Mishap, Magic, Minneapolis and Mabon

Yesterday I got to my bus stop on time only for no bus to arrive. And then the next bus didn't arrive. I waited in the sun for over an hour in high heels with no bench before a bus arrived, driven by a man more interested in reading his newspaper than keeping an eye on what was happening around him. As soon as I found a familiar neighborhood I bolted off the bus and dove into a sandwich shop to collect myself and fight back tears.No matter what you do, you will have a setback that makes it … [Read more...]

Eager for Decay: Looking Forward to Autumn

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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...]

Merrily Roar Out Our Harvest Home!

I love all the different names our holidays have, and how they are celebrated in different traditions. The Wild Hunt has a nice feature up this morning with a fantastic picture of the Long Man of Wilmington.Supposedly the name Mabon is a recent thing, attributed to Aidan Kelly in the 70's, and it's reference to an obscure character in Arthurian legend has always struck me as odd. What I've really been digging is more traditionally English names for our holidays, rather then the Gaelic ones … [Read more...]

13 Songs for the Autumnal Equinox

I tried writing a post today three different times. Wasn't happening. So maybe we all just need some music. The autumnal equinox, or Mabon, or the Witch's Thanksgiving is upon us. I think music about food, family and reflection sounds pretty good.I hope you have family you can be with this weekend, biological or adopted, and I hope you're harvesting things for which you're truly grateful. May we be surrounded by love and abundance as we move into the dark half of the year.13. Home Again by … [Read more...]

Pre-Mabon Inspiration

I'm busier than a one-legged man in a butt-kicking contest today, so here's something for everyone prepping for Mabon this weekend. Your regular crankyness will resume on the morrow. … [Read more...]

Wyrd Designs – The Holy Tides – Winter Nights

Just as our pagan cousins celebrate the eight major sabbats or holidays that comprise the Wheel of the Year, for those of us in the Northern Tradition we too have somewhat similar key celebrations that we call holy tides. Some of these celebrations, like the one now upon us known as Winter Nights, are more special than others and these are known as high holy tides.Some practitioners of the Northern Tradition are celebrating Winter Nights around now, the time of the autumnal equinox so it is … [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...]


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