Eager for Decay: Looking Forward to Autumn

Autumn is my favorite season. I revel in it. I read somewhere once that Hel's kingdom was forever a misty autumn, and whether that is true or not, it makes me reluctant to grab hold of a sword when I near death.Loving autumn is a strange thing. Everything is in decline, in decay. Entropy is winning. Those bright leaves? That's the result of trees trying desperately to stave off the inevitable winter. It's a season of death, and I love it.I'm not the only one. Almost everywhere I look … [Read more...]

Longing for Hallows

I considered trying some humor today. Writing about the "War on Halloween" or something like that. Yet, all around me leaves are blazing and drifting slowly to the ground. The afternoon light makes the mountains glow like molten gold. I'm in love with this season.It's strange how seductive the season can be. The oranges and golds, the chill in the air, the scent of woodsmoke and the waning light all mean one thing: we are being drawn into darkness. We find this comforting, like retreating into … [Read more...]

The Holiness of Summer’s End

The leaves are turning golden and scarlet. Not all of them, not yet. Just tiny flashes of splendor in the mountains. It catches your breath. It's as if you've seen something mythic, magical, and holy peeking out at you from the dark woods.Harvest is my favorite season. The Lammas Tide wells up, then ebbs as the Hallows Tide washes in. Wrapped up in the busyness of heat and summer, we rush around until something catches our breath. Suddenly a flash of scarlet in the leaves, or a cool chill … [Read more...]

A Challenge For October

In a few days, September will be over and we will have entered the month of Samhain, the month in which some of us celebrate Winter Nights, the month immediately preceding the Day of the Dead, the month which is, in so much of Paganism given over to honoring the ancestors. I think this is good. Granted, I think it is even better to honor the ancestors consistently throughout the year but I am glad we have a holy tide centering around celebrating those who came before us. It’s all too easy to f … [Read more...]

Thoughts on Autumn

I don't want to think about Christine O'Donnell or Eddie Long or any of the other issues and scandals rocking our nation. Something important has happened. Something tremendous. Something I have been longing and yearning for weeks to happen, if not months.The leaves are changing, and with them, so is life changing. My entire being is renewed and refreshed by the sight of a handful of leaves. I have waited for autumn for so long! The heat of summer was oppressive and drear, but autumn, oh … [Read more...]

Mabon Meditations

I adore this time of year. There’s a crispness in the air, the herald of colder, darker things to come. The leaves are just beginning to change into what, in my region of the US, will soon become a riotous panoply of color. I live in the belly of the mountains, in the Hudson River Valley and fall is something to be celebrated here for its beauty alone. It’s as if the lines of varied color show, for a few brief weeks, the very and varied musculature of the mountains, rippling, stretching and pre … [Read more...]

13 Songs for Mabon

The list of songs is a bit darker for Mabon. Partly due to the season and partly due to my current mood. I'm craving darkly ambient, magical music lately. Enjoy and be sure to add links to songs I missed in the comments. What are your favorite Mabon songs?13. Days of Yore - MabonNever heard of these guys before but even from this bad recording they sound interesting.12. Enya - March of the CeltsSimply classic.10. Hugin the Bard - An Oak GrowsI was fortunate to meet Hugin the … [Read more...]

Meandering Towards Mabon

The weather is so nice. The windows are open to the breezes. Autumn is on it's way and I can't wait. After a summer that seemed fraught with ill-luck and misfortune for so many of my friends it feels like abundance is on the way. You can feel good things coming, as if apples and squash are invading your cupboards in your sleep.I am ready to bake, to be hospitable, to be open to the cool breezes coming my way. There is joyful anticipation in the air, and for that I am thankful. I don't have … [Read more...]

Preparing for Fall

Summer is almost over. We’ve just passed the Holy Tide of Lammas, our harvest festival and now we’re approaching the Autumnal Equinox. I love this time of year. As the heat gives way to the cool chill of fall, and the days begin to shorten, I always find myself rejuvenated. With this Equinox my favorite cycle of holy tides begins, culminating in Yule, perhaps the holiest of Heathen holy days. I love the dark time, the crispness, the push toward a greater interiority of personal practice that I al … [Read more...]