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My Daughter

 

My darling girl

If I could

I would bear

This sadness

For you

 

Comfort

I would offer

With open arms

Healing your

Bruised heart

 

As I hold you

Crooning softly

Telling you

Of your ancestors

 

How the pain

You feel

Not different

Than the women

Before you

 

Those tears

In your eyes

Are tears of

Countless others

Stifled at night

 

Whispered advice

I would give

Borne of wisdom

From these

Strong women

 

In your veins

Flows courage

Tenacity . . . Power

 

When adversity

Or death calls

The backbone

Of your heritage

Will be there

Close your eyes

See them

Standing firm

Behind you

 

Callista, Elizabeth,

Veronica and Ruth

Margaret, Bridget,

Mary and Frances

 

These women

Keened their loss

Then stood up

Pushed on

 

You . . .

are never alone

With you

They stand

Forever

 

This heritage

This lineage

Of endurance

My daughter

Is my gift

To you

 

Wild Thing ŠAugust 3, 2017



Merry Mabon!

 

    Mabon coincides with the Autumnal Equinox, Mea’n Fo’mhair and this day sees light and dark in balance again before the dark days begin. This was a solar festival of significant importance to the ancient Irish, who used the sky as both clock and calendar. Several Neolithic (Stone Age) temples were built devoted to the equinox as a method of time keeping. We celebrate the bounty of the earth as we harvest her fruits. It’s a time of mysterious lore, wisdom, equality and balance. 

As it follows Lughnasadh, the first harvest, it is the second harvest festival, celebrated with a feast to give thanks for the fruits of the earth and to acknowledge the harsh times to come during the dark period. The Irish Celts did not seem to have a specific name for this time of year. It has become known as Mabon, but it is a recent neo-pagan name taken from the Welsh mythological character Modron .

The Christian equivalent of the autumnal equinox is Michaelmas, the feast of St. Michael the Archangel who defeated Lucifer and is the protector against the dark of night. Showing once again, that as the Church spread, to get pagans to assimilate as they converted them, they absorbed a pagan holiday into their calendar.

Celebrate this day spiritually by seeking balance within yourself as well as to seek balance in your outer world. A time to honor the dark and the light. For without dark there can be no light. Meaning, the dark is a time for regeneration and rebirth, coming forth in the light to grow. 

To celebrate this day of balance and harvest decorate your altar and home autumn leaves, grape vines, acorns, asters, ferns, honeysuckle, milkweed, mums, pine, gourds, cinnamon sticks, corn sheaves, rose, and Indian Corn hanging on the front door; with a cornucopia filled with apples and grapes. 

Traditional foods are pies, nut breads, roast meats, and hearty bean soups simmering on the stove. With cider as a beverage. Season the food with the herbs you’ve grown. 

Incenses to burn are myrrh, pine, sage, sweetgrass choose the colors of gold, yellow, red, rust, and brown for the candles. Crystals that help connect with the season are Aventurine, Amber, Amethyst, Carnelian, Clear Quartz, Citrine, Lapis Lazuli, Sapphire, and Yellow Agate. Honor the spirit animals of owl, eagle, wolf, raven and stag.

In the evening, bonfires to light the night in honor of the long nights and short days to come with music, singing, dancing, and storytelling.

May your month of Mabon be thankful and full of many blessings my darlings …

 

Wildly Yours,

Wild Thing

Goddess of the Cosmos, Queen of the Faeries, Mistress of the Dragons, Lady of the Mist

 

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