Blessed Ostara to those of us in the Southern Hemisphere as we come into warmer weather. Sadly we in Australia have been having bush fires already, they say we are having a long dry summer, so any prayers and good energy sent our way will be appreciated. Otherwise we will enjoy the warmer days. Blessed Be!
Ostara in the Southern Hemisphere
As Spring reaches its midpoint, night and day stand in perfect balance, with light on the increase. The young Sun God now celebrates a hierogamy (sacred marriage) with the young Maiden Goddess, who conceives. In nine months, she will again become the Great Mother. It is a time of great fertility, new growth, and newborn animals.
The next full moon (a time of increased births) is called the Ostara and is sacred to Eostre the Saxon Lunar Goddess of fertility (from whence we get the word estrogen, whose two symbols were the egg and the rabbit.
Mabon in Northern Hemisphere
To all in the Northern Hemisphere I wish you a blessed Mabon as the days grow cooler and you get ready for the snow, stay warm and safe Blessed Be!
Magic for Mabon
“Many types of magic may be performed during Mabon. Since we are entering the dark half of the year, now is the time to use magic for personal growth. Here are some ideas.
- Mediation and dream work are very potent at this time. You can use dreams to uncover past lives.
- Honor your ancestors and if you wish, using your spiritual path, you may contact them.
- In some traditions Mabon was believed to have been held captive in the mystical land of Avalon, also called “Land of the Apples.” For this reason, Avalon was known as a place of reincarnation and magic. Charms and spells involving apples would tie nicely with this day. Or, use and apple to symbolize a departed love one during a special ceremony.
- I have found Mabon to be an ideal time to cleanse magical tools. I like to smudge them in a smoke of sage and cedar.
Getting rid of bad habits is a classic Mabon ritual, and the following spell may help. Using blue ink, write the habit you wish to break on plain white paper. Think about what you have written, then crumble the paper as if you’re angry. Burn the paper saying this charm–“Fire fleet and candlelight, let this habit take flight! Smoke, curl, white and gray, let this habit go away!” As the smoke rises, see your habit drifting away with it.”
Copyright 2003 James Kambos Lleweylln’s Witches’ Datebook 2003 Pages 12-13