Since Mabon is coming up soon, I figured I’d make a beginners approach to the holidays starting with the closest. I, myself, have not celebrated it before being so new to Wicca/witchcraft, however, I’m excited for what is to come.
Firstly, the holiday usually falls around September 21st to the 23rd. It comes with the Autumnal Equinox. This year it falls on Friday September 22nd. It is a time to reap and harvest the seeds you have sown during the last year (figuratively and literally). It is time to finish old business and ready ourselves for a time of rest, relaxation, and reflection. It is a time of balance and mysteries. It is also a time when it’s perfectly okay to wear your most extravagant clothes and celebrate as lavishly as you wish. (I personally plan on dressing up, staying home, and cooking some good food).
The symbolism: Second Harvest, the Mysteries, Equality and Balance
Symbols of Mabon: wine, gourds, pine cones, acorns, grains, corn, apples, pomegranates, vines such as ivy, dried seems, and horns of plenty
Herbs of Mabon: acorns, benzoin, ferns, grains, honeysuckle, marigold, milkweed, myrrh, passionflower, rose, sage, solomon’s seal, tobacco, thistle, and vegetables
Foods of Mabon: breads, nuts, apples, pomegranates, and vegetables such as carrots and onions
Incense of Mabon: Autumn blend-benzoin, myrrh, and sage
Colors of Mabon: red, orange, russet, maroon, brown, and gold
Stones of Mabon: sapphire, lapis lazuli, and yellow agates
Activities of Mabon: making wine, gathering dried herbs, plants, seeds and see pods, walking in the woods, scattering offerings in harvested fields, offering libations to trees, adorning burial sites with leaves, acorns, and pine cones to honor those who have passed
Spell working of Mabon: protection, prosperity, security, and self-confidence, also those of harmony and balance
Dieties of Mabon: Goddesses- Madron, Morgan, Epona, Persephone, Pamona and the Muses; Gods- Mabon, Thoth, Thor, Hermes, and The Green Man
And there you go! All the essential info about Mabon. Go forth and celebrate! Feel free to tell me how you plan on celebrating/if you’re celebrating.
you know that movie trope where character A overhears character B say something like “I don’t like A” and they start crying and run away and never talk to B again but actually B was saying something like “I don’t like A, I love A!” and A would have known that if they had just stuck around and confronted B and you’re like “just talk to each other!!!!!”
that’s how I feel when people see a tumblr post and assume it means something without ever asking the OP about it
Hari Merdeka (Malaysian for ‘Independence Day’), also known as Hari Kebangsaan (National day), refers to the day when the Federation of Malaya’s independence from the British Empire was officially declared. At exactly 09:30 on 31 August 1957, the declaration was read by the first Chief Minister of Malaya, Tunku Abdul Rahman at the Merdeka Stadium in the presence of thousands of people including Malay Rulers, members of the federal government, and foreign dignitaries.
not all of us have the lore, tools, ability, or spoons to go the whole nine yards. here are the most basic (and still fully valid!) ways you can celebrate the holiday. you can do one, two, or all three, up to you. 1. eat or drink something with apple, pumpkin, or pomegranate 2. take a walk outside and reflect on Autumn (it’s okay if you lack the ability or spoons to do this) 3. remember the dead
TODAY is our Independence Day! While whites had centuries of celebrating July 4th as their Independence Day WE were PROPERTY that had NO BASIC HUMAN RIGHTS. WE celebrate Juneteenth because our freedom was hidden from us for years. Slaves were not aware of their freedom until years after slavery was abolished. White history will tell you the delay was due to “news traveling slowly” but we all know it doesn’t take two years to let everyone know that slavery had been outlawed. On June 19th, 1865 Over 250,000 slaves were freed in Texas alone, this day is reserved as the official Independence Day for blacks in America. HAPPY JUNETEENTH!
Genre: Angst, Fluff; Soulmate!AU where you can hear music only if you have a soulmate.
Word Count: Roughly 3K
Note: Happy Birthday to our very own Min Yoongi! This is basically my way of trying to celebrate it, and it was supposed to only be a drabble but… ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
The silence only lasts for a moment. It’s
brief, and it’s fleeting, just like your love seems to be.
Jinyoung’s looking at you, you can tell;
you don’t need to look at him to know
it, since you can feel his heavy gaze resting just between your shoulders,
under your neck. The air is cold, just like your heart, and when you finally
turn around, to meet his eyes, the gale stops too, as though it knows. Your
head is empty, no soft music murmuring into it, and when you look at him, you
can tell from the hollowness of his eyes that his is too.
“I guess…” You speak first, softly, fists
clenching, “I guess this is where it ends?”
“It doesn’t have to.” He answers, just as
quiet, though his stance speaks volumes, “We can still try.”
