Listening now to music on the longest day of the year. Praise the Greenman. Praise the Goddess of the Earth. Welcome the dark!
I always found it amazing that on the longest day of the year we begin to see the dark again. As soon as this day is past the days grow shorter. We don’t usually notice for a while in the Northern Hemisphere until Fall. It is Winter Solstice today below the Equator. The shortest day.
I had a short conversation today with one of my neighbors. I take it as the voice of the Goddess coming through a common woman, very not pagan! She stopped to watch me pick off dead leaves and flowers from my lovely stoop garden here in Brooklyn. She said that it so lovely to see such growth this year and how it’s so close to the end of summer even though it’s all just begun! She went to say before we know it we will be getting ready for Christmas again. She didn’t realize that she’s actually seeing the world between the dark and light sides of the year just like our ancestors did. Of course, this woman is a gardener so she’s right on track in understanding growth, death and rebirth.
I was quite happy to have heard the Goddess’ voice in my ears…through her voice today.
I had almost forgotten that today is Summer Solstice or Litha. How could I have? Silly me!
I have been in a very rapid growth phase, just the same as my plants are. Now I know its time to prepare for harvest coming up. August 1st Lughnasadh is right around the corner…and my work is too. An end to a very rapid period of work ending as I settle in to look over what I have done since Winter Solstice.
My sweet Goddess has blessed me in so many ways.
Today I pause to say thank you to her and to her wonderful consort the Greenman. To nature itself. To this amazing Earth, we live upon. To my loves…my sweet husband, a wonderful son and my kitties as well as all of those I have taught, shared with and worked with this year. I am very blessed to have all these amazing souls in my life.
You too dear reader. May your growth be abundant. May the Goddess surround you with growth and power.
Hail Cernunnos! Hail.
GREEN MAN INFO BELOW:
One of my favorite…sexy holidays! I love this day. Full of flowers and love and sex.
So much to be grateful as well…even though the winter wanted to keep destroying us it did not make it to this day! We are in Spring. The God has returned in his green and the Goddess is apparent everywhere. Many blessings to you as well. May you be fruitful.
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!