to celebrate Wheel Of The Year Festivals is an ancient tradition in many cultures.
Long before Christian thought gripped the world, lived and celebrated our ancestors 8 Festivals during the Year.
These Festivals have their origin in the Cycle of Nature, the changing Seasons and the passage of the Sun and Moon.
So we celebrate the 4 Sun-Festivals, the Winter Solstice (longest Night of the Year, December 21), the Summer Solstice (the longest Day of the Year, June 21), but also the Equinoxes in Autumn and Spring.
parsifalrain, September 18, 2016
The harvest of the year is brought in, the work of the summer is done.
Silence returns in a time of gratitude and regeneration.
For the second time in the Year reigns of special state of equilibrium in which day and night are of equal length - Everything is balanced.
We are again at a turning point.
From now on the days get shorter, the nights longer.
Nature withdraws gradually and preparing for hibernation.
It is the time in which we harvest all ripe fruits and thank for the gifts of nature - we celebrate Thanksgiving.
Mabon is a time to honor the spiritual significance of harvest, sacrifice, and survival.
It is a festival of abundance, colors and pleasure.
Music and dance are included as well as the children's laughter and a wonderful feast of fresh fruit, cereals and nuts.
Also sharing belongs to Thanksgiving.
What we have too much, we give others who have not a plenty of it.
For us personally Thanksgiving is a good opportunity to look inward, to come to rest and to contemplate in retrospect to the past year.
We may thank for all that was given to us last year.
We thank ourselves for everything we have worked and done.
But we must also make provisions for the winter - separate us from burdensome and provide real necessities importance.
It is the time we spend at home in front of the warm fire with a cup of tea.
It is the time when we reflect, talk with each other, come to rest and thoroughly into our inner.
Before the Nature completely withdraws, it shows itself once again in a very special wealth and splendor.
Many crops come to maturity now and we can look forward to fresh potatoes, pumpkins, carrots and turnips.
Also the fruit is ripe and we can harvest apples, plums, pears, and finally the wine.
Blueberries, raspberries, blackberries and elderberries provide us with the most important vitamins, strengthen the immune system for the winter.
Hazelnuts and walnuts are ready to strengthen our body with essential fatty acids.
But it is not only the time of harvesting, but also the time of processing, preserving and warehousing.
We have to create inventories for the Winter, so that it can be also survived.
The fruit is cooked, the vegetables are stored.
The collected herbs are made into teas and elixirs, which are used in winter as an important remedy.
At the end of September, the Nature withdraws more and more.
The leaves begin to change color, most of the plants have formed seed to ensure they survive the Winter, where they apparently die.
Many animals stuff themselves, create important winter supplies, or say goodbye to warmer zones of Earth to survive the Winter.
In the morning is often a mist over the country, it is cool and moist.
It is the time of the Indian summer, in which draw the fibers of spider through the country.
The all burning force of the August-sun is barely noticeable.
Rather, it is a golden, slightly warming light that strengthens us.
Everything indicates that we are facing a very difficult time, which is considered to outlast.
And yet shows us the Course of the Year that it continues again and again that there is no life without death and that everything is always recurring.
However, we must learn to live with the times and these also again to esteem stronger.
meaning of the Festival
For our ancestors, who had neither technical harvest hands nor freezers available, September, the harvest month was of particular importance.
It was an incredibly lot of work and it was important that the weather gods were well disposed and supported a successful harvest.
Of course, it was believed also that the Earth Goddess was responsible for a rich harvest, so because of their offerings like baskets of fruit, ears of corn, twigs or cornucopias were made and many thanks festivals were held.
The Goddess were the best fruits and nuts sacrificed so that she would care in the coming Year for a good harvest.
This Thanksgiving Festivities began to Autumnal Equinox and lasted till the next Full Moon.
The once youthful vegetation God withdraws to the Otherworld.
themes of the Festival What I want to thank from the heart ?
How my personal harvest turned out this year ?
Which seed I sowed and nurtured and what 'life - fruits' I was able to harvest ?
Where and how I experience in my life a state of equilibrium?
How to achieve a balance between give and take ?
How can I prepare for the dark Season of the Year, what I need to let go ?
What will strengthen me and vitalize ?
