Old Teen Essays
NOTE: The essay on this page contains the writings and opinions of the listed author(s) and is not necessarily shared or endorsed by the Witches' Voice inc.
The Witches' Voice does not verify or attest to the historical accuracy contained in the content of this essay.
All WitchVox essays contain a valid email address, feel free to send your comments, thoughts or concerns directly to the listed author(s).
| Article Specs|
Article ID: 4729
Age Group: Adult
Posted: September 29th. 2002
Mabon - Boyd Hill ESA
by Ann Marie
Tonight reminded me of preparing for a date with a very special lover. The ground was barely damp from our seasonal shower of afternoon rains; the scent of night blooming Jasmine lingered softly on the breeze. The Park had a verdant glow, as a maiden dressed in her finest gown. GreenSong Grove had returned to Boyd Hill ESA for Mabon Sabbat. Some of us heard the land whisper, "Welcome home, " and most of us felt the welcome. The alligators in the pond at Osprey's Roost, Wally and Wallette, barked a greeting, and we all kept a respectable distance form their pond as we observed that their summer fishing had made them plump and at least a foot bigger. Our summer sabbats are held at alternative locations due to the children's summer programs at Boyd Hill, so Mabon for the members and friends of GreenSong Grove is truly a time of thanksgiving, and homecoming.
Joyful greetings of Merry Meet and hugs were heard as more people arrived for the evening ritual. The feasting table was laden with marvelous dishes. In the fire circle the group responsible for the ritual, Coven of the Quill, Sword and Chalice, were putting last minute touches on their beautiful harvest altar.
The last of the cars drove through the gates and we were all summoned to the ritual procession. Tiki Torches illuminated the path. We were anointed, asked to take a handful of seeds, and ushered into the circle. There was a spiral of luminaria in the center of the circle and a Throne for the Harvest King.
An explanation of the sabbat was given and we were all asked to charge the seeds with wishes and hopes for the coming months. We processed in a spiral dance to give the seeds to the Harvest king. It was lovely to see almost a hundred people do a spiral dance. The King was summoned back to the Altar and asked if he was willing to give his life to the land and his people. The group surrounded and supported their King as he fell slain to the earth. He was carried to the center and placed on a funeral pyre. As the new King lit the fire he removed his black hood and we could see it was the twin of the slain King. Yes, it was a wicker effigy that was burned, but that did not stop one little girl from asking her Mommy if the man was hurt when he was scarified. Following cakes and ale the child was brought to the altar to talk to the harvest King and the myth was explained to her in terms she could understand.
As the last of the Wicker man burned, The Harvest Moon rose above the tree line and lit up the circle. It reminded me of Mom turning on the porch light if you linger to long at the front door with your date.
Following ritual, we all feasted and talked about the upcoming festival season. Everyone in GSG is looking forward to the upcoming mini festival October 26-27; this will be the fourth one we have shared at Boyd Hill. Two weeks later we return for Florida Pagan Gathering on November 7-8. Our sweet lady, Boyd Hill, will not be lonely for Pagan company this harvest season.
For more information about events at Boyd Hill ESA, please visit the following websites:
GSG Upcoming Events
Welcome to Florida Pagan Gathering Home...
| ABOUT... |
Location: Pinellas Park, Florida
Other Articles: Ann Marie has posted 2 additional articles- View them?
Other Listings: To view ALL of my listings: Click HERE
Email Me... (Yes! I have opted to receive invites to Pagan events, groups, and commercial sales)
Web Site Content (including: text - graphics - html - look & feel)
Copyright 1997-2018 The Witches' Voice Inc. All rights reserved
Note: Authors & Artists retain the copyright for their work(s) on this website.
Unauthorized reproduction without prior permission is a violation of copyright laws.
Website structure, evolution and php coding by Fritz Jung on a Macintosh G5.
Any and all personal political opinions expressed in the public listing sections (including, but not restricted to, personals, events, groups, shops, Wren’s Nest, etc.) are solely those of the author(s) and do not reflect the opinion of The Witches’ Voice, Inc. TWV is a nonprofit, nonpartisan educational organization.
Sponsorship: Visit the Witches' Voice Sponsor Page for info on how you
can help support this Community Resource. Donations ARE Tax Deductible.
The Witches' Voice carries a 501(c)(3) certificate and a Federal Tax ID.
Mail Us: The Witches' Voice Inc., P.O. Box 341018, Tampa, Florida 33694-1018 U.S.A.
of The World