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ENLIGHTENED EATING

Enlightened living and eating with Ama’ritday

russet, maroon, brown, and gold as well as incorporating the symbols of Mabon gourds, pine cones, acorns, grains, corn, apples, pomegranates, vines such as ivy, dried seeds, and horns of plenty. It is the drawing to and of family as we prepare for the winding down of the year at Samhain. It is a time to finish old business as we ready for a period of rest, relaxation, and reflection.

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abon, (Fall Equinox, Sept. 20-23) is also known as the Autumnal Equinox which divides the day and night equally, and on this day, we pause to pay homage to the years blessings, trials, lessons and the darkness that approaches, so that we all may rest and wake renewed in the spring. Giving thanks also to the decreasing sunlight, as we store the harvest of this year’s bounty. The Druids celebrate, Mea’n Fo’mhair, in honor of the Green Man, God of the Forest, by offering libations to trees. Offerings of ciders, wines, herbs and fertilizer are appropriate at this time. This is the weavers festival, and a braiding of strands are done in the process of manifesting to add to one’s life from what it is, personally weaving unto themselves what they wish as well as the community as a whole weaving all the cords together to unite the power and efforts symbolically. The autumnal equinox is the completion of what begun at Lammas. Yet again the day and night are equal as the God prepares to leave the body and begin the great journey into the unseen, for the renewal and rebirth of the Goddess For this festival it is appropriate to wear all of your finery and dine and celebrate lavishly. Decorate using the colors of Mabon, red, orange, 36 | MYSTIK WAY MAGAZINE

This Celtic festival of Thanksgiving is also celebration of the cycle of life. Mabon is tightly linked to abundance and prosperity. Farmers are reaping what they have sown - magnificent grains and bountiful fall fruits and healthful herbs like acorn, benzoin, ferns, grains, honeysuckle, marigold, milkweed, myrrh, passionflower, rose, sage, solomon’s seal, tobacco, thistle, and vegetables. Gathering these dried herbs, plants, seeds and seed pods, walking in the woods, scattering offerings in harvested fields. Adorning burial sites with leaves, acorns, and pine cones to honor those who have passed over. Grapes, vineyards, wine making and drinking are celebrated at this time. The making of wine is a mysterious process, once requiring secret rituals and propitiations to ensure its success. Mabon feasts consist of seasonal vegetables and fruits. This holiday is also associated with Breads, nuts, apples, pomegranates, and vegetables such as potatoes, carrots, and onions. Mabon is believed to be a time of the Mysteries as well as a time to honor aging Deities, the Spirit World and to consider a time of balance. This is when we stop and relax and enjoy the fruits of our personal harvests, whether they be from toiling in our gardens, working at our jobs, raising our families, or just coping with the business of everyday life. May your Mabon be marvelous, and may your heart mind body and spirit be filled to with love joy peace grace and ease! Until next month,

Mystikway magazine 29  

The Mystik Way Magazine is a monthly read, produced by an open spiritual group centered in, but not limited to Portsmouth England/Avalon and...

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