“It doesn’t work that way.” You cross your
arms, head still ringing from the silence, and it’s tough trying to stop your
eyes from stinging, “You…You know that as well as I do.”
“Soulmates aren’t everything, Y/N.” Jinyoung
asserts, looking at you with his eyes crinkled, not in joy, but in solemnity, “Just
because you don’t hear anything doesn’t mean you can’t feel it.”
“You found your soulmate though,” Your
words are flat, dead, “I have no place in your life anymore Jinyoung, and I
think…I think we both need to accept this.”
You hold up your wrist, showing him the
“My soulmate’s dead. There’s no way to turn that around, and I’m okay. But you’re
not,” You gesture helplessly at his wrist, where an intricate pattern of
flowers blooms beautifully, rich with its pink hues, “You still have someone
out there waiting for you, crossing
their fingers to find their soulmate, so you can’t leave them all by
The tears finally spill out as you take his
hands—his warm hands—in yours,
smiling up at him through blurry vision.
“Y/N—” He breathes out, his own eyes
glistening, and you shush him, reaching up to card a hand through his hair.
“Always remember,” You say gently, voice
shaking, before you lean up to press your trembling lips against his, letting
the tears slip freely, “That I love you.”
He looks at you once, before his arms come
to wrap around you, and you let him.
🌼🔮 A Summary of the Sabbats for Southern Hemisphere Witches 🔮🌼
As a kiwi witchling, sometimes it’s tricky celebrating the opposite sabbat to our Northern hemisphere friends! For example, while (what feels like) everyone is gearing up for Samhain, the days are getting warmer and Beltane is on the way for us!
I’m no expert but I’ve done my best to summarise the sabbats below with dates for us Southern hemisphere babes.
Considered to be the witches new year, Samhain is a cross quarter day; it is situated between the Autumn Equinox and the Winter Solstice. It is a time to remember lost loved ones, and a time for reflection. Samhain inaugurates Winter and is the last of the three harvesting festivals.
June 20th-23rd (on the Winter solstice)
The shortest day of the year marks the turning point in the sun’s descent; from here, the days begin to grow longer. Also known as the Winter Solstice, we celebrate this as a time of renewal and hope.
⛅ Imbolc ⛅
Imbolc marks the end of winter and the return of the sun. A celebration of light, hope, and spring being just around the corner. This is a great time to clean and cleanse your home, making way for new things to come.
🌱 Ostara 🌱
Sep 20th-23rd (on the vernal equinox)
Ostara celebrates the coming of fertility and is the time to plant seeds for the year to come. Just the act of planting a garden is a magical act in itself.
🔥 Beltane 🔥
A celebration of fertility and the season of fire, Beltane is a celebration full of joy. Many rituals contain sexual symbolism and some choose to conceive children at this time.
☀️ Litha ☀️
Dec 20th-23rd (on the summer solstice)
Midsummer or summer solstice, this is a celebration of the sun, the longest day of the year and a reminder of the shorter days to come. Midsummer is also a good time to collect herbs, flowers and other plants.
🌾 Lammas or Lughnassadh 🌾
This sabbat is the first of the three harvesting festivals. Celebrations focus on grain, the harvest and being grateful for the food on our tables. Baking bread is a common ritual.
🍁 Mabon 🍁
Mar 20th-23rd (on the autumnal equinox)
The second of the three harvesting festivals, Mabon is the last spoke in the wheel of the year. The days are growing shorter and colder, and witches give thanks and reflect on the year.
It’s been quite awhile since our last ship week. I figured with summer right around the corner, it was about time to schedule a new one.
For those who don’t know : what is a ship week?
It is basically an entire week celebrating a certain ship! Each day has a certain theme and people create art, fanfics, videos, and various other media of the ship corresponding with the theme. The week is for everyone and you can participate in many different ways.
THE DETAILS :
The Tag : #genyatta week summer
The Date :
June 26 - July 2
The Themes :
June 26 : Movie Night/Drive In Theater
June 27 : Beach Day/Pool Day
June 28 : Summer Treats (Ice Cream, Popsicles, etc.)
June 29 : Summer Festival
June 30 : Camping (Can be in the forest or mountains)
July 1 : Intimacy/Romantic (Slow dance, dinner, etc.)
July 2 : Free Day! (Draw what you want! Can be summer related or not)
Here I am telling her something that could destroy her faith in humanity, and instead she goes and repairs a little piece of mine.
AOS Appreciation Week - Day 3: Daisy
Where do I start about why I love Daisy Johnson? Her faith in humanity? Her ingenuity? Her dedication? I already chatted briefly about those last week so I won’t rehash, but they all tie into something that I really admire about her and that is her drive. Not just the nature of her motivation - which is fab; honestly, what a hero - but the strength of it.