How can I follow the rhythm of nature ?
Where should I draw the balance ?
What I want to carry on in my Life, which I have to say goodbye and disconnect.
the astrological perspective
In September, the change from the Virgo sign in the Libra takes place.
The Virgin is one of the Earth signs, with Mercury as planetary ruler.
The themes of the Virgin are earthiness, health awareness and often an increased sense of order.
For Autumn Equinox the Sun enters the sign of Libra.
Now we are in the sign of Harmony and Balance.
It follows the time of weighing and integrating - the exact checking what is important in Life.
Libra is an Air sign - in her prevails the planet Venus.
Many natives of Libra are trying to live as harmoniously and offset as possible, in particular beauty.
The deeper meaning of this desired equilibrium is perhaps in accepting besides the bright side, the dark side of people.
A really nice man has depth.
And this depth includes the darker side of the human soul.
But in Libra is also about the ability to put himself in the needs of others and empathize.
It's about understanding of other people, to a balance of power and to tolerance.
customs of the Festival
In farmer's almanac was the 29th September of Michael's, so Michaelmas as the beginning of winter work, which consisted of spinning and weaving in the first place.
This work lasted until February 1, Candlemas.
In the spinning room worked diligently, but sung and spoken.
The grandmothers shared their life experiences and were at that time than the wise old women.
So spun and wove the women - like the Goddess of Destiny herself - the future of the family and the village !
10 Ways to Celebrate Mabon & The Autumn Equinox ~ The White Witch Parlour
9 hazelnuts charm.. hang on the door for blessings ...
Just in September the Indian Summer is often clearly visible.
The spiders weave their threads, which covered with dew, coat the whole land.
According to earlier stories, these are the threads of fate that were woven from the spindle of Holla.
The Goddess who spins the thread of life and also weaves the fate of people, also appeared the women sometimes in the late evening and helped them at work.
Goddesses and myths of the Feast
For Autumn Equinox the archetype of the Goddess who knows the laws of life and rules over life, death and rebirth gets the meaning.
Also the Harvest Goddess and Goddess of Agriculture were honored.
In Celtic the Festival is also called 'Mabon', which means 'Big Son'.
The mother of Mabon was Mordon, patroness of the 'Other World'.
It is the Earth herself.
From story-wise it was so that the little son Mabon disappeared from the earth, when he was only three nights old.
His mother, the earth, suffered greatly.
She searched for him everywhere.
but has been found Mabon of three animals, namely a blackbird, a deer and an owl.
They found Mabon in the Otherworld - the abdominal cavity of the Mother Earth.
This is an enchanted place, but also a place of challenge.
And only in such a place the Son of the Earth could be reborn as a Son of Light.
In Christian belief
And later, Jesus who was resurrected after 3 days.
Demeter sacrificing grain at the altar on vaze figure, National Archaeological Museum Athens
The story of Demeter and her daughter Persephone.
Demeter's daughter Persephone was abducted by Hades and taken to the Underworld because he could not find a woman who voluntarily went with him to the Underworld.
Demeter was full of sorrow and pain - everywhere she sought her daughter, but she could not find her anywhere.
She raged, cried, complained, begged for mercy, but nothing helped.
Finally furious anger accrued from her grief and she cursed everything was fertile on Earth.
'Die, die, die!' she screamed, and from now on no more children were born, no wheat flourished any longer and no bud opened further - the people and animals threatened to starve.
The earth itself died.
Demeter sat by the well and shouted into her daughter's name.
Here comes another Goddess to the plan: The Goddess Baubo.
She is the Goddess of Humor, the irrepressible laughter and vulgar jokes.
She rides on a sow, which is a very ancient symbol for birth and rebirth.
Baubo rode to Demeter, dancing wildly, wiggling her breasts and told her a few dirty jokes.
Demeter was herewith awakened from her grief and first began to laugh again.
According to history, both Goddesses were sitting by the fountain and laughed that they were shaking their bellies.
They laughed until for Hades it became unbearable, and so he set Persephone free again and she returned to the surface to her mother.
Although it was not allowed to remain throughout the year on top of the Earth, because Persephone had eaten already food of the Underworld (a few [Punica granatum] pomegranate seeds).
