8 Ways to Celebrate the Autumn Equinox/Mabon

No matter what you choose to call it, the Autumn Equinox has long been one of my favorite sabbats. It’s a time when I can almost hear the Wheel of the Year turning, and signs of change are everywhere. There’s so much to harvest in the garden, and the sunflowers that stood so tall and proud back in August are now heavy and tired, ready to share their seeds with the waiting earth. The nights are now starting earlier too, with sunsets now noticeably earlier in the evening. Early Fall is a magickal time, and here are a few ideas on ways to celebrate.
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How to Attract Faeries and Work with Them in Your Craft

Whether you call them faeries, fairies, the fae, or the fey, nature and elemental spirits are powerful and poetic allies. Working with them has many benefits. They can make a house feel like a home, and can bring a sense of etherial magic to your practice.

Fairies, John Atkinson Grimshaw. Public Domain.
I’ve been blessed with fae energy throughout my life. I credit this to my mother, who believed in faeries long after her childhood, and raised me in a home decorated with beautiful, witchy objects.

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This Mabon, Honor the Dark Goddess

The young mother-maiden swings a picnic basket, and lays down a blanket, bread, and cheese. The old crone pulls a bottle of cyser mead from her carpetbag, and pours it into glasses. They clink and make a toast to Mabon, or the autumn equinox — the day when the light and darkness are most equal.
I imagine the goddesses speak of the things that happened in the past six months. The maiden tells the dark goddess of human events and earthly occurrences, of devastations and accomplishments. The dark goddess speaks of the world of emotions and subterranean forces, of feelings beneath the surface. They nod, laugh, and shake their heads.

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Mabon – A Solitary Ritual

Holidays and holy days are better with friends and family.  But many Pagans maintain solitary practices.  Even if you work with a group, sometimes you can’t be with them for one reason or another.  And sometimes your group meets on a convenient day but you feel the need to celebrate on the exact day.  Whatever the reason, many Pagans will be celebrating the Autumn Equinox by themselves.
Mabon is the second of the three Celtic harvest festivals.  It’s the apple harvest and the celebration of the equinox, the time of equal day and night.  The actual equinox is Wednesday, September 23 at 3:22 AM CDT. For the next six months, the nights will be longer than the days.

Read more at http://www.patheos.com/blogs/johnbeckett/2015/09/mabon-a-solitary-ritual.html#BQSXv2GBjzZJRVlI.99

Pagan Sacred Callings That Aren’t Priesthood

In the last post on Intermediate Polytheism, I mentioned listening to the Gods so as to hear what They’re calling you to do. That call may or may not include priesthood.
Priesthood is a specific set of duties and commitments, and it often looks very different from what Catholic priests and Protestant ministers do. There are many forms of service – priesthood is only one.
In 2014 I wrote a fairly lengthy post titled Priesthood – A Modern Pagan View. That was a condensation of a longer essay I wrote as part of my ordination training. I listed lots of things that priests do, but I grouped them into three main categories: serving the Gods, mediating for the Gods, and serving their communities. That post stands on its own and I encourage you to read it. I’m going to quote one section and then move on.

Read more at http://www.patheos.com/blogs/johnbeckett/2017/09/pagan-sacred-callings.html#RXRTRSzSUAiKYzbf.99

A Kitchen Witch’s Autumn Equinox (Mabon)

A Kitchen Witch’s Autumn Equinox (Mabon) – The Autumn Equinox brings about the balance of equal day and night.  It is a time to not only celebrate the second harvest of the year but also to give thanks for all that we have, to look back on the warm summer months and all that they have brought us and to welcome the colder, darker days and nights ahead.
Bread features again for this celebration along with cake (of course, there always has to be cake), fruits, nuts and vegetables.

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http://www.patheos.com/blogs/beneaththemoon/2017/09/kitchen-witchs-autumn-equinox-mabon/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&utm_campaign=Pagan&utm_content=37

Wicca: A New Major Religion

“In August of 2017 The Atlantic’s website published an article entitled Why Are There No New Major Religions? It’s a fun article, and name-checks a few contemporary religious and spiritual movements, most noticeably Scientology (which is sort of a cousin) and the veneration of Santa Muerte, a deity/folk-saint popular in both Catholic and magickal circles. What the article does not mention is Wicca, and while I’m not surprised, I will admit to being disappointed.

While Wicca has managed to work its way into the public consciousness over the last thirty years especially, it’s most often presented as little more than a curiosity. The more benign articles promise Witchcraft like you’ve never …”

Read more at http://www.patheos.com/blogs/panmankey/2017/09/wicca-new-major-religion/#IU7YgXzzsx67f0RA.99

Crystals and their Healing Uses

This is more a subjective question. The best crystal to use is more subjective and so it is best to go with intuition where possible. When reviewing Crystals, thinking of the person and then feeling with your gut for a response is one way; some use a pendulum . This being said there are often common solutions.
The Crystal Table below has been compiled from such common solutions. These references should be taken as reliable guide, but not the final word.

For further reading on the healing use of crystals I suggest reviewing books by the following Authors;

http://www.shamanscrystal.co.uk/page/healinguse