Thursday, September 27, 2012

Harvest Moon

The days are growing shorter, and cold weather is coming soon, as autumn arrives in gala dress, riding on the harvest moon. 
~Annette Bromley

The Full Harvest Moon is the full moon that occurs closest to the autumnal equinox. The Harvest Moon and Hunter's Moon are unique because the time difference between moonrises on successive evenings is much shorter than average. The moon rises approximately 30 minutes later from one night to the next. Thus, there is no long period of darkness between sunset and moonrise for several days following the actual date of the full moon. In times past this feature of these autumn moons was said to help farmers working to bring in their crops, or in the case of the Hunter's Moon, hunters tracking their prey. They could continue being productive by moonlight even after the sun had set. Hence the name Harvest Moon. 

The Harvest Moon is also known as the Wine Moon, the Singing Moon, 
"Blue Corn Moon", and the Elk Call Moon. 

In honor of the Harvest Moon I am having a special sale in my Etsy shop from 9/27/12 to 10/3/12.  25% off all Pre-made items.  This sale will not apply to "Made to Order" section.  Coupon code is "HARVESTMOON"

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Mabon Blessings

"Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting 

and autumn a mosaic of them all."

-   Stanley Horowitz

An equinox is an astronomical point and, due to the fact that the earth wobbles on its axis slightly , the date may vary by a few days depending on the year. The autumnal equinox occurs when the sun crosses the equator on its apparent journey southward, and we experience a day and a night that are of equal duration. Up until Mabon, the hours of daylight have been greater than the hours from dusk to dawn. But from now on, the reverse holds true.
Mabon marks the middle of harvest, it is a time of equal day and equal night, and for the moment nature is in balance. It is a time to reap what you have sown, of giving thanks for the harvest and the bounty the Earth provides. For finishing up old projects and plans and planting the seeds for new enterprises or a change in lifestyle. Mabon is a time of celebration and balance.
This is the time to look back not just on the past year, but also your life, and to plan for the future. In the rhythm of the year, Mabon is a time of rest and celebration, after the hard work of gathering the crops. Warm autumn days are followed by chill nights, as the Old Sun God returns to the embrace of the Goddess.
The passing of Mabon is inevitable and The Sun God should be mourned. We too, must remember that all things must come to an end. So the Sun God journeys into the lands of winter and into the Goddess' loving arms, but endings are a good time to celebrate our successes, thank our selves and those who helped us, and take part in the balance of life!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

The Purple Witch

I have created a treasury with some of my Etsy finds that coordinate with my favorite beaded spider, Angelica.  

Stop by and check out these goodies!