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A little hungover...and I have a stiff neck... [Sep. 22nd, 2003|02:45 pm]
Miss Von Trapp
Mabon
Autumn Equinox, 2nd Harvest, September 21st

Mabon, (pronounced MAY-bun, MAY-bone, MAH-boon, or MAH-bawn) is the Autumn Equinox. The Autumn Equinox divides the day and night equally, and we all take a moment to pay our respects to the impending dark. We also give thanks to the waning sunlight, as we store our harvest of this year's crops. The Druids call this celebration, Mea'n Fo'mhair, and honor the The Green Man, the God of the Forest, by offering libations to trees. Offerings of ciders, wines, herbs and fertilizer are appropriate at this time. Wiccans celebrate the aging Goddess as she passes from Mother to Crone, and her consort the God as he prepares for death and re-birth.

Mabon is considered a time of the Mysteries. It is a time to honor Aging Deities and the Spirit World. Considered a time of balance, it is when we stop and relax and enjoy the fruits of our personal harvests, whether they be from toiling in our gardens, working at our jobs, raising our families, or just coping with the hussle-bussle of everyday life. May your Mabon be memorable, and your hearts and spirits be filled to overflowing!

http://www.wicca.com/celtic/akasha/mabon.htm

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Last night was great!! I went round to Stainless's flat and met up with lots of other fellow Wiccans, and we had a celebratory Mabon evening...

(although at one point, I had too much red wine and was a 'little' sick...but I recovered within the hour and was okay again...I'm always practical about being drunk...if I've had too much I'm deliberately sick to sober up again...how bacchanalian lolol)

In my own opinion, Mabon is the culmination of harvest, and also the impending departure of the sun and of the god. The nights at this time are equal yet will soon draw in... The goddess is ripe and bountiful at this time, but historically, we must make store for the winter when she is going to be less so. It is a time to make new promises to ourselves...to turn over a new leaf (symbolically and in real life) as it were.

We sat and carved candles with runes of our choosing, then rubbed in Dragon's Blood (a plant extract) to seal them...and then lit our candles and left them to burn out...they looked beautiful too...white rune-carved candles covered in a paprika-coloured powder...so the runes were darker where carved, with the light behind them...

After which was the point where I'd drunk a little too much...and came over a bit funny...
I blame the handmade chocolate cookies myself...they were a bit 'special'.

Then we took some paper each, and a silver pen, and wrote new promises to ourselves and wishes for the rest of the year. I wrote mine in runic and my name in my own way...my own sigil (which you can see in the bottom right of my scribbling about two posts down.) It's my initials, made into a 'shape'...though one of the letters is backwards. Then we rolled up/folded our bits of paper and tied them with ribbon to the large gnarly, twisty bit of tree branch on the altar.

Later on, about 1am, we went to the park near my house...it has a big stone altar in the middle of it...all marble-y nice it is too...and dark, with bats flitting overhead and huge, huge trees...quiet and still and lovely. And undisturbed. We were going to be an element each (I was water), but Air fell asleep...so we abandoned that idea and carried on with the three of us...while the rest either slept, lay on the grass or had to go home...

Fire said a couple of seasonal things...then we held hands to form a circle, and thanked the world for being so alive...trees, clouds, bats...all the elements in our fantastic creation...

Pulled the candles into the middle of the altar, surrounding a pile of autumn leaves and acorns, and held the athame point down into the pile of leaves in the middle...each of us stated our goals, wishes and resolutions for the rest of the year...then each of us took a bite out of some apple (this was a big deal for me since I don't eat fruit)...and threw the rest as far as we could for the park animals...squirrels etc...I had a 'dead poets society' moment in my head...remembering the part in the film where they're all running to the cave...same atmosphere for me.

Woke up Air finally, as it was beginning to rain...rather than the misty drizzle we'd been in for an hour...and we cleared up and went home...

I stopped by my park outside the front door - and took some willow twigs from the huge willow tree in the park, thanked it muchly and went in.

Cup of tea, orange viscount biscuit, off to bed.


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I have a stiff neck. Slept at a funny angle I think...so now I'll have to put up with it at work tonight...

Now I'm awake, and I have to think about getting ready for work...bleh!!

*grin*

Apparently...
I'm a generally unfuckwitted, liberal, not-too-generous, not-too-selfish, seizure-inducingly boring spod!
See how compatible you are with me!
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From: dscandles
2003-09-22 08:28 am (UTC)
I'm 70-something% compatible with you. Big woop, I'm too tired to care. lol Annnnnnyway, sorry about the hang over dearie.

I'm a generally unfuckwitted, liberal, tight as fuck, relatively well adjusted human being!
See how compatible you are with me!
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[User Picture]From: vimster
2003-09-22 09:38 am (UTC)
Does the treadmill never end?
At least it's autumn.
Sorry, feeling a touch cheesed off this afternoon, so I'll leave it there.
Be good ;)
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[User Picture]From: missvontrapp
2003-09-23 07:23 am (UTC)
Treadmill?

The wheel never stops certainly...
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[User Picture]From: vimster
2003-09-23 07:35 am (UTC)
Yeah you know, the treadmill, that sort of big hamster-wheel they used to get horses to walk on to power mills.
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[User Picture]From: vimster
2003-09-23 07:45 am (UTC)
Oh and aparently I'm 88% compatible with you... it was probably the American TV shows I don't know about that distorted the score a bit, I don't know.
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[User Picture]From: serpentbearer
2003-09-22 10:24 am (UTC)
Yay, I'm 90% compatible with you (shame I'm not a single goth bloke with long dark hair etc. etc. LOL)
I'm an apparently intelligent, liberal, not-too-generous, not-too-selfish, relatively well adjusted human being!
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[User Picture]From: missvontrapp
2003-09-23 07:24 am (UTC)
Rar!!

Glad you're relatively well-adjusted hehe!!

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