Sullen September

It’s not because it is my birthday tomorrow (the 29th) but this September has been very off-beat energetically.

Usually when I work with long-time clients I have the best possible relationship with them. I have clients I have worked with for nearly six years now, really stunning in this business and wonderful to see  people using magick in extraordinary ways. It is truly inspiring.

As I am sure you can imagine after a number of years working with a client you establish a close working relationship – no, better than that, I consider my clients a part of my life. They were remarkably kind to me when my husband passed away, sending flowers and cards and heartfelt condolences. Many of my clients have become close friends (from all corners of the world – in Shanghai, Dubai, Glasgow, Melbourne, Tokyo and Wales) and I value them like my friends in real life.

Thus it was somewhat shocking this month to have  two long-time clients absolutely give me the brush-off. Both had placed orders for the wonderful 09-09-09 Wish Spell which was very limited. I had also worked out payment plans with them since they were so eager to purchase the spells and I always work with my long-time clients to make sure whatever they are purchasing will work for them financially.

And then…nothing. Not a word. The invoices were ignored, emails were not responded to and frankly I became worried that something terrible may have happened. I still don’t know and I sent emails of concern asking them to please contact me.

Sometimes this might happen with a new client but clients that I have had for years? Never before, so I was quite stumped by it. Perhaps it was a lingering effect from Mercury Retrograde – I don’t know. I had all kinds of issues with clients earlier in the month that I have not ever had to deal with in all my many years of doing this work on the web.

As a client of mine please make sure to stay in communication with me if you request a limited space in a special casting and request an invoice. If you aren’t sure you want it, then please don’t reserve a space. Unfortunately I had to turn away two other clients because it was too late to add them to the casting.

When I have a limited casting it is for a reason, either I can only get a certain number of special correspondences or that the spells will take a considerable length of time and energy. It is only rare very special spells that I have to do in this fashion. For instance the Total Eclipse of the Heart Spell for the last full eclipse was limited because I was sending my results to Shanghai for my sister-witch to consecrate in view of the eclipse. I didn’t want to send her a huge package of results for my clients since she had kindly offered to do this for me (I exchanged some witchy supplies I made specifically for a Chinese spell we were working on together) and I didn’t want to take up too much of her time so she could enjoy the eclipse.

I hope nothing like this happens again. I have recently changed several of my policies regarding communicating with my clients – I am here for my clients to discuss their needs much more so than I have been in the past. The communication between us is such an important part of the spell casting process that I am devoting more of my time to it. I want to discuss client issues and give in depth consultation so I can give the best possible advice and spell workings.

I am here for my clients, all of them, new, long-time – all. Talk to me.

Autumn Equinox

Today is the Autumn Equinox which I will celebrate with  – a day off!

The altar is already decorated with corn dollies, acorns, leaves and a mini cornucopia (the fruits are little and fake because I don’t want the kitties getting into it!) and three special candles that were made for me on the last Mabon by my dear friend Joanna Rowantree. They are special candles for this day, timed with the Equinox and crafted using the appropriate colors and herbs.I will light the candles tonight during the short Mabon ritual I do every year.

I don’t usually have a big feast on Mabon, since it often comes at a time when I have been very busy and need a break. It is not a “Greater” sabbat, but a lesser, so it is acceptable not to have a big hoopla. Plus I enjoy the quiet reflection that comes with  the gentle spirit of the day.

That’s not to say there will not be a nice dinner involved! I plan on making a harvest vegetable pie, chock full of fall flavors that I’ll serve with fresh bread and a wild rice pilaf. I do have my favorites for the holidays!

Here is more information about Mabon (I didn’t write this and would give credit to whomever did but could not find it!):

Mabon marks the Second Harvest, the end of the grain harvest (which begun at Lughnasadh), and rests on the Autumn Equinox. The Equinox mirrors dwindling of life (and eventual progression to rebirth), as well as the struggle for balance; day and night are equal for a single day.  This Sabbat can also be known as: the Second Harvest Festival, Feast of Avalon, Cornucopia, Wine Harvest, the Fall Equinox, Harvest Home, the Autumnal (or Autumn) Equinox, Festival of Dionysus, Alban Elfed (Caledonii, Druidic), Winter Finding (Teutonic), or Equinozio di Autunno (Strega). The full moon closest to the Autumn Equinox is called the Harvest Moon, and farmers would harvest their corps by this moonlight as part of the Second Harvest celebration.

Mabon is very much like Thanksgiving. Most of the crops have been reaped and abundance is more noticeable than ever. Mabon is the time when we reap the fruits of our labor and lessons, both crops and experiences. It is a time of joy, to celebrate that which is passing and it is a time to gaze into the bright future. We are reminded once again of the cyclic universe; endings are merely new beginnings. Natural energies are aligned towards protection, wealth, prosperity, security, and boosting self-confidence. Any spells or rituals centered around balance and harmony are appropriate.

