The ocean, with its boundless expanse, carries within its depths a profound energy of cleansing. As waves rhythmically kiss the shore and retreat, they seem to carry away not only grains of sand, but also the burdens that we carry within ourselves.
The sound of crashing waves is like a soothing chant, inviting us to release our worries and fears. With each foamy embrace, the ocean whispers, “Let go.” Salt-laden winds gently sweep away the cobwebs of our minds, leaving a sense of renewal in their wake.
As we immerse ourselves in the ocean’s embrace, its cool waters wrap around us like a comforting embrace from nature itself. The ebb and flow of the tides mirror the cycles of life, reminding us that just as the ocean renews itself, so too can we find a renewal of spirit.
Staring out at the horizon where sea meets sky, we become aware of our place in the universe—a small part of something vast and eternal. The ocean’s cleansing energies invite us to reflect on our journey, to release that which no longer serves us, and to find solace in the rhythm of nature’s timeless embrace.
Warrior Children- Amongst the tides, where seabirds soar, Where warrior children learn the lore, In echoes of the past, we find, The bonds that tie our souls combined. ~Freyja, WildEarthSong 2023
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In the heart of authenticity lies the ownership of our wild selves, an unapologetic embrace of our unique essence. Just as nature follows her rhythms with an effortless grace, so too should we honor our own cadence. It’s in the untamed corners of our spirit that we discover sovereignty — the liberated state of being true to who we are.
Nature, the ultimate teacher, whispers wisdom through her ever-shifting seasons and dance of elements. As we attune ourselves to her rhythms, we synchronize with the symphony of life, experiencing the ebb and flow of growth, decay, and rebirth. In this synchrony, we find a reflection of our own journey, our capacity to shed old layers and emerge anew.
To be sovereign is to stand bold and fearless, much like the towering trees that stand unshaken by the storms. In the forest’s quiet wisdom, we learn that vulnerability is a strength, just as a delicate bloom unfurling its petals can withstand the elements. Authenticity, in its raw and unfiltered form, becomes a beacon, guiding us back to the core of our being.
So let us listen to the whispers of the winds, heed the call of the wild, and follow the path that resonates with the heartbeat of our own nature. In doing so, we honor our sovereignty, celebrate our authenticity, and join the symphony of nature’s rhythms that echo through our spirits.
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In the heart of authenticity lies the ownership of our wild selves....WildEarthSong
The Second Harvest
September 23, 2023
By Priestess Novaembre
Mabon is the seventh sabbat on the Wheel of the Year. It is the autumn equinox, a solar sabbat, when the hours of darkness and the hours of light are exactly equal, as if the scales are perfectly balanced, but the hours of darkness will now increase. Equinox literally means “equal night.” It is the middle of autumn. It is also known as Second Harvest. First Harvest, the bread harvest is Lammas, July 30/Aug 1. Second Harvest is the harvest of grapes and other fruit. Samhain is the third harvest, the last one before the hard freeze when all the crops must be in.
The word “Mabon” is said to come from Queen Mab of the faery people (Maeve of the Celts). The Sabbat was also called Alban Elved in Wales, Second Harvest Festival, Wine Harvest, Feast of Avalon, and Harvest Home. Because a harvest supper, a dinner of thanksgiving and celebration, was part of this sabbat, along with the themes of thankfulness, this sabbat is known as the “Witches Thanksgiving.” We pay our respects to the approaching dark time of the year and give thanks to the waning sunlight.
At this sabbat we are poised between light and darkness, life, and death. We mourn what is passing, celebrate that which is bountiful and are reminded that the Mother will hold the seed of Light in Her womb until the time of rebirth. This is a time for us to look at our own scales, the bounty of our own personal harvest weighted against our life’s experience. This is a time to take the gifts given from experience and make them a part of who and what we are. These experiences regenerate into wisdom. By doing so we honor these events, people and experiences that have so impacted our journey and our being and in honoring these we make them sacred.
At this time, the sun enters the constellation of Libra, the scales, and we celebrate all we have harvested, both physically and spiritually. In China this is Chung Ch’ui, the end of the rice harvest. In Judaism it is Succoth, the harvest holiday. This is one of the oldest harvest celebrations in Europe. Themes are abundance, balance, and thanksgiving.
To Celebrate Mabon Today
excerpt from: https://www.sacredwicca.com/mabon-sabbat
- Make solar disks for the birds by hanging sunflowers in the trees. Bless them with a prayer.
- Gather food and place in a basket to give to a local food bank.
- Make a Sun Wheel using paper plates and gold glitter.
- Wire two sticks together to form an equal-armed cross and decorate with leaves etc.
- Fill a cornucopia with apples, nuts, grapes etc. and place it in the center of your altar.
- Harvest what is ready in your garden and tend what is not yet ready. Give thanks to your plants for their bounty.
- Create a small outdoor altar as a sacred space to honor the spirits of your land. Leave offerings of your garden's bounty.
- Make offerings to animals by scattering seeds and grains in special shapes such as solar disks or yin-yang symbols.
- Make offerings to woodland creatures by leaving some of your garden fruits, nuts and vegetables in the forest.
- Collect seeds from your garden for next year's crops.
- If you have grapevines, leave an offering of wine to Bacchus.
- Go for a walk outdoors and gather brightly colored leaves.
- Plant herbs, bulbs, vines and new trees.
- Gather with your friends and have a potluck feast.
- String a necklace of hazelnuts and place on your altar to gain protection over the coming dark months.
Mabon correspondences include:
excerpt from: https://www.sacredwicca.com/mabon-sabbat
- Goddesses - Arawn, Ashtoreth, Ceridwen, Demeter & Persephone, Epona, Freya, Hathor, Inanna, Ishtar, Isis, Kore, Ma'at, Modrun, Morrigan, Venus
- Symbols of Mabon - Cornucopia, Rattles, Sun Wheels
- Colors - Brown, Red, Maroon, Orange, Yellow, Gold,
- Stones - Amber, Amethyst, Citrine, Topaz, Tiger-Eye, Cat's-Eye
- Animals - Blackbird, Butterfly, Dog, Eagle, Hawk, Owl, Pig, Salmon, Snake, Stag, Swallow, Swan, Turkey Vulture, Wolf,
- Plants - Acorns, Apples, Aster, Blackberry, Chamomile, Chrysanthemum, Corn, Fern, Gourds, Grain, Grapes, Hazel, Hops, Ivy, Marigold, Milkweed, Nuts, Pomegranate, Pumpkin, Rose, Rue, Saffron, Sage, Solomon's Seal, Sunflower, Thistle, Tobacco, Wheat, Yarrow
- Incense - Benzoin, Cedar, Frankincense, Myrrh, Pine
Nearly all of the myths and legends popular at this time of the year focus on the themes of life, death, and rebirth. Not much of a surprise, when you consider that this is the time at which the earth begins to die before winter sets in!
Artwork by: Megan Welti