Equinox Mabon this season’s guide

The EQUINOX the only one of two days in the year to have equal day and night. This is so important when you think about it. Everywhere on earth there is the same amount of light and darkness today. It is the start of Autumn in the Northern Hemisphere and Spring in the Southern. The days are getting shorter here in the North and we are in the Feminine yin time of year. We are going into the death and sleep part of the natural year here in the North while our southern neighbors will begin to see spring. 

A number of festivals in different major religions are being celebrated as well starting on yesterday’s New moon. It is the Jewish New Year 5778 years. It also coincides with Islamic New Year which is rare. To all my family friends and clients Happy New Year.

 

Happy MABON Wiccan Pagan Celtic Ancient 8 wheel of the year turning point. The third major season in a Natural Year starting with Spring. This is the element of AIR.

It’s LIBRA TIME. This is one of the Major Cardinal turning points of the year. 

LIBRA is the sign of RELATIONSHIPS marriage traditionally. It is the sign of Karmic JUSTICE in the TAROT #8 begins the next three months journey. 

 

It’s very important to focus on walking a balanced life in all ways: in our spiritual mental emotional and physical ways. Examine what you need to bring more balance into your life.It’s a pleasant socializing time. Up here in the North, as it gets colder and darker socializing is what helped our ancestors to stay alive. Get out and communicate network and engage. Libra is ruled by VENUS and she is in diligent Virgo where she practical earthy organizing working and paying attention to health community pets and perfection. This is a good time to start yoga or change your diet as the seasons change. Venus in Virgo’s shadow is criticism. The need for balancing this is vital now.

The AUTUMN EQUINOX chart is used as an overall forecast for the next three months. It features a  lot of earth elements Mercury @ 17 VIRGO Mars @ 11 Virgo VENUS @ 3 Virgo; Pluto @ 16 degrees CAPRICORN RETRO and ASTEROID JUNO @ 4 degrees Capricorn. There is a grand Earth Trine between Pluto Mercury-Mars and Athena @ 13 degrees TAURUS.

Equinox Sept 22/23 Astrology Tara Greene

The GRAND FIRE TRINE continues to hold sway between Eris and URANUS in ARIES trine the North Node in LEO trine Saturn in SAGITTARIUS.  There is a lot of energy for breakthroughs major change and Chaos. 

SATURN and LILITH are close to the Galactic Center Square CHIRON

Saturn will conjunct the Galactic Center in November and December until Saturn enters CAPRICORN DEC 19. Lilith is beaming in the dark shadow side of the rejected feminine big time through the Cosmic VAGINA. This is the cosmic YONI and Saturn is Father Time in Patriarchal symbolism. SATURN will be seen as inseminating that Great Galactic Yoni for the next few months. Get in touch with LILITH’s will; her free erotic refusal to be dominated by the Patriatchy. A lot of sexual secret reveals will come out into the open as JUPITER is in SCORPIO. This energy can also bring up ancient sexual abuse rape and other tortures from the memory banks to be healed now with CHIRON the Wounded Healer in PISCES nearing his last degrees in Pisces. Do that healing now. Call upon LILITH to give you the strength to say FUCK YOU to all sexual abuser rapists on the physical emotional mental and spiritual levels.

REMEMBER that SATURN enters CAPRICORN Dec. 19 -December 16 2020. With a little Forewards motion into AQUARIUS March 23 2020-July 2 2020. This is a new era. and more about that in depth. Its CAPRICORN time.

Some IMPORTANT points:

The SUN is accompanied by VESTA in LIBRA

VESTA- what we inVEST ourselves in. She is the Goddess of Focus the Goddess of urselves in. She is the Goddess of Focus the Goddess of Kundalini enlightenment energy. Keep the inner flame burning bright. What lights you up?

MOON in SCORPIO conjunct EROS 

This is a very sexual erotic feeling function energy. The Moon is our moods our feelings our intuitions. The Moon governs all women’s bodies who are menstruating directly and those that are menopausal indirectly.  Eros is at zero degrees SCORPIO. Women will feel this seasons Scorpionic energy more powerfully. This is a sign of deep emotional change power and strength in doing our shadow work to address fears emotional sexual abuse and regaining our power collectively. Use the erotic psyche as an intuitive guide this entire season.

CERES is at the critical degree of CANCER @29 square JUPITER in LIBRA

Great Mother Goddess Ceres needs our help for the waters. She is squaring JUPITER in LIBRA which has brought so much imbalanced emotional weather. Be more conscious of your water usage.  Nurture the things you love be kinder to women to the earth and to your own emotional body.

