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Posted: Sep. 8, 2002
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What Are Your Plans For Fall?
Whether you celebrate Pagan holidays such as Mabon and Samhain (Ostara/Beltaine) or not, everyone recognizes the changing of the seasons in some way. From the mundane (Finally gonna clean out that closet?) to the magic(k)al (Oh, those special rituals!), tell us your plans. You can post decorating tips, seasonal poetry, holiday rituals (New Pagans are always interested in these!), recipes (Lots of requests for those, too!), ritual preparations and/or garb or anything else that you think might help other Pagans to get in the mood!
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| Greetings All! My Name Is Ladysmith, And And My Tradition Is Germanic... ||Sep 11th. at 12:25:46 pm EDT|
|Ladysmith (Stumptowne, Oregon US) ||Age: 36 |
My name is Ladysmith, and and my tradition is Germanic, Celtic and Slavic. So, here at our house we start with a grand local tradition of attending the Oktoberfest! It is held near the autumn equinox, and this is also the time when the towns farmers have just harvested the hops, the fabulous hops that are festooned on buildings, draped over doorways and soon to be made into next years ales. We go and toast the Gods we honor, Freya and Freyr, Thor and Wodan.
There in the beerhall, the German bands play polkas and such, singing and dancing, laughter and drinking. We sit with our friends and recall what it must have been like at the old harvest festivities. Long before Prince Ludwig married his bride(the German people held the first Oktoberfest as a party for their princes new bride). Back when the harvest was in, and the Old Gods were thanked with a joyous harvest celebration in longhouses and homes all over europe.
So we thank the Old Gods ourselves for a good harvest, and ask that the local farmers continue to have good seasons.We might be of a different faith than they but they raise the food many of us rely on.
Enjoy the coming of winter, revel in the changes how subtle they may be.
If it is only light shift, or the cooler evenings. Or maybe you live in the rockies and the frost comes early, but honor your Gods as you will and
may the see you always!
| I Have Decorated For Fall. I Made A Wreath, Put Up Leaf... ||Sep 12th. at 6:24:26 pm EDT|
|Destiny (Peoria, Illinois US) ||Age: 25 - Email |
I have decorated for fall. I made a wreath, put up leaf ivy, cleaned out closets, and decorated windows. I am burning candles almost nightly. I have also started using a simmer pot to add that special aroma to the beckoning fall air. I have tried to keep the windows open and let the house air out before being closed up for winter. I will be making special Mabon and Samhaim recipes I have and will be looking up over the next couple of months. If anyone has any other good ideas let me know at DAC21@HOTMAIL.COM Blessed be to all.
| Fall Is Both A Beginning And An End, For Me. It's A... ||Sep 12th. at 7:49:14 pm EDT|
|Emily (St. Paul, Minnesota US) ||Age: 15 - Email |
Fall is both a beginning and an end, for me. It's a beginning since school starts again, but the change in weather always felt like an ending. (I prefer the warmth and sun of the summer). The only special thing I have planned right now is going to a music festival with my friend. It's held every season, so we go and walk around and just watch the season together.
| Merry Meet All. This Fall Is New To Me And As A... ||Sep 14th. at 3:46:16 pm EDT|
|Kenna MacKenna (Niagara Falls, New York US) ||Age: 54 - Email |
Merry meet all. This Fall is new to me and as a crone who taught for 34 years the whole idea of autumn to myself is staggering. Therefore in honor of the Equinox and my colleagues [not all pagans] still in the trenches I am hosting a "Tea at Three" [which would be after school hours]. The leaves haven't yet turned and if it is nice we'll be outside or if not then... Once the Equinox passes I'll do my yearly plans for Samhain [Scottish Witan tradition ordinarily (if naything we do is ordinary)] which will inlcude a "Dumb Supper" on Oct. 30 night.
Walk in the warmth of the Lord and Lady. Tread gently on Her earth and treasure His skies.
