Mindful Muse – March – Seasonal Mandala

ostara mandala

This is the time of year for rebirth.  Begin to notice the new life in nature taking place all around you.  Take time each day to bend down and physically touch the earth.  Offer gratitude for and blessings to Mother Earth and Her continued nurturing support beneath us.

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Mindful Muse – January – Self Dedication

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October Moon

moon goddess(photo: gaiaastrology.com)

Autumn has arrived and is in full swing underneath the Blood Moon of October, also known as Harvest Moon, Shedding Moon, and Falling Leaf Moon.  This month is rich with divine goddess imagery and archetypes which can assist us in preparing for the upcoming colder season.  Leading up to All Souls or All Saint’s Day on November 1st, and Dios de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), many cultures take this time to honor their ancestors, teachers, saints, and sages that have come before us, that have now passed through the veil.  All Hallow’s Eve, Halloween, Samhain… these are a few of the labels this sacred time of year holds, and it is important to remember that this is not meant to be an ‘evil’ time of year.  It is a time of shedding, letting go, and non-attachment.  It is said that the veil between the physical world and spiritual world is the thinnest on the eve of November 1st, the evening of the ominous date October 31st, which actually provides a magickal time for deep reflection and communion.  Also, this is season rings in the Hindu New Year and October 16th is the lovely Diwalii Festival of Lights honoring Goddess Lakshmi.

Full Moon: personal power, self-confidence, empowerment

Crescent Moon:  happiness, health, good luck, success, prosperity, love

Dark Moon:  comfort, help, nurturing, protection, defense, fighting spirit

 

October Moon Correspondences

Herbs:  angelica, burdock, calendula, mandrake, pennyroyal, thyme, wormwood

Incense:  appleblossom, cherry, copal, myrrh

Trees:  acacia, cypress, yew

Animals:  crow, raven, scorpion, stag

Deities:  Astarte, Durga, Erishkigal, Hathor, Hecate, Ishtar, Lakshmi, Morrighan

Stones: jet, opal, tourmaline

Colors: black, brown, orange, red, dark blue-green

Action/Concentration: letting go, cleansing, karma, reincarnation, remembering your ancestors, roots

 

hOMe Purification

Items Needed:  pine tree branch with pine needles attached or other tree branch with small leaves/flowers, bowl of salt water (optional:  add a couple drops of your favorite essential oil)

Working:  Dipping the branch in the salt water, starting at your front door, walk around your hOMe clockwise, lightly sprinkling the water on the floor and around windows and doors, envisioning any negative or disrupting entities being washed away as light, helpfulness, balance and blessings infuse your abode.  As you are circling your hOMe, incorporate a mantra, affirmation or your favorite prayer as you are ‘working’.

Variation 1:  Make this protective circle around your home both indoors and outside.

Variation 2:  Substitute the salt water for incense or ring a bell… or make three rounds using each cleansing item in turn!

 

Seva

Remember – this is a great time to shed those unused coats by donating them to your local shelter or coat drive so that others may have the comfort of warmth in the season just around the corner.

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September Moon

lughnasadhThe Harvest Moon of September rings in the Autumn Equinox around the 21st of the month. This year we celebrate the Equinox on September 23rd at 4:20am. The September moon is also known as Wine Moon and Singing Moon, among others. As we enter into this second of the three harvest festivals, the fruit harvest, this month’s wheel of the year season is that of Mabon (Celtic) or Michaelmas (Christian). Some earth-based traditions celebrate a form of Thanksgiving at this time, choosing vegetarian and vegan options in lieu of the traditional Thanksgiving turkey spread. This month is marked by such Goddesses including, but not limited to, Durga, Demeter, Astarte, Innana, Isis, Freyja, Kore, and Hathor, as well as the Dark Goddess and representations of the Lady of the Forest.

As we enter this time of equal light and dark, this time of year is about balance. This sacred time just before the darker, cooler, winter months settle in to allow the earth to rest. In order to help create balance in your life, begin to incorporate some of the following correspondences and activities this month to help yourself naturally and easily go with the flow of the seasons.