But she was able to spend at least two thirds of the year with Demeter on Earth.
The other third of them had to live in the Underworld.
Demeter had given her approval.
She was happy again and regained her zest for life, and so also the Earth, the people and the animals were fertile again and no one had to starve.
Herbs and medicinal plants in September
Apple Tree, Hazel, angelica, hops, valerian
Apples are a perfect Mabon symbol, and there are so many wonderful things you can do with them.
Brown, yellow, gold, orange, red and violet
Amethyst, sapphire, lapis lazuli and yellow topaz
Happy Mabon !
May the blessings of the harvest be plentiful for all as we prepare for the cold and dark of Winter.
Midsummer or Litha Festival or the Summer Solstice is the most powerful day of the year for the Sun God.
In the summer solstice, the sun's power and the daytime brightness reach their absolute peak.
We celebrate the longest night of the year, but which also represents the turning point at which the days get shorter.
The highest solar power - and the turning point.
The Summer Solstice was seen since time immemorial as a time of great significance to our ancestors.
The word 'Solstice' derives from the Latin word 'solstitium', which literally translates to 'sun stands'
The Summer Solstice was celebrated quite extensively among the Celts.
Usually the celebration lasted for 12 days.
It was a festival of thanksgiving for the glorious summer time, with all its wealth and abundance.
It was the most carefree time of year, as people had really enough to eat.
Consider that the supply of food in former times was very much dependent on the seasons and many people starved to death in late winter because not enough food was available.
Parsifalrain, June 20
So it is particularly clear how important this exuberant celebration in the summer for the people was.
Like Beltane, Litha is also a celebration of fertility.
The Goddess is heavy with pregnancy from the mating at Beltane.
The women were brewing strong beer, to which plenty of the important Amber [Hypericum] were added, which had special intoxicating and aphrodisiac effect.
There was dancing around the fire, most pairs.
The women wore wreaths of Ground ivy vines [Glechoma hederacea] at the top and belt of Mugwort [Artemisia vulgaris] around the hips.
During the evening the dances became more ecstatic, sometimes was danced naked.
The nudity was considered ritual nudity, a holy state, which should make the connection to the (mystical) original.
The young couple swore oaths of love and jumped over the fire.
Of course, at this festival was again a lot of room for eroticism, desire and passion.
At the end of the evening the herbs were thrown into the fire and it was hoped that all diseases and all evil of last year have disappeared.
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It is said that at the time of the Solstice, the curtain between the worlds is particularly permeable.
It is a time in which the Gods descend to Earth, that the decedent walk around, but wander around on Earth also the elves.
At their pageants, Fairies and Elves should be able to notice, if you put yourself under an Elder Bush.
But be careful, they sometimes give raw deals ...
Previously it was also protected the house and yard with garlands of Ivy [Hedera helix], St. John's wort [Hypericum perforatum], Yarrow [Achillea millefolium], Plantain [genus Plantago] and French daisy [Marguerite] against evil spirits or ogres from other worlds.
Sage [Salvia officinalis], Mint [Mentha], Basil [Ocimum basilicum], Saint John's Wort [Hypericum perforatum] , Sunflower, yes, Mistletoe (specifically the berries that represent semen), Oak, Rowan [Pyrus aucuparia], and Fir [genus Abies].
Nature can be seen in its full glory and wealth.
Plants bear fruit that have arisen from the buds and seeds.
Everything grows and flourishes.
Many plants develop their highest healing power around the summer solstice.
We may enjoy the bounty of nature and the light heartedness.
But we also celebrate the power of the sun, which can grow and flourish all life, warms us, makes our innermost free and carefree.
For us it is a time of abundance and fulfillment and we celebrate the richness and the beauty of Nature - and in us.
We wonder what has become of our ideas and plans, which fruits we bear now.
Celebrating the fullness, the richness and beauty.
The Festival of the Summer Solstice is in The Wheel Of The Year located in the South.
The South is Noon, stands for the Mid-Life, the Element of Fire and the themes of Motherhood and the True Love.
Summer Solstice also means at the same time the turning point takes place, as of now, days get shorter and the nights are getting longer.
Nature can be seen by the end of June in absolute Abundance.
