Mabon Incense

Recommendation:

Pine, sage, sweetgrass or myrhh


Magical Aspect:

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!

(www.thewhitegoddess.co.uk)


Litha Favors

Altar decorate with acorns, oak sprigs, pine and cypress cones, ears of corn, wheat stalks and other fruits and nuts. Also place there a small rustic basket filled with dried leaves of various colors and kinds.

Herbs – 

Incense – 

Pine, sage, sweetgrass or myrhh. You can also mix marigold, passionflower, and fern

Stones – 

Magick –

This Sabbat is about the balance between light and dark, with equal amounts of day and night.

Samhain: October 31st - November 1st

October 31: Samhain Eve

Also known as: November Eve, Feast of the Dead, Feast of Apples, Hallows and All Hallows Eve.

Possibly the biggest festival of the Witches’ year, Samhain is a time to remember those who have passed on, celebrate the Summers end and prepare for Winter months ahead. The Sun God and earth fall into slumber, as the nights lengthen and winter begins.

Samhain, (pronounced SOW-in, SAH-vin, or SAM-hayne) means "End of Summer", and is the third and final Harvest. The dark winter half of the year commences on this Sabbat.

Various other names for this Greater Sabbat are Third Harvest, Samana, Day of the Dead, Old Hallowmas (Scottish/Celtic), Vigil of Saman, Shadowfest (Strega), and Samhuinn. Also known as All Hallow's Eve, (that day actually falls on November 7th), and Martinmas (that is celebrated November 11th), Samhain is now generally considered the Witch's New Year.

It is generally celebrated on October 31st, but some traditions prefer November 1st.It is one of the two "spirit-nights" each year, the other being Beltane. It is a magical interval when the mundane laws of time and space are temporarily suspended, and the Thin Veil between the worlds is lifted. Communicating with ancestors and departed loved ones is easy at this time, for they journey through this world on their way to the Summerlands.

It is a time to study the Dark Mysteries and honor the Dark Mother and the Dark Father, symbolized by the Crone and her aged Consort. Tradition also teaches that the aid of spirits and guides from the other world was easily enlisted at this time, so in the increasing moonlight of longer nights, many used this time to hone their psychic and divinatory skills, especially with regard to love and marriage.

Originally known as the "Feast of the Dead" this sabbat was celebrated in Celtic countries by leaving food offerings on altars and doorsteps for the "wandering dead".Today a lot of practitioners still carry out that tradition. Single candles were lit and left in a window to help guide the spirits of ancestors and loved ones home. Extra chairs were set to the table and around the hearth for the unseen guest. Apples were buried along roadsides and paths for spirits who were lost or had no descendants to provide for them. Turnips were hollowed out and carved to look like protective spirits, for this was a night of magic and chaos.

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(Excerpt: https://wicca.com/celtic/akasha/samhainlore.htm)

 


 

"Complete Book of Witchcraft" - class & study group

When:  No workshop scheduled at this time.

Where: Silver Sister's Cottage, 6256 Yadkin Road Suite 105-B, Fayetteville, NC 28303

 


 

Fayetteville "Trick-or-Treat Downtown"

When:  October 31st, Tuesday

Where:  Downtown Fayetteville

The Downtown District is inviting little ones to trick-or-treat in Downtown Fayetteville! Nearly 50 shops, restaurants, museums and government offices are ready to welcome you with candy and fun this Halloween for safe, fun trick-or-treating at shops and restaurants.

Event Admission: Free

https://www.facebook.com/events/126146518102772

 


 

Pagan Pride Raleigh

When:  Sept. 16 and 17,  2017 Saturday & Sunday, 10am-6pm

Where:  NC State Fairgrounds Gate 5, 974 Youth Center Dr, Raleigh, NC

Admission:  Donation for the Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC.

http://www.cncppd.org/