It’s a beautiful day here in NYC. The Sun God has risen and is shining his light upon us. I stayed up to welcome him and am glad I did because it was a glorious sunrise. Multiple blessings to all my friends and may you have a wonderful season of rebirth!
Some Music for you: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UShXvBKoEo4&list=RDUShXvBKoEo4&t=1
Over Twenty years ago I was working in a Veterinary Hospital as a receptionist in the East Village. It was across the street from the original Enchantments store. At that time at best I was deeply into New Age things. Meditation and Herbalism included as well as raising energy and working with color and music, angels, spirits and working as a reader and a medium. My Great Grandmother on my Italian side was a Strega but even though my Dads mother my Grandmohter passed on her mothers knowledge to me in cards and palm readings and even though I had been reading books on magic and witchcraft since I was a small girl, I was terrified of this store.
I imagined it was full of evil people doing terrible things. You know, what everyone kind of thinks of witches! I had been in once for a reading a few years before this but I was so terrified I almost ran out.
Now, daily I looked at this store with its interestingly scary, sexy and colorful decorations for each holiday that witches celebrated always changing in the main window. I would have heart flutters and an exciting feeling in my belly every time I passed it. I would sit in my receptionists chair looking at it an desperately wanting to go in. I eventually would walk over there and look at the window. Never going in.
One day I did.
It happened to be a day or two before Mabon. The people in the store were lovely and kind and a bespectacled man (Joe Zukowski, later to become my teacher) asked me what I was looking for. I told him just to try a little something. He said, “Well the holiday is today, there’s some nice incense we just made up at the counter. Why not just sit and let it fill your space?” I took a sniff of the little wax paper bag with its hand written word MABON across it. I didn’t know what Mabon was and so I asked only to discover it was just the fall equinox and something I paid attention every year of my life (thanks to my Irish Catholic mother and Italian Grandmother who both acknowledged these yearly turning points in different ways) and so, I bought the little bag, a candle carved for the holiday with scary symbols and some oil. I went home, prepared a wonderful dinner for my little son and burned it and yes, let it fill my space.
I never turned back. Mabon was my first holiday. Its where I stepped on the Wheel of the Year. Within a year I would be student of Joe’s and studying Wicca at Enchantments, going to multiple rituals with people I grew to love deeply. I have been a practicing witch since that day so long ago. That day the Goddess claimed me.
It was surely my harvest. I had been on the path unknowingly for all of my life to that point and that day I knew it.
That day I began a path full of blessing and wonder.
I have never lost my wonder and excitement. May you enjoy yours.
Blessed Mabon. Blessed Harvest.
Well, with all the things going on in my life at the moment some things, like putting up my altar wreath (I have one for each Sabbat) and actually making a feast and get together did not happen this year I am afraid. However, tomorrow I will be having high tea in NYC at Tea & Sympathy in the Village with a good friend of mine to mark the day.
I think the Goddess will be happy with our merriment and the inclusion of her in the bustling place full of wonderful English smells and tastes!
Ostara here this year has been tough. It snowed just before the day and it has been really crazy weather, quite changeable and many are very coughing!
I was going to begin to go outside more into parks and celebrate the day and I might but I fear I no longer feel really safe to celebrate my religion out in the open considering the political climate of the day.
I am sure I will enjoy many a get together and picnic but athame, chanting, drums and dance will have to be kept private for now. My magickal practice as well.
I have been through many such changes as a witch. In comes the tide of acceptance and out it goes again as people grapple with the patriarchy and their needs and rights.
I have a public life in which I do come out as a witch but right now I just don’t want to be a target. I happen to live in a very conservative neighborhood in NYC as well and the danger is real enough for me to pull back.
Its sad but its what I sense I have to do right now.
So, off to tea with my friend and our lovely talk about the Goddess, religion, politics, music and magick.
Many blessings to you and yours and I hope you are having a wonderful turn of the wheel.
Blessed Spring and may all your blessings grow!
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It was at this time of the year I began my quest. I walked into a store called Enchantments in NYC run by a marvelous Wiccan Priestess named Carole Buzone and bumped head on into my next mentor and the navigator of my next phase of life….Joe Zukowski.
I picked up a book by Starhawk named Spiral Dance and I never looked back.
This was my calling and it happened about 20 years ago. The Goddess called me. I listened. It has not always been easy. IN fact it caused me so many problems and ended relationships and changed me in ways I never expected it to.
I heard the voice of the Goddess for the first time that fall. I spend most of my time researching, reading and practicing Wicca in various ways….from that point till this day.
Recently I have had a new calling. To write here. To teach what I know…to give talks, publish, webinars.
Goddess wants me to tell you what I know.
So, I have decided to start this day on our way to Mabon…waning moon in Leo my sun sign…to begin.
I am a Witch. But more that that I am Goddess. I am as you are the diving incarnate. Here for a short time in this body. I started out doubtful, a woman riddled with dark thoughts and fears. Under the water of abusive parents and a religion that had no use for me because of my gender …kneeling to a God form that was vicious and mean. Also an abuser.
The day I found the Goddess was the day I began to breathe. I was not young and was already a mother. Deeply into my thirties was when I found this path but when I opened my first book and did my first ritual I knew I was HOME.
I welcome you to follow my journey from this point if you feel so inclined. I hope to hear from you about yours.
Today, while mentoring a young woman whose feet have just stepped on the path to the Goddess I knew I must start. Start I have.
Here we go……
We have so much planned this week. Besides all of our great voice and music lessons, classes and pagan classes we are having M Band Rehearsal, Master Class Broadway concert rehearsal, a Full Moon ritual, Tarot card readings and Reiki! Wow!!! Come join us at the 5th avenue festival. We will have our door wide open and here for all to see. Come visit! May 31 st noon -7 PM M Center 508 83rd Street Brooklyn