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Month of Virgo
In about ten weeks, we in the Northern Hemisphere will celebrate Samhain – Halloween – for us Wiccans, the ending of the old year and the beginning of the new, but also the moment when we start going deeper into the dark half of the year – a time of reflection, counting the results of our personal harvest and planning for the Spring’s new endeavors.
Samhain is one of the two times when the veil between the worlds is thinnest. So it is a time to think about and try to connect with ancestral spirits, to offer gratitude, seek guidance for our reflections and integrating our lessons until the Sun returns, and ask their blessings on our aspirations and goals.
Since spirituality is intensely personal and experiential, it is important to connect with the energy of this time at a deep individual level.
In addition to costume parties, trick or treating, Witches’ Balls, and the like, spend some time alone with the feeling of the night of Samhain. In my Tradition, one suggestion is to open your front door, sit at the threshold, and feel the energy that is all around you – notice the wind, the leaves blowing past, the rain, whatever comes. And be aware that everything is energy, differing only in its vibration, and that the Spirit guides, ancestors, and Angels that surround you are there for your learning and healing benefit and you can call on them to support what is in your highest good. Or if you can, walk in a park or the woods. Think about how you will celebrate Samhain now, so you can be peaceful and prepared for a deep and meaningful experience.
Between now and then, we have work to do – we need to bring in our personal Harvest. All the plans, schemes, projects, and activities we’ve been engaged in since Candlemas are coming to their current level of fruition – we had our first taste of the Harvest on August 1 – Lughnassadh to us Wiccans – the small harvest. We tasted the blueberries and other early crops, and became aware that the light is waning, though the heat of summer is still with us, and we look toward the Equinox – Mabon – to celebrate bringing in the rest.
This is a time for gratitude. Though our tests are surely upon us, we have been given much. Mabon is a time to express that gratitude, and perform a celebration to thresh the wheat from your personal harvest, give thanks for it, and release the chaff so that its energy can be recycled for the good.
As Mabon approaches, do an inventory – what you have accomplished and received and will retain, for which you feel grateful; and what no longer serves you that must be released to allow for the coming of what is new, highest, and best for your life path. Be sure to prepare your personal offering for the blessings of the season.
May you Blessed Be.