In Greek mythology, Autumn begins as Persephone returns to the Underworld to live with Hades, her husband. The myth says that Demeter’s daughter, Kore, had taken a day to pick flowers in a meadow when the Earth opened up, and Hades pulled the girl into the Underworld to become his bride. Kore’s name became Persephone when she married Hades. For nine straight days, Demeter searched for Kore, with no success. In misery and despiration, Demeter questioned Helios, the Sun God, who informed her that her brother, Zeus, had given the girl to Hades. Furious, Demeter left Olympus to roam the Earth disguised as an old woman, ending up settled in her temple at Eleusis. Soon after, she cursed the Earth so it would yield no crops. Zues sent her a frantic message inquiring as to why she had prevented growth on the planet. She replied that there would be no regeneration of vegetation on the Earth until her daughter, Kore, was safely returned.

Zeus immediately dispatched Hermes into the Underworld to retrieve the girl. Hades, not wanting to relinquish his bride permanently, convinced Persephone to eat some pomegranate seeds before she returned to her mother, Demeter. Demeter was yet again distraught when she learned of this trickery! Finally, Zeus declared that Kore-Persephone would live with her mother during one half of the year and return to her husband, Hades, during the other half. In thanks, Demeter lifted the curse on the Earth, creating Spring. Every year hence, during her time of greatest sorrow, Demeter renews the curse, as her daughter returns to Hades and the Underworld.

Simple altar decorations can be obtained by taking a calm “pilgrimage” through your local woods and collecting leaves, acorns, berries, and other things symbolic of nature’s bounty. Going through your personal gardens with thanks and lovingly harvesting what is ready is also appropriate. Breads may be baked in the shape of the Sun, combining fruits or vegetables and grains, incorporating both of the major aspects of this Harvest. The seeds of various plants are stored through winter for replanting, and therefore, the plant’s rebirth in the Spring. A feast for friends and family always provides a cheerful abundance of energy and thanks.

  • Foodstuffs: Grapes, Acorns, Wheat Bread, Goat, Indian Corn, Horn of Plenty, Cornbread, Corn, Root Crops (ie Onions, Carrots, Potatoes, etc.), Nuts, Dried Fruits, Apples, Beans, and Squash.  
  • Drinks: Wine, Ale, and Cider.  
  • Colors (for those who work with Candle Magick): Red, Deep Gold, Orange, Brown, Maroon, Violet, Russet, Yellow, and Indigo.  
  • Animals: Dogs, Wolves, Stag, Birds of Prey (especially the Blackbird, Owl, and Eagle), Salmon, and Goat.  
  • Mythical Creatures: Gnomes, Sphinx, Minotaurs, Cyclops, Andamans, and Gulons.  
  • Stones: Yellow Topaz, Carnelian, Sapphire, Yellow Agate, Lapis Lazuli, and Amethyst. Also, river or stream stones which have been submerged for the Summer may be used.  
  • Plants: Vines, Garlands (made of these various plants), Gourds, Pine Cones, Acorns, Wheat, Dried Leaves, Corn, Pomegranate, Ivy, Hazel, Hops, Cedar, and Tobacco.  
  • Herbs: Myrhh, Thistles, Tobacco, Oak Leaves, Hazel, Mums, Hops, Acorns, Marigold, Roses, Sage, Milkweed, Solomon’s Seal, Asters, Ferns, Honeysuckle, Benzoin, Passionflower, Pine, and Cedar.  
  • Incense would include: Aloes Wood, Cinnamon, Cloves, Benzoin, Jasmine, Frankincense, Myrrh, and Sage.  
  • Dieties: All wine Deities (especially Dionysus and Bacchus), the Mother aspect of the Triple Goddess, Persephone, Thor, Modron, Morgan, Snake Woman, Epona, Pamona, Muses, Mabon, Thoth, Hermes, Hotei, Harvest Deities, and Aging Deities.

New Moon Magick

Since everything has been mailed (all spell results) I am now taking orders for the New Moon casting. Here is a little bit about the significance of the New Moon.

Essential New Moon information: The New Moon is used for personal growth, healing, the blessing of a new project or venture and the start of new relationships and is also excellent for attraction spells. This is the time when the Crone is transformed into the Maiden. It is a time of renewal and new beginnings. The Maiden is essential to the continuation of all life; her color is white, denoting innocence and newness. She is the springtime, the dawn, eternal youth and vigor, enchantment and seduction, the new and waxing moon.

Casting: The casting period for each moon phase (that I follow) is two to three days.My New Moon altar: I use white, blue and yellow candles. I also use a statue of the Goddess in her Maiden face.

Interesting note: It makes sense for instance that author Stephenie Meyer called her second book in the Twilight series New Moon because it is all about Bella’s growth and transformation( without Edward), as well as the growth of Jacob’s feelings for her and her feelings for him (a new relationship). I find it interesting when laypeople incorporate moon lore as symbols.