Icecrone Morning Hawk
May we send love to those in need throughout our universe that they may lead peaceful, loving, safe lives.
| A Week Ago When I Read This Question I Thought I'd Let... ||Sep 15th. at 2:40:37 pm EDT|
|merryweather (califia, California US) ||Age: 51 - Email |
A week ago when i read this question i thought i'd let it go by without a response - my rituals are my own. however with pluto on our national ascendant and the rapid changes that are taking place the message is clear. This is a clear call for people around the world to stand in the place where they live. We are called to define ourselves or redefine ourselves. How we walk and talk is critical now. I am gathering purple because i am a woman of the pagani and radical fundamental christian leaders would blame us and others for the destruction.(rather than calling for peace and understanding - they define who they are, what they are) My purple streamers will flow from the antenna of my car whose plates say i am a witch and whose windows say peace, baby. The hag work that i do at mabon rituals always involve balefires and planting seeds of change, calling the winds of change.Samhain involves our sacred dead: honoring them and helping them as they need. The winds of change are here. The souls of these dead are in need. The souls of the living are in need. Mabon is now.Samhain is now. We who live lives of magic are also called to stand in our place and do what we will for the greater good.
| Only Another Month Or So Until Samhain And My Year Of Study... ||Sep 15th. at 6:23:07 pm EDT|
|Swiftpaw (Portland, Oregon US) ||Age: 16 - Email |
Only another month or so until Samhain and my year of study is complete; I look forward to dedicating officially, finishing my basic studies, and taking another step forward in this path I've chosen.
Winter is my favorite time of year and it's coming too slowly where I live, it's still too hot and muggy all the time. I refrain from burning candles, go running every day, keep up with watching the new winter constellations rising earlier and earlier, and generally getting back into the solid, predictable routine of school and earlier darkness after a carefree summer of good intentions, but not much else.
This isn't so much a time of darkness and falling tides, but for those of us who thrive in the night, the cold, we are celebrating the freshness, the new beginnings that being away from the oppressive heat allow us to embrace. I will celebrate the holidays, the harvest, but I will wait especially for the day of Samhain to make another beginning for myself. Winter always makes us furry felines feel more free.
| In San Diego There Is No Spectacular Changing Of Leaves, No Fear... ||Sep 16th. at 4:34:46 pm EDT|
|Manzanita (Chula Vista, California US) ||Age: 14 - Email |
In San Diego there is no spectacular changing of leaves, no fear of the first frost, no quickly dropping temperature. So how do I acknowledge and celebrate the slow fading of sumer into fall?
I concentrate on the elements. Autumn is the time of the biting ocean breeze, and of chilly nights. I go to the ocean and feel the breeze, smell he changing tides, and visit the pines along the shores. From the trees I gather pine needles and cones, to decorate my altar with. The ocean is best in the fall, without the sunscreened tourists and burning light of the sun itself. At the sea you can feel the slowing of the seasons as the shore prepared for the high crashing waves of winter.
My rituals are ones of thanks, of throwing coins to the pounding surf, of singing to the screaming gulls. I write the names of those who passed on during the year in the sand, and the waves wash them away. I gather stones, shells, and sand from the bounty of the ocean.
| Well, First Of All, I Am Finally Going To Sort Through All... ||Sep 17th. at 3:06:24 am EDT|
|Astarte Wolf Hawk (Fargo, North Dakota US) ||Age: 31 - Email |
Well, first of all, I am finally going to sort through all my closets and organize them. Then I am going to celebrate Mabon with my family and friends. I will be making my bean soup with ham added, and making squash cookies and zucchini bread for supper that night. We will also start to make our Yule decorations that night, and celebrate with singing and dancing. My oldest son is preparing himself to begin seriously studying Wicca, and he will be dedicated on his thirteenth birthday per his own request. We will read poetry and stories appropriately written for Mabon, and my personal altar as well as the front door will be decorated with small ears of corn, leaves, and small gourds. I have an altar cloth with a fall leaf motif, and I will overlay the top with a small black cloth the night of the Sabbat to represent the beginning of the Dark Sabbats. We will enjoy each other's company and talk about our wishes and hopes for the new year, and our plans will begin to be made for Samhain.
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