A Simple Ritual for the Autumn Equinox

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The Autumn Equinox is the gateway to the Autumn and Winter. It is the time in the year when we give thanks to the beautiful sun, and the rich earth that have provided endless harvests over the summer months. I feel blessed to live in a Country that has such vivid seasons, they keep us moving forward and remind us gently that nothing lasts forever.

I like to keep my seasonal rituals simple, so here are a few ideas of how to say your own thank you to the wonderful sun and our beautiful earth…

Gather any of the below items to make a small ‘altar’, you can also make an incense to burn from the ideas listed, or pick some herbs to dry to make a smudge stick. I like to try to be outside for the sunset on the equinox. Have a small fire, somewhere safe, the back…

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Skull and Crossbones

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Everyone knows the skull and crossbones symbol.  It is a symbol for pirates in every movie.  Today it is a symbol of poison or high voltage and means stay away.  This symbol is ancient.  The ancient Mayans even had skull and cross bones in their architecture and hieroglyphs.  The skull and crossbones symbol is used for royalty, fraternities, sororities, secret societies and military, so what is the true meaning of this symbol?  

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Earthen Nature Spirit Statues with Cob

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An earth spirit statue in my greenhouse, freshly made with sticks and an oak gall

A lifetime ago, myself and a dear friend dug some clay out of a hillside.  We each took half of it.  My half of the clay was used to form an earthen statue, a guardian statue, for that same friend who was struggling with terminal cancer while still in his early 20’s. It had a wooden tree knot head, stones for its belly, a stick staff, and an earthen body.  My friend accepted it reverently, and it went with him everywhere, even till the end. As he struggled with his battle with cancer, it grew nicked and chipped.  The wooden head fell off, just as my friend’s brain cancer grew more serious. When he passed on, the earthen statue passed on with him, returning to the earth. This statue was an impermanent being; fashioned of…

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2019 Harvest Moon Mabon Ritual

Happy Full Harvest Moon!

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“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” … Albert Camus

The new season is almost upon us and soon the trees will shed their leaves and prepare for the darker half of the year.

Mabon is the threshold for the darker half of the year. A balance of light and dark, the Autumn Equinox gives us a balance of day and night and is a beautiful reminder of balance and harmony within and without.

This year the Autumn Equinox falls on Sept. 21 or 22nd depending on your location and this Full Moon opens the Mabon portal.

Like the trees, we can prepare and shed our leaves too… anything weighing us down, limiting beliefs, habits or patterns that no longer serve us.

This ceremony will help you shed what no longer fits into your life and help you invoke what you truly desire for the rest of the year and darker half.

The Full Moon Ceremony tonight can be done anytime within the Mabon portal between today, 9/13 to 9/22. You can do the first half of the ceremony tonight on the Full Moon tonight and finish the ceremony on Mabon as well. What does your intuition guide you to do?

Read complete articles at Spirit de la Lune 2018 Harvest Moon Ritual

Moving Forward With Clarity; Full Moon in Pisces

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Friday, September 13, 9:33 pm PST (Saturday, September 14, 12:33 pm EST)

Tomorrow night we have a Full Moon in gentle, compassionate Pisces. Pisces is the last sign of the zodiac. She is a feminine, mutable, water sign ruled by the ethereal planet Neptune, and is the ruler of the feet. A Moon in Pisces reminds us to connect to our spiritual side and to remember that we are all born of the stars.

I want to focus on the feet for this Moon, to remind you of the importance of these beautiful body parts that play a significant role in your life.

The health of your feet is directly linked to your ability to become grounded inside of your physical body. Our feet are receptors of the grounding earth and her magnetic energies…did you know that your feet contain 8,000 nerves? They are the manifesto’s of the spiritual skill…

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The Ways of our Ancestors: Review of the Mountaincraft and Music Gathering

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Here, in the center of our camp, the sacred fire burns. This fire is tended for the four days we are together, never being allowed to go out. This is an ancestral fire, and all of us at the Mountaincraft gathering have the responsibility of feeding it. This is where we remember that learning primitive and earth skills is the work of our ancestors. This is where we gather for a quiet moment to commune with those ancestors, and will our bodies and hearts to remember. This is where, each morning, we gather as a group to hear about the day’s classes, call to the directions, hear a word of intention, and recieve a water blessing from Nancy Basket, a tribe elder. This is where, at each meal, some of us may find ourselves, talking with each other or engaging in quiet communion with the flame. This is where, each…

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Society

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Our society and culture is how we are socially conditioned.  This social conditioning is negative.  Society is a system of control. It is low vibration and based on unconsciousness, overstimulation and fear.  These three are the main things used to control you and keep society going.   We used to have monarchs that would get you to work your ass off to benefit their system.  This was an awful system, but the system we have  now is just as awful.  Knock knock let the devil in.  It’s time for a new world order.  Your new world order.  

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Spiritual Initiations of Neptune and Neptune in the 12 House

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By Phoenix of Elder Mountain Dreaming –My entire website are the expressions of my fated North Node conjunct Neptune and Jupiter (old ruler of Pisces) in the 12th house in sign of Scorpio. I began consciously letting go of my stable, predictable and abundant South Node Taurus in the 6th House when I turned 35 years old. My life has never been the same since, in all the karmic ways and all the divine mystery realities.

My deepest mysteries in the deepest house is what my Neptune offers in Scorpio in the 12th, and is only reached by my spiritual deaths that come from a dedicated sober, monastic and self undoing life that helped me master “letting go”. I have tried to outsmart death and suffering, but in reality have only endured more death and rebirth by doing so in my lifetime while still trying to stay alive.

Neptune’s…

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September; Dancing With The Moon

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September begins with the echoes of a New Moon in Virgo from the end of August. We will be focused upon building something dear to our hearts. Later, a soft and dreamy Full Moon in Pisces will enchant us beneath her song on September 13th. We will end the month with a relationship-focused New Moon in Libra on September 28th. Find out how the month will affect you specifically!

ARIES
You’re feeling the grind pick up, Aries, and you’ll be taking on more projects or considering how you can alter your work-life balance. You can certainly work hard and you like to see the big rewards. Use the beginning of the month to improve your employment or health to create more stability in your life. Mid-month finds you wanting to slow down, though. Take the breather while you can because career has been such a major focus for you as of…

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Sapphire: The Corundum Conundrum

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Blue Sapphire likely derives its name from the Sanskrit word sanipriya meaning “dear to the planet Saturn,” and is considered one of the few precious gemstones. By definition, a gemstone is a rare, beautiful and durable stone, and since Sapphire has a beautiful blue hue, a Mohs hardness of 9 out of 10 and no cleavage planes it is considered one of the most precious gemstones.
In addition to its physical traits, Sapphire has considered precious because of the belief that it makes one “favorable to God” according to the ancient Greek historian Damigeron and is said to protect against envy and regulate all bodily functions. A great stone for meditation, Blue Sapphire guides one in spiritual endeavors. Judy Hall states in The Crystal Bible that it “facilitates self-expression and speaking your truth.”
Did you know that Sapphire occurs in a rainbow of colors?

To provide some disambiguation Sapphire can occur in many colors and…

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