Full Moon: protection, consecration, cleansing

Crescent Moon:  blessing of new life (child, animal, plant, etc.)

Dark Moon:  losing programmed fear, karma, self-discipline

 

September Moon Correspondences

Herbs:  copal, fennel, milkweed, rye, sage, skullcap, valerian

Incense:  copal, sage, storax

Trees:  bay, dogwood, hazel

Animals:  ibis, stag, salmon, snake, sparrow

Deities:  Demeter/Ceres, Frejya, Hathor, Innana/Tammuz, Isis, Kore-Persephone/Prosperpina, Mabon/Modron, Ma’at, Nephthys, Rhiannon,

Stones: citrine, peridot, rose quartz

Colors: orange, red, green, black, purple, gold, bronze, brown, yellow-green

Action/Concentration: meditation

 

Friendship Branch

Items Needed: tree branch with twigs on it, small fresh flower blossoms (pink if you can find them), small ornaments

A meaningful, personalized gift for family or friends. Attach items onto the branch, or place items in small mesh or silk bags to hang from branch. These ornaments and charms can be used by the recipient at a later time to attach to a bracelet, used in ritual, or placed on a home altar. Some ideas for ornaments: fish symbols, evil eye glass bead, small dolls, dice, charms of any type, mesh bags of herbs, etc.

 

 

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August Moon

ganesh moon (photo: svayambhu.blogspot.com)

The Corn Moon of August represents the first harvest season.  The first harvest season being that of grain, then fruit and lastly meat.  The August Moon is also known as the Barley (grain!) Moon and Harvest Moon, all though September is more commonly known as the Harvest Moon.  Lammas, or Loaf Mass, is another label for this time of year in honor of the nurturing sustenance of grain and the miracle of bread.  This is a great time of year to start helping out or donating to local food banks, giving those less fortunate a chance to break bread together.

In the Hindu and yogic traditions, Lord Ganesha is honored during the August festival called Chauti.  He is a well-loved symbol of protection and is the remover of obstacles, and also rules over wisdom, good luck, literature, prosperity, and peace.

Be joyous, for this is the time of Ganesha!

The Lord of Obstacles comes riding to his festival,

With his help, all success shall be mine.

I greet you, Ganesha.

All obstacles in my life are removed.

I rejoice in your presence, Ganesha.

Good luck and new beginnings flow down upon me.

I praise you, Ganesha.

I rejoice!  For good luck and changes come.

-Conway

Full Moon: opportunity, prosperity, fertility

Crescent Moon:  creativity, spiritual growth

Dark Moon:  banishing (ridding ones self of what no longer serves), removal of obstacles

 

August Moon Correspondences

Herbs:  angelica, calenduala, chamomile, fennel, goldenrod, St. John’s wort, rue; grains: corn, barley, hops, rye, wheat

Incense:  amber, copal, frankincense, heliotrope

Trees:  alder, cedar, hazel

Animals:  dragon, lion, phoenix, sphinx; birds of all types especially eagle and falcon

Deities:  Aphrodite/Adonis, Arianhrod, Diana, Cerridwen, Ganesha, Hathor, Hecate, Innana/Tammuz, Lugh, Taliesin

Stones: amber, cat’s eye, carnelian, fire agate, jasper

Colors: black, gold, green, grey, yellow

 

Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

8oz raw pumpkin seeds

1 Tbsp. salt

1 Tbsp. olive oil

Preheat oven 400*.  Boil 2 cups of water, add salt.  Pour salted water over seeds to soak overnight.  Drain seeds.  Coat bottom of thick baking sheet or roasting pan with olive oil.  Toss seeds in oil on pan and spread out evenly.  Bake 5-15 minutes, depending on the size of the seeds.  You may stir occasionally .  Toast until lightly brown, don’t over toast.  Let cool and enjoy.  Other flavorings such as garlic and chili, hot pepper, and soy sauce may be used.

hOMework

Bake or purchase a loaf of fresh bread – my favorite is sprouted grain spelt bread.  Share at a table our outside with family and friends.  Don’t forget to leave a few extra crumbs as an offering to other special outdoor critters.

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