Many plants bloom in the beautiful Summer colors or now carry their sweet Fruit.
Strawberries, Raspberries, Currants and Blackberries provide us with the long-awaited fresh vitamins.
Even the vegetables are growing rapidly and plentiful and if Mother Earth is well disposed towards us, facing a rich Harvest.
It is the time of Abundance, where we have to make us not worry about our supply, because everything that our body needs, is available in sufficient quantity.
Emotionally, the Summer begins for us at this time.
The days are hot and we enjoy the warmth and the power of the Sun.
She strengthens us with her energy and life-giving force.
At the same time can be felt that the sun also bears destructive force in itself.
She can parch, burn and wither the earth.
At this point, it is important to honor the opposite pole.
The water, and the cooling night.
On the apparent Climax or Culmination, the turn has already been completed.
The Summer Solstice marks astrologically speaking, the change from zodiac sign Gemini (carefree air element) to the sign of Cancer.
In contrast, zodiac Cancer delivers the introspection of the human in the foreground.
It's about feeling and intuition.
We develop our sensitive side and suddenly the mental experience and the processing moves to the foreground.
The maternal-nourishing aspect gets importance.
It is getting the task of every human being, to make sure how much he even mothered and nurtured himself - how well he takes care of his Inner Child.
At the time of greatest heat so the water-sign of cancer with its pronounced moon forces takes over the guide.
The Summer Solstice, the feminine power of the goddess peaked.
She is now the mature woman and is the fertility-giving nurturer and mother.
The summer goddesses represent the archetype of partnership and motherly goddess.
The amorous transformed into the lover.
It comes to the sacred marriage with her counterpart, the sun god.
This divine couple unites male and female portions, whereby a state of equilibrium and sameness is achieved.
At this moment, the world can be experienced in its totality.
The South is the Element of fire associated why we also like to deal with the celebrations of the Fire issue and the force of Fire.
Fire generally stands for high energy, heat and transformation.
But Fire can also be very dangerous and destructive, yet is essential for life.
The Fire element is
Transformation - change, conversion
Energy, activity, spirit (in the sense of moxie)
Life and creativity
When we call the fire energy
If life energy and vitality is lacking or missing
If we are to see more enthusiasm
If we have too little self-confidence, and/or radiate
If we want to release or convert old
When we are discouraged and incapacitate
If I want to live more passion
The matching dance at the Summer Solstice is the Spiral Dance.
Everywhere Spirals emerge are brought in connection with Creation and Formation of the World.
Woman Of The Earth (Spiral Dance -From the Mist: A Retrospective)
The Spiral counts as the labyrinth of the oldest symbols of Humanity.
The Spiral is always in motion.
In it there is no standing still.
She turns, she twirls, she dances, it approaches and again moves away.
All static is a stranger to her.
Brings petrified relations in motion.
It is a symbol of change.
Much in Nature is structured Spiral.
In these dances we move Spiral-out to the center and-back.
The Spiral can be placed of stones or marked with flour or the dance leader takes his fellow dancers in the hand and leads them in the dance to the center.
In the center is carried out for each dancer a short pause, then made a conscious inversion and also danced out again of the Spiral.
The path of the Spiral is in, and again, the way out.
In the middle is the Turning Point, repentance, orientation to the new.
Old can be left behind, we return to (turn around) and move forward into the New.
(Clockwise danced multiplying, in the opposite direction it is applied to break something [unwelcome] down)
So, the right-handed Spiral is the sign of creation, because from one point is all spread outwardly.
The left-handed Spiral is the sign of return to Unity, because from the outside, the path leads back to the center, (into) inside, so to our Self.
The Spiral is therefore a sign of inner repentance of men, his mental and physical renewal.
Moreover, Spirals symbolize infinity.
Litha is a superb time for early rising and gazing at the early morning rays.
What a grand way watching the sunrise and the sunset and to celebrate this longest day of the year.
Celebrate solar-energy by decorating with yellow, gold, orange, and red.
The most important thing to do when celebrating Midsummer but is to get outside and enjoy the wonderful sun.