JUPITER enters SCORPIO October 10th for an entire year.

SCORPIO this is YOUR TIME. TAURUS LEO and AQUARIUS also get friends with benefits from Jupiter. More on that in-depth shortly.

NEPTUNE Rx opposes MARS in VIRGO { exact on the 24th}

This can be a creative foggy minded dreamy surreal evasion of reality on the one hand. On the other, it is good for manifesting ideas practical solutions to the current opioid overdosing crisis. Neptune in PISCES is debt and Mars in Virgo are very much about accounting. Better balance the budgets during this season. This aspect denotes viruses and difficult to detect illnesses. The bodies immune system needing to be strengthened through good nutrition.

PLuto’s Grand Earth trine to Mercury and ATHENA

Is great for strategically planning the battle of words. Have a strategy for surviving the darkest times. Mercury in Virgo means storing up food for a rainy day or 40 of them. Athena in TAURUS brings in a sensual knowing. Get out into nature to access your soul’s higher knowledge.

Check out how the energies of this chart affect your own.

Keep this article for a touchstone over the next three months.

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Imbolc,Candlemas,St. Brigid’s Day,Groundhog Day Feb 1-2 Tara Greene rituals

Feb. 1st –2nd IMBOLC Traditional Irish and Pagan Holiday Celebrations

 

 

 

Traditionally what we modern Westerners know as Groundhog Day was and is, on Feb 1st or 2nd is celebrated in the Modern Irish Calendar as Saint Brigid’s Day,or Bride’s Day. Both a Catholic and an ancient Pagan Celebration,an ancient Goddess tradition, also called Imbolc, still celebrated by Wiccans/Pagan based Earth honouring religions. Christians overlaid the Ancient Goddess worshipers’ holiday renaming it Candlemas or the fest of the Purification of the Virgin. This celebration also relates to the midpoint between Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox.

It is a “cross-quarter” day in the 8 rounds of the Wheel of Time in the Solar based year. Since the Celtic Year was based on both lunar and solar cycles, it is most likely the holiday would be celebrated on the Full Moon nearest those 2 midpoints, when early spring flowers would begin to rise up through the snow, and snakes would come out of the ground. This is the precursor of the Groundhog, which the Romans replaced with a Hedgehog, which we… On Feb. 2nd this year there is a NEW MOON IN AQUARIUS at 12:45 am EST.
That Ancient peoples of Ireland kept this day as very sacred. At the Megalithic and Neolithic sites, such as the Loughcrew burial mounds and the Mound of the Hostages in Tara, Ireland, the inner chambers of the passage tombs are perfectly aligned with the rising sun of both Imbolc and Samhain attesting to the value placed on this day.

Triple Goddess/Saint Brigid/Bride

She is according to Robert Graves, the most Ancient Triple Goddess worshipped since time out of mind. The Goddess rules over scholars and poets. She is the Goddess of fire and inspirations in Ireland, the Goddess of poetry, creativity, smithcraft and healing. She also rules healing with water, and divination. She is said to rule over people who work with cows and chickens, brewers, fugitives, midwives, infants, printers, sailors, travelers, New Zealand, & Irish nuns. This day symbolizes a time of transitions, initiations, new beginnings, of planting seeds that will sprout later. Brigid/Birgita represents the light half of the year,Her power brings the people out of the dark season of winter into spring, so, it is a very important time of the year.

She is the Goddess of Augury

In the Druidic tradition, poetry and augury were associated. She is patron of prophets and seers.

Celtic seers divined by looking into deep water and into flames. This is a great time to do divination. STare at a candle, a fireplace with conscious intention. Call upon Brigid to come to you.

Triple Goddess

She has two sisters with the same name. One aspect of her carries a blacksmith tongs and a sword, because she is also patroness of war; another aspect holds 2 healing snakes, from which the modern Doctor’s symbol is derived, the caduceus, the third aspect carries a wand with a crescent moon and a tablet.

Elements

Brigid rules the Waters. Many healing springs are dedicated to Brigid. Natural bodies of water also signify Her presence, particularly where three streams joined together. She also rules Fire, so it is customary to make candles for the coming year and bless them on this day.

Protecting Goddess

In her aspect as Brigantia, she carries a spear, an orb of victory, and wears a war crown. She symbolizes protection of the country from invaders and slavery.

Midwives

As Patroness of Midwives, she was invoked at the door of the home where the woman was giving birth, by the midwife. Who speke:

Bride, Bride, come in! Thy welcome is truly made, Give thou relief to the woman, And give thou the conception to the Trinity.

