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Autumn Magic with Hawthorn

As leaves begin to fade, hawthorn berries blaze into bright red for autumn. In Ireland and parts of Britain it was believed that ash, oak, and hawthorn growing in the same place made the invisible world of the faeries visible. It was also believed to mark a threshold into the faery realm. For centuries, hawthorn has been an important component of Britain’s hedgerows and the flowers used in Beltane celebrations.

            The name hawthorn evolved from the Old English word, haegthorn, “hedge thorn.” It is also known as haw bush, fairy thorn, Maybush, quickthorn, whitethorn, wishing tree. Usually called haws, its oval, red fruit is also known as pixie pears and has a five-pointed star on the bottom.

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Random Experiences with Asatru Gods

I have a few more religious experiences to relate and I've collected them here because they are each a bit too short to post by themselves.  I've posted so many experiences here on Gnosis Diary, and I keep thinking I'm done surely, but then I have another one! lol. 

In the summer of 2022 I got to do 2 things I'd been wanting to do for a while: 1. have a "book tour stop" where I speak and promote my book, and I did that at Occulture Faire Las Vegas, and 2. go to a science fiction convention just to enjoy it rather than as a panelist, so I could have the kind of fun I used to have when I was younger and hadn't started having all my time scheduled to speak when I went to an sf con. I mainly wanted to enjoy the costuming and the music and filking (that means an sf themed bardic circle) and I got to do that too. 

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    I've only been to one SF convention in my life. It was called Atlantacon and held down at Virginia Beach back in the 80's. I rem

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Make Your Own Dream Journal

Nowadays, you can find really cool notebooks and blank journals so many places and I admit I like to get ones for a dollar from the stores named after the dollar. Wither it is a pharmacy, a stationary ship or a box box stores, may options are there for you to then make your own. The really great thing is that all these stores also have glitter, cool pens, ribbons and stickers galore so you can customize dream journal to look exactly like you want it. My latest one has stickers of crystals- amethyst, topaz, red garnet and many more and I took a purple amethyst-colored glitter pen to create s swirly and cool-looking My Dream Journal on the cover of the notebook. What are your favorite colors or those hues that symbolizes imagination and the domain of dreams to you? Go for it and really decorate and bling it up so that your love it and it clearly represents you and what you like.

I keep it on my nightstand with a purple-inked pen and write down my dreams when I wake up. Even the very ordinary dreams that seem a bit boring go in there. What was amazing is that, after month, some patterns were revealed as an old friend I had not talked to for years and year kept appearing in my dream. Once I saw that from reviewing my dream notes, I contacted her and it turned out that she was having a bit life challenge and was overjoyed to hear from me. She also like hearing that she was in my dreams and said she loved knowing that she “was on my mind.” It is true! She was and I only discovered that because I recorded the dreams I remembered upon waking.

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The Tale of Simmy Batbane

 

Ka-fwumpa! Ka-fwumpa!

I wake up just enough to wonder: What is that damn cat doing now?

Ka-fwumpa! Ka-fwumpa!

In compensation for their taillessness, most Manx cats have powerfully-muscled hindquarters. Simmy was a champion jumper.

Ka-fwumpa! Ka-fwumpa!

Finally, I sit up and turn on the light. Sure enough: a bat is circling the room (deosil, for what it's worth). Every time it goes past, Simmy jumps for it.

Oh, for gods' sakes, I think. I turn off the light and lay back down.

Ka-fwumpa! Ka-fwumpa!

I've just about managed to drop back off when suddenly I'm jolted upright by an unmistakable high-pitched shriek, on the bare threshold of human hearing.

Even out of mid-air, Simmycat always gets her bat.

Simmy Batbane lived to the ripe old age (for a cat) of 21, and her memory lives after her.

 

Slaw

 

Back in the days of the Hwicce, the original Tribe of Witches, warriors were esteemed as protectors of the People. One who had slain a particularly dangerous enemy frequently became known as the Bane—slayer—of that noteworthy foe. Heroes, too, would be named for the monsters that they had slain: Sigurd Fafnirsbane, Beowulf Grendelsbane.

In our day, warriors are little esteemed, and the word bane little-heard. When used, it tends to be in less lethal circumstances than previously.

 

 

Back in the bad old Jerry Falwell Christianist days (re. Christianism: cp. Islamism, the use of Islam as a political doctrine), I had a friend who earned the epithet Nazzbane from her favorite sport of shredding street-preachers into slaw.

 

But Now...

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May you soften into
the wildness beneath your skin.
May you feel the deep support
beneath your bones.
May you taste freedom
singing on the wind
and through your blood.
May you dance your dreams into being
and spin your magic into life.
May you listen to the rhythms of your wild heart
as she whispers to your soul
of exactly what you need to thrive.
May the fruitful soil of transformation
nourish your whole being.

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The secular media finally seems to be cottoning to something that pagans have always known: that the sunsteads and evendays (that's “solstices” and “equinoxes” in Witch) are intrinsically noteworthy events, something to celebrate.

(A cute little graphic popped up today when I turned on the computer: a large blue Earth—pale blue on one side, dark blue on the other, right down the middle—flanked by a smaller yellow Sun and full Moon. A nice visual shorthand, although of course the Moon isn't full, and has nothing to do with Evenday anyway. I suppose the image makes sense if we read Sun and Moon, respectively, as “Day” and “Night.”)

For cowans, who measure days from midnight, today is Equinox Day, and the Eve of the Equinox would have been last night.

Some of us see it differently.

Astronomical Equinox comes tonight at 8:03 local time, after local sunset: hence, for those of us who—like the Hwicce, the historic tribe of Witches—reckon the religious day from Sundown, the Evenday itself begins tonight.

That's why we've scheduled our 42th Annual Harvest Supper for tonight. (Welcome to Paganistan, the Land of Long-Lived Covens.) Think Witches' Thanksgiving: a ritual held around a table, with lots of singing, toasts, autumn flowers, and enough steaming, good food to feed at least a couple brigades of the Wiccan army. It's our last outdoor feast of the year, with wild geese skeining overhead, leaves beginning their change, and a wee nip in the air.

Since the official leap into Autumn falls during the feast itself this year, we'll be able to have a countdown, too: a modern tradition, but a good one.

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The Minoan Holiday Season

The Modern Minoan Paganism sacred calendar doesn't look like the eightfold Wheel of the Year that many modern Pagans are familiar with. Instead, we based our calendar specifically on Mediterranean seasonal cycles (the Minoans came from the island of Crete in the Mediterranean) as well as archaeological and ethnological evidence about the Minoans' religious practices.

So instead of a neatly balanced eight-spoke wheel, our calendar has some festivals that are spread out across the months and others that cluster together. One of those clusters - the biggest one - is my focus today.

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