Blessings of the Autumn Equinox to you all!This is the time of balance, of the pause before the days get shorter, the nights longer and Mother Earth gets ready for her winter sleep. It is time for giving thanks for all the abundance we have received in the past year, and for letting go of the chaff and keeping what is important to us.
Time of balance
What is in and out of balance in our lives? Think of your body and health, your work, your feelings and emotions, your thoughts, your plans and creativity.
This is the time of the First Harvest, of potential, of reaping and sowing.
The god has given of himself to the goddess, who now uses his energy to transform and give birth. Just as in sexual union, as the seed leaves a man’s body along with it goes his life energy, although he will revive later.
The energy he has left can create something totally new; a child. The goddess takes and transforms this energy to give birth to this new life.
This is the meaning of Lammas: sacrifice and gifts
We celebrate the life energy that the god has given as well as the creation that the goddess is bringing forth. We can see evidence of this sacred transformation all around us in the fields, orchards, garden and hedgerows.
We now take this time to give thanks for the first signs of harvest in our own lives. We ponder upon what we have achieved since Imbolc, how are we making progress? We notice any fruits of our talents or labours.
What are we willing to sacrifice in our lives, in order to serve the goddess?
We welcome the complete abundance of this time of year and give gratitude for the bounty that is provided.
The sun is at its peak of power, all nature has been speeding up in its growth. We enjoy shorter nights and lovely long summery days… all seems good with the world.
The pace is fast and we can struggle to keep up with ourselves.
Solstice, Midsummer or Litha means a stopping or standing still of the sun
It is the longest day of the year and the time when the sun is at its maximum elevation.
As pagans we are in awe of the incredible strength of the sun and the divine powers that create life. As the wheel of the year turns, we are at a significant point.
The Goddess took over the earth from the horned God at the beginning of spring. At Beltane the sun god and moon goddess were joined and all around there was celebration and life burst forth. She is now at the height of her power and fertility. This is a time to celebrate this growth and life, but it is also time to acknowledge that the sun will now begin to decline once more towards winter.
This is the perfect time for banishments, for letting go and releasing anything that no longer serves you.
As the sun declines so it will be taken away and banished from your life.
Here at Avalon Cloaks, we were so busy at the Solstice that our feet didn’t touch the ground! Hence missing the blog post for this celebration. But we did celebrate in the woods and at Glastonbury Festival this year. What a treat!
We hope you also had a wonderful time enjoying the beautiful warm weather and long summer evenings.
It is a time when the earth is fertile and full. Can you feel it?
Wonderful Beltane is the Celtic start of summer.
Beltane has been celebrated for thousands of years. It is the time of blossoming in nature, of rapid growth, of nesting birds and animals choosing mates.
We had an amazing time in Glastonbury. A big community celebration takes place every year, and everyone is welcome to attend. People gather at the market cross for poetry, singing and music, then there is a procession up the High Street to the bottom of the Tor where the maypole is erected. Maypole dancing comes from a far more ancient custom: the maypole represents the God, it being a phallic symbol.
Come and join us next year if you can; it’s such a great day.
Many years ago, during Beltane rights the Priestesses and Druids would get together to possibly make a sacred child. It is also a traditional time of handfastings (pagan wedding ceremonies).
The earth’s energy is on the increase – and there is the promise of more to come!
The Beltane bonfire is a tradition that goes back hundreds of years. The fire was more than a big pile of logs and some flame. It was a place where the entire community gathered – a place of music and magic and dancing and lovemaking.
It was customary to light the fire on May Eve (the last night of April) and allow it to burn until the sun went down on May 1st. The bonfire was lit with a bundle made from nine different types of wood and wrapped with colorful ribbons. Once the fire was blazing, a piece of smoldering wood was taken to each home in the village, to ensure fertility throughout the summer.
Dress your altar in red and pink to symbolise vitality, passion and love. Decorate with spring blossoms, hearts and rose quartz.
Her is a wonderful chant to the Goddess:
Goddess of Love, sing to me
Open my heart and set me free
Take my body and make me whole
Goddess of Love, fill my soul
Blessings to you for a wonderful Beltane and may the Goddess light your fire!