Mabon 2014: Six Ways To Celebrate The Pagan Autumnal Equinox By Antonia Blumberg

The autumnal equinox falls on September 23 in 2014, marking the official first day of fall as well as the pagan holiday, Mabon, in the northern hemisphere.

Mabon is a harvest festival, the second of three, that encourages pagans to “reap what they sow,” both literally and figuratively. It is the time when night and day stand equal in duration; thus is it a time to express gratitude, complete projects and honor a moment of balance.

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“Mabon is a time to reflect on the previous year, when we can celebrate our successes (likened to bringing in the harvest) and assess which crops, projects, or dreams didn’t come to fruition,” the Los Angeles-based pagan leader Laurie Lovekraft told HuffPost.

The pagan website The White Goddess explains:

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 holiday is named after the Welsh God, Mabon, son of Earth Mother goddess Modron.

Some pagans mark the holiday by enjoying rich feasts with seasonal foods like apples, pomegranates and root vegetables. Many also observe rituals honoring the goddess’ transition from mother to crone.

Lovekraft offered six ways to celebrate that can be done in small or large groups or individually:

1. Create an altar. This can be on a dining room table, hearth, or dresser with apples, leaves, pinecones, corn, pomegranate, squash, and root vegetables. Add gardening tools (scythe, baskets, hand trowel) and objects that are the colors of gold, orange, red, bronze, and rust. Light an orange or yellow candle and give thanks for the blessings of abundance you have in your life. (Always remember fire safety when working with candles and never leave a candle burning unattended!)

2. Ask for blessings. When lighting your candle, you can call to the Goddess in her Mother aspect and/or ask the Green Man to bless your harvest.

3. Do apple magic. Apples are often harvested in the fall. Cut an apple horizontally to reveal the hidden, five-pointed star (a pentagram) inside. Look for pentagonal forms around you (ex. five fingers and five toes, five petals of certain flowers, starfish, etc.)

4. Listen to music. Music is a wonderful way to get into the mood of Mabon! Songs by Lisa Thiel, the Reclaiming Tradition, and S.J. Tucker are especially evocative.

5. Meditate on balance. This is especially helpful if you are a family caregiver, but also if you have a high-stress job, pressure-filled commute, or have a lot of personal drama. Reflect on how you handle pressure, how you manage your and other people’s emotions, and how easily your peace of mind can be disrupted. Think about ways you can reduce stress and bring more balance to your days. Consider

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How to dry flowers and preserve their color By JACQUELINE GULLEDG

You can hang, press and even microwave a variety of flowers.

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Drying flowers can easily be done at home and is a great way to save your favorite blooms. (Photo: JP Chretien/Shutterstock)

Flowers are a beautiful addition to any setting, but the colorful blooms tend to only last for a few days or a week. Drying flowers is a great way to preserve them for display in a vase or frame in your home.

Depending on the type of flower, there are several different techniques for drying flowers that can all be easily done at home with items you have on hand.

When’s the best time to cut flowers for drying?

rosebudThe best time to cut a flower for drying is before the bloom is fully open. (Photo: Ildiko Szabo/Shutterstock)

To ensure the flowers retain the most color, cut them before they are fully open. The flowers should also dry in a dark, cool place so sunlight doesn’t fade the colors.

If you’re trying to dry a bouquet (like a wedding bouquet), it’s best to dry it as soon as you’re done using it since the flowers more than likely have been cut for at least a day. If you happen to receive cut flowers like roses, it may be tempting to leave the flowers in a vase until all the blooms fully open. However, if you really want to save the flowers for sentimental sake, you’ll want to dry them before they’re completely open.

What’s the best method for drying flowers?

Hanging

blue flowersYou can hang flowers upside-down using wire, a clothes hanger or a closet rod. (Photo: Mr_Ackley/Shutterstock)

The most common (and pretty much foolproof) method is to gather the flowers in small bundles or individually and hang them upside-down. I always use a clothes hanger and rubber bands, and I tie flowers together at the stem and then

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Are hurricanes getting stronger – and is climate breakdown to blame? By Oliver Milman

What is a hurricane, exactly?

A hurricane is a large rotating storm that forms over tropical or subtropical waters in the Atlantic. These low pressure weather systems draw upon warm water and atmospheric moisture to fuel their strength and will gather pace if not slowed by patches of dry air, crosswinds or landfall.

“They are very tall towers of winds that move at the same speed, sometimes 60,000ft tall,” says Jim Kossin, a scientist at the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. “If they are unmolested by wind shear or run over land they will continue on their merry way.”

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SUNFLOWER Edited by Chas Bogan

The sun is often employed magically to transform negative energy, and the sunflower is likewise utilized for the task of cleanisng and transformation. The sunflower itself is used to remove toxic chemicals from soil, including arsenic, lead and uranium. Sunflowers are so efficent at this that they have been planted near ponds in Chernobyl, where they extract caesium-137 and strontium-90. The sunflower, especially its bright petals, is used magically to remove jinxes and encourage positive outcomes.

Spiritualism, a religious sect that emphasizes communication with the dead, uses the sunflower as its emblem, saying “As the sunflower turns towards the sun, so spiritualism turns toward the light of truth.” This idea that the head of the sunflower turns as the sun moves across the sky is a misnomer; once the flowerhead is mature it statically faces east, however it’s young buds do shift throughout the day to maximize photosynthesis from the sun’s rays.

