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.



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.


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.


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 …”


Hurricane Prayers

While Hurricane Irma is the latest catastrophic storm to hit the USA within about five weeks let us not forget those who lived through and are trying to recover from Hurricane Harvey.

We have brother and sisters that are being or have been affected by the current and former hurricanes.  Both need our prayers and any other type of support we can give them. Supporting them can be as easy as places a message to the survivors in the comment section below. If you want to donate anything more materialistic find a reputable charity to donate money through. The reason I say money, not clothing or food is we are not in those peoples place so we do not know what they have need of the most. Plus shipping items into devastated areas can delay supplies that are most needed at any given time.

Dear Lady and Lord

Please be with our brothers and sisters

to keep them safe.

So mote it be.

In Irma path

I would like to request that we pray for all Floridians that are in the path of Irma. The prayers that I request is that they get sense on how bad it’s going to be and get to safety by leaving the area or get to a shelter before the storm arrives. I be seeing that some are hunkering down at their homes. I am personally praying to my Goddess and Gods for their safety in this upcoming disaster. I do have family in the target area where Irma is heading. Thank you in advance for doing this my sister and brothers.

Manannán mac Lir

Manannán Mac Lir was the legendary sea-god of the Tuatha Dé Danann. These were the people that lived in Ireland during the Bronze Age. He also appears in lots of the Scots and Manx ( Isle of Man ) mythology.
Manannán Mac Lir is said to have been the first ruler of the Isle of Man, and the Tuatha Dé Danann believed he had a great palace and throne there.

In fact, this is where he got his name, as ‘Manand’ is the Old Irish name for the Isle of Man. As his surname suggests, he was the son of Lir. Lir, meaning ‘sea’, was a great sea-god and it seems that Manannán eventually took over that role.

Mabon Cooking

Mabon is a holiday dedicated to family, feasting and friends. Try some of our favorite fall-themed recipes to celebrate the autumn equinox!

Baked Apples with Salted Caramel Sauce
Baked Apples
Make a bunch of baked apples to celebrate Mabon. Image by Armstrong Studios/Photolibrary/Getty Images
If you’ve gone apple picking for Mabon, this is a delicious way to use some of them up! Stuffed with nuts, raisins, and spices, these baked apples can be topped with salted caramel sauce, vanilla ice cream, or both! Go ahead, we won’t judge you for your food choices! More »