Yeah, right, of course I could have named this essay 'the kidnapping of Beltane'
Baal and Beel
Baal Schamin (Jamin), as a fertility deity unerringly originates from the Assyrian - Babylonian area, so from the cradle of humanity.
To worship Baalschamin accordingly, fertility sacrifices were offered.
So water was poured into the altars of rock or placed flowers and herbs on the sacrificial stones or burnt incense, Baal-fires made, danced around and prayed to foster the prosperity of Nature in order to prevent crop failures.
The Middle East was then a forest with unique vegetation, there were nothing of karst,- steppe- or desert areas.
Especially the Lebanon Cedar dominated these huge woodlands but also huge Eucalyptus trees..
In the cultures that worshiped nature or the sun as deities it was assumed that the higher one climbs up the closer one is to God:
It attracted long pilgrimages from the villages, cities and sacred pilgrimage sites, mostly located in Syria (Palmyra), Hatra in Iraq and Baalbeck in Lebanon, ...
image Interior of the Great Temple, Baalbeck
... to make pilgrimages up to the 2.800 Meter towering 'White Head Of Sheikh', ...
... the Djebel es-Sheik, also called Senir, Sion, Sirion or Ba'al Hermon, as the most impressive mountain there, except for the height, Hermon is toppled by the Anti-Lebanon mountain range.
Baal Hermon, surrounded by a protective forest of Cedars to celebrate with the temple priests at Hermon weddings and also commemorate blessings for happiness and to ask boon for the marriage at the peak of the Hermon High-Mountains.
Over time, the forests of Mesopotamia and Assyria disappeared and later the protective forest due to overexploitation (increasing the trading fleet of the Phoenicians) and the temple began to decay.
So vanished with the above-ground-ceremonial temple the priests (not their subterranean habitation) and the worship of the fertility and love-of-life god Baaljamin the memories.
This was when Baal was replaced by a Moloch named Beel.
Baal and what Baal represented was wiped from the history books, the natural religion hijacked, corrupted and transformed into a submission to a gory being.
Thus, the Beelsebub, Beelzebub (Schame-dim-name, corruption of text), as an idol was established and sacrificed animals and humans (and still on other places, apparently) for its goodwill to put it gracious.
It may be noted, ancient Assyria was then at the intersection of several countries of the Middle East and therefore was the influence of this blood-thirsty entity exceptionally high and expanded further throughout history. (timeleap)
The salient point but is ...
In ALL the sources I have scoured is this prince of the kingdom of darkness, the Beel-Zebub, the triple stoned Shaitan, ruler of the demons and supreme demon of the desert, Lord of the flies and manure (second highest prince of darkness after Satan), the symbol of corruption, impurity and the disintegration, embodying the destruction, FALSELY INTERPRETED OR NAMED Baal (!), although 'the two' are diametrically different.
One should not forget that with every worship the importance of deities would grow and thus its power over a respective region or matter:
Now, when you hear from the media since the beginning of April 2016 that, after the destruction of the Baal temple in Palmyra / Tadmur by ISIS in August 2015 (breathe in and forget not to exhale) starting from Times Square in New York and Leicester Square in London, in 1.000 cities worldwide, the Palmyran portal to the temples or the temple of Baal to be emulated, - closer considered - this would appear not to be a good idea.
In times of geoengineering, the progressive seizure (Corporatism) of agro-corporations, bee mortality, giving a shit about environmental protection, the clearing of rainforests and political motivated soil-sealing of entire landscapes, so destructive measures to be carried out ... rather than promote a constructive (true) Baal worship - as it was originally intended (no, I am not speaking of these nwo neo-pagan puppets who are misled to help achieve a communist new order of the world) - and to motivate people to care about and apply the traditions of our forefathers is planned in virtually ALL the major cities of the world the construction of such (artificial) Beel - portals, so to subject to the ruler of all demons.
... and all this, on the pretext of 'solidarity with Syria' (WHAT, since WHEN ?) and its UNESCO cultural heritage to consider as a new normality.
Ask yourself: Who would benefit ?
Below, you may find how the real Beltane, so the 'Baltane' traditionally has always been celebrated - this as an invitation and meant a counter-balance to the plans of the Satanists.
Now relax as I would like to invite you to enjoy and celebrate the real 'Baltane':