Brigid is the guardian of every newborn, their cradles protected with a woven Brigit’s Cross, an equal armed cross. Upon a safe delivery, the infant was blessed or “sained” by the midwife, with 3 drops of water on the child’s forehead, dedicating the Child to the Triple Goddess. The “Holy Trinity” in its modernized Christian aspect, was just an overlay of the Goddess Triple Aspect since time out of memory. A candle was carried ‘round the bed sun wise three times. As Brigid is a Solar Goddess. We think of the Sun as masculine but originally all aspects of the Universe were considered Feminine.

Brigid Ruler of the Hearth

Especially in Gaelic Scotland, Brigid’s dolls are placed near the hearth on her Feast Day. The doll is usually dressed in white, decorated. A white wand is placed in her bed as a fertility charm. As she is patroness of agriculture, pastures, livestock, and abundance. An offering is made to her of dairy products. The Brigid doll is kept throughout the year near the hearth hung on a wall, or by a door, as a talisman of protection, then burnt the next year.

Light a Candle and Invoke the Goddess at this time-

I kindle this candle in the name of Brighid, Goddess of Smiths,

I sain this house in the name of Brighid, Goddess of Healers,

I smoor this candle in the name of Brighid, Goddess of Poets.

One folk tradition still continues in both Christian and Pagan homes on St. Brigid’s Day is that of St. Brigid’s Bed. Girls and young unmarried women create corn dollies to represent Brigid, these are adorned with ribbons, baubles shells or stones. A bed is made for the doll to lie in. On St. Brigid’s Eve Jan 31, the girls gather together in one house and stay up all night with the doll, are are later visited by all the young men, who ask permission to enter the home, and then treat the young maidens and the dolly with respect. The next day the girls carry the doll through the neighbourhood from house to house, where she is welcomed with great honour. Adult women stay home to welcome the Brigid procession and offer snacks and coins to the young girls and maidens.

Brigid is said to walk the earth on Imbolc eve. Feb 1st. Before going to bed, each member of the household may leave a piece of clothing or strip of fabric outside for Brigid to bless. The cloth are brought inside the next morning, believed to now have the powers of healing and protection.

BRIGID is alive and well.

The name “Britain” is a derivation of Brigit’s name. Britain was named for an ancient Celtic tribe, the Brigantes, who were the largest Celtic tribe in the country in pre-Roman times who worshipped Her as their Deity. The tribe originated from an area now called Bregenz in Austria near Lake Constance. The word “brigand” comes from this tribe of fierce warriors. Her symbol is a flaming spear. Her worship spread, leaving behind places named in Her honour-Brittany in France, Brechin in Scotland, the name Brent, in England, any name containing Bride. Britain’s symbol, the Goddess Brigantia, still found on their 50 cent coin is Brigid in her aspect as Goddess of the Land. In Old German/Yiddish the word “Fabrent” meaning burnt honours this Ancient Goddess. Of course Britany Spears is carrying the modern archetype of Brigid, and strangely enough one of Brigid’s symbols is a flaming spear!

A Sample of prayers used at St. Bridgid’s Day

Light 1 candle-

We gather together in this time of darkness. We look to the return of the light.

We look to the first light of Spring.

(Light two more candles.)

Goddess Midwife: Healer, Nurturer, and Herbalist.

Goddess Poetess: Bringer of Wisdom, Guidance and Prophesy.

Goddess Smithcraft: Keeper of Fire, Craftswomen, and Transformation.

Maiden, Mother, and Crone – A Triple Goddess.

Her symbols are Brigid’s cross, the flaming arrow, Brigid’s bed.

It was customary to write wishes upon scraps of cloth

and tie them to the bushes near her sacred wells.

This is Her Time of Year, a very special moment.

Her day is the Second of February,

A day upon which to seek wisdom from inside the Earth.

In the time before Patrick, serpents were sent

because they dwell in both worlds, above ground and below.

In Christian Times, the serpent became a Groundhog.

Our lady is a goddess of many aspects: Crone, Matron,

but she is pictured most often as the maiden.

Chant: Welcome Brigid, Welcome Brigid (the burning arrow of the power – Bridgette)

(Candles are lit. Maiden Goddess appears.)

Brigid: Blessings of the season upon you, my People.

I am She, that is the natural mother of all things,

Mistress and governess of all the elements,

The initial progeny of worlds,

Chief of the powers divine,

Queen of all that are in the other world,

the principal of them that dwell above,

Manifested alone and under one form

Of all the Gods and Goddesses.

St. Brigid, celtic Goddess, Imbolc, Candlemas

Festival of coming Spring, Groundhog Day