Ahhhh, we're in the deep of winter and it's finally time to rest. What a year it's been! Time to celebrate with family and friends, and on Yule day itself, to witness the rising sun.
Samhain represents the third and final harvest and the death of the year. This is also the time when the veil between this world and the next is at its thinnest, making Samhain the time to honor and commune with your ancestors.
At Mabon, the energy is of completion, of the finish line we can see ahead. Mabon is the beginning of the sunset on our wheel of the year, which will drop into full dark in six weeks at Samhain.
It's a time for gratitude, for beginning to celebrate achievements, but also a time for recognizing regret and making decisions as to what needs to still be culled to make the most of our time left in the year.
This is the time we celebrate life in all its fullness because the days just get shorter, and the nights longer, from here. If we've been diligent about working toward our goals, this is also the time when we're recognizing the fulfillment of our efforts.
My laser-etched cookie rolling pins arrived today! I like to mark the seasons with sugar cookies, so I wanted a design for each season.
Celebrate life and the lush growth around you with all your primal senses! Eat, drink, and be merry -- with friends and outside, if at all possible.
This is the time when we take the ideas and dreams we held "under the ground" at Imbolc and bring them to the surface in the form of concrete goals and projects.
I am a big fan of doing an elemental cleansing on the energy in a house, but sometimes smudging is not the best option. Enter Florida water.