A Thought for Today

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From the television show American Horror Story, Season 3 it was about a coven of gray witches.

Every person is an indiviual and uniquie so it stands to reas that every persons practice of The Craft and their spirituality will not be the exact same way of another person. Even in covens evceryone does not always do everything magickal the exact same way. The most important thing is to be true to yourself and beliefes in your daily journey through this and all your lifetimes.

Blessed be dear ones.

Ostara – Spring Equinox

From: THE WHITE GODDESS website

Ostara: Spring Equinox (Ostara) – March 21st/22nd

Incense: Jasmine, Rose
Decorations: Yellow Disk or Wheel, Coloured Egg’s, Hare Decorations, Spring Flowers
Colours: Yellow

This marks the Spring Equinox. This is the Pagan “Easter” – or rather, this is the day that Christians borrowed to be their Easter. It is traditionally the day of equilibrium, neither harsh winter or the merciless summer, and is a time of childish wonder. Painted eggs, baskets of flowers and the like are generally used to decorate the house. It is common to use this time to free yourself from things which hinder progress. As a day of equilibrium, it is a good time to perform self banishings and also perform workings to gain things we have lost, or to gain qualities we wish to have.

The second of the 3 spring festivals, this Sabbat occurs in mid march when day and night are of equal length. This festival is also of fertility where seeds are blessed for planting soon after. Traditional colours for this holiday are light green, lemon yellow and pale pink.

To read the rest of this article on Ostara from The White Goddess website use this link:

http://www.thewhitegoddess.co.uk/the_wheel_of_the_year/ostara_-_spring_equinox.asp

Mabon – Autumn Equinox

From: THE WHITE GODDESS website

Mabon: Autumn Equinox – September 21st-23rd

Gwyl canol Hydref or Mabon: (Also known as Harvest Home, Harvest Tide, Fall Equinox, Autumn Equinox etc.), September 21-24.

Actual Date and Time of Autumnal Equinox: 20.44 22nd Sept 2013

Technically, an equinox is an astronomical point and, due to the fact that the earth wobbles on its axis slightly, the date may vary by a few days depending on the year. The autumnal equinox occurs when the sun crosses the equator on its apparent journey southward, and we experience a day and a night that are of equal duration. Up until Mabon, the hours of daylight have been greater than the hours from dusk to dawn. But from now on, the reverse holds true.

Mabon marks the middle of harvest, it is a time of equal day and equal night, and for the moment nature is in balance. It is a time to reap what you have sown, of giving thanks for the harvest and the bounty the Earth provides. For finishing up old projects and plans and planting the seeds for new enterprises or a change in lifestyle. Mabon is a time of celebration and balance.

This is the time to look back not just on the past year, but also your life, and to plan for the future. In the rhythm of the year, Mabon is a time of rest and celebration, after the hard work of gathering the crops. Warm autumn days are followed by chill nights, as the Old Sun God returns to the embrace of the Goddess.

The passing of Mabon is inevitable and The Sun God should be mourned. We too, must remember that all things must come to an end. So the Sun God journeys into the lands of winter and into the Goddess’ loving arms, but endings are a good time to celebrate our successes, thank our selves and those who helped us, and take part in the balance of life!
Table of Autumnal Equinoxes

Year Date Time (GMT)
2003 23 September 10:46
2004 22 September 16:29
2005 22 September 22:22
2006 23 September 04:02
2007 23 September 09:50
2008 22 September 15:43
2009 22 September 21:18
2010 23 September 03:08
2011 23 September 10:04
2012 22 September 15:49
2013 22 September 21:44
2014 23 September 03:29
2015 23 September 08:22
2016 22 September 14:21
2017 22 September 20:02
2018 23 September 01:54
2019 23 September 07:50
2020 22 September 13:30

For more on this Sabbat article on The White Goddess website go to:

http://www.thewhitegoddess.co.uk/the_wheel_of_the_year/mabon_-_autumn_equinox.asp