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FLOWER SORCERY

A Spell To Dream True
A Spell To Dream True

The lucid light of day is the sunflower’s domain. When introduced to dreamwork, the sunflower greatly aids in lucid dreaming. It inspires prophetic dreams, and is especaially good revealing the truth about a situation. All this can be achieved by placing twelve sunflower petals in a circle around a single seed beneath your pillow at night.


To Celebrate The Summer Solstice
To Celebrate The Summer Solstice

Depending on the region you live in, harvest time for sunflowers may very, however midsummer harvests are common (around June 20th), therefore associating the sunflower with the midsummer sabbat (known also as Litha or Lithia). This celebration marks the high point of the sun’s influence, and so also the dusk of its declining influence leading to the sacrifice of the Summer King (known in Faery Tradition by various names, such as Crom and Twr). The sunflower is one of the Summer Lord’s emblems, and may be harvested for Litha and placed on an altar to ceremonially embody him. Address him with the following invocation.

Flower of Summer, King of Light
Behold the fullness of your might
From lofty throne must you secede
To be reborn again from seed

Celebrate now in honor of him. It is likely to be a bright, sunny day, so indulge in all the many glories he provides.

On the morning after summer solstice collect his seeds. Save these until the spring, then plant them to see the Flower of Summer rise again.

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Sunflower Mythology
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Why do we feel so good in nature? Why does nature heal? The top 10 reasons BY: Kris Abrams

Earth, rivers, mountains and trees! Silent canyons, babbling creeks, and growing green gardens! If you spend time in nature, you’ve probably noticed that you feel happier out there than in here.

But why? One of the better known theories, the “biophilia hypothesis,” suggests that we love nature because we evolved in it. We need it for our psychological well-being because it’s in our DNA. This theory rings true to me. But it’s so broad, it also leaves me grasping for more. What is it about nature and our relationship to it, that brings us so much joy?

I’ve been asking this question for some years now. I’ve studied Ecopsychology, wilderness therapy, and nature-based therapy. In my private psychotherapy practice, I work with clients in nature and bear witness to their experiences. And personally, I spend as much time as I can in nature. Putting all of this together, I’ve developed my own ideas about why nature makes us feel good and helps us heal. Here are the top ten:

10) Nature teaches you that there is nothing wrong with you. Consider:

  • When you’re in nature, you don’t have to look at advertising that tries to convince you there’s something wrong with you, in order to sell a product. Nor do you have to look in mirrors. Instead, you’re either focused on the setting around you, or on what you are doing, like climbing, setting up a tent, or gardening. Studies show that people’s body image improves when we spend time in nature, and I think this is part of the reason why.
  • When you’re alone in nature, or with a loving friend or group of people, you get sweet relief from sexism, racism, homophobia, transphobia, classism, and all the other ways we oppress, stigmatize and belittle one another.
  • On the contrary, nature displays incredible diversity in all her glory. There are fat trees and skinny ones, short ones and tall ones. Within a single clump of yellow flowers, you might see a pink one and realize that it’s a mutation. In nature, we don’t say ‘How wrong! That flower is different; that tree is fat!’ Instead, we say, ‘How beautiful!’ This impacts us below the level of thought.

9) Time slows down.

Urgency, deadlines, and “clock time,” as measured by hours, minutes and seconds, melt away. Clocks teach us to abandon the natural rhythms of our bodies and the

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The best mosquito repellent products you can buy Business Insider Steven John

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  • Effective mosquito prevention requires a multi-pronged approach in which you remove breeding grounds, kill off adult insects, and deploy products that repel these dangerous pests.
  • If you had to choose just one item for your anti-mosquito arsenal, a wise choice would be time-tested OFF! Deep Woods Insect Repellent with its 25% DEET concentration that wards off mosquitoes, ticks, flies, and more.

Mosquitoes don’t like me much, and that’s the only thing that I like about them. I can sit in the grass, dripping with sweat after a run, and get not a single bite. I can spend an entire summer afternoon outside mowing, grilling, or playing with my kids, and if I find even one itchy welt on my person, I’m surprised. My wife and kids, on the other hand, can’t seem to get from the front door to the car without mosquitoes launching a full-scale banzai attack. Mosquitoes love their blood, an honor any of them would shed with alacrity were such possible.

So while the mosquitoes and I have achieved a detente, the fact that they have such a vendetta against my family makes us adversaries nonetheless. In peak mosquito season here in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States, they make a powerful adversary indeed. In fact, if I didn’t use every single one of the tips and products featured here, our outdoor property would be effectively off-limits to the family from late April through late September, the mosquito season here near New York City.

Pernicious and unpleasant as mosquitoes may be, with some effort they can be bested. First, you need to prepare a mosquito-safe property. Above all else, that means eliminating standing water, the breeding ground for these insects. Even a tiny pool of still water — and I mean two ounces in the bottom of a planter or misplaced mug — can breed scores of skeeters. Check for water pooled in toys, flowerpots, buckets, the seats of chairs, backed-up gutters, and everywhere else.

The good news is that many mosquito species only

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