Daisy is not a Reluctant Hero™. She has always wanted to do good and she has always used whatever skills and resources she had at her disposal to do it. When she was a hacker, she stole from evil corporations and exposed lies and cover-ups of corrupt and violent companies, governments and individuals. She learn to beguile and charm. She learnt to discipline her body and mind, and to use weapons and powers. All of this, she poured doing good. Whether she’s living in a van, working for the government, or dangerously depressed and on the run, she does good.
She is not a gentle hero, always leaning toward mercy like Steve Rogers. She can be aggressive, even vengeful, against those who wrong her and her friends, but always it is defense of the vulnerable and in pursuit of what is right. When her duties and loyalties clash it makes her uncomfortable when she cannot see what is right. When others cannot see it, she puts up a fight. She has a natural instinct toward good and she has always followed it, and she inspires others to do the same - where would Fitz and Simmons be, for example, if she hadn’t brought a little righteous rulebreaking into their lives?
Most heroes I see have a Deep Dark Secret. Their goodness springs from vengeance and pain. A few - eg. Diana Prince, and arguably, Steve Rogers -follow a mission larger than themselves. Daisy shares the best of these but to me, she follows a different path, a very human path that asks: if I don’t do good here, if I don’t show compassion here, if I don’t speak up here, who will? She lives one of my life’s mottos: start where you are, use what you have, do what you can. That’s why, to me, Daisy Johnson is the greatest hero around.
Well, its official, Halloween is over, so it’s basically christmas-time again :D In celebration of that, i made some revamps to my very first christmas sweater patterns, and put them up in my web store!
Here is another addition to my ‘Celebrate …!’ series, where I give a basic overview of each of the Sabbats and other witchy holidays. I make these posts as each of the Sabbats come along, and afterwards, I will start making posts on other less known witchy days. I know quite a few people do this on tumblr, but I hope that my personal take on each of the Sabbats can be helpful and interesting to some of you!
Yule is the feast of the Winter Solstice, and as such is celebrated on or around the 21st December in the Northern Hemisphere. It is also known as the Feast of Midwinter, or the Longest Night. Yule marks the time when the cold and darkness have their domain over the earth.
The name Yule has it’s origins in the Old Norse Jol, or the Old English Geol. Variations of the festival were celebrated by many Germanic and Scandinavian peoples throughout the Iron Age and Early Medieval period. With the advent of Christianity, aspects of the festival were amalgamated into the 12 days of Christmas (or Christmastide).
Yule to me is a festival of defiance. To hold a feast full of warmth, booze and amazingly excessive food in the middle of the freezing and dark winter when food supplies were getting low takes bravery. It was a feast of finding light and life in the cold and dark, so that tired souls could make it through to winter.
Yule is a time when the earth is sleeping, animals are hibernating and everything is in stasis - waiting for the sparks of spring to breathe life anew. That is, apart from the many of the gods and spirits, who are very busy during this time of year. For instance, Yule is a time when the Wild Hunt is making its’ procession across the sky, and the gods of Old Norse myths are feasting. Other winter deities, such as An Cailleach are at the height of their strength at this time. The Fair Folk are holding their Winter Court; and spirits roam the earth, attracted by the long dark nights. Yule is a time to keep the fires burning and the lights flickering, to ward off unwanted spirits and the darkness. It is also a time to give offerings to any deities, spirits and Fair Folk you may work with.
After Yule, the days will slowly get longer and the sun will grow higher in the sky. Whilst there are still much colder days ahead, we can look forward to the warming of days and welcoming spring back to the land. As such, as well as being good for protective magic, Yule is also a time for looking-forward, preparation and celebration of what is to come.
Things to do on Yule:
make a feast for yourself, friends and family - especially with savoury and rich foods
make mulled wine, cider or apple juice with cinnamon sticks, nutmeg, oranges and star anise
Perform a protection or warding spell to protect from the darkness and wandering spirits
The use of evergreens, pine cones, holly, mistletoe and berries.
Decorate a pine tree, or make a wreath from collected evergreens and hang it on your door for protection
Hang mistletoe by your door as a protective symbol
Light a fire or a Yule log, light candles or fairy lights
Decorate your altar in golds, dark greens, reds and berry colours
Cook with herbs, spices, berries and currants, chestnuts and anything rich or decadent
“This is the night of short-lived light, when gods themselves grow old.”
hey everyone! I really want to continue my Celebrate …! series, so even though it’s currently Mabon today I thought I’d still make a Celebrate Mabon! post. Apologies for the delay, but I just moved back to university this week and things have been hectic to say the least! These Celebrate …! posts give a basic overview of each of the Sabbats as they come along. I know quite a few people do this on tumblr, but I hope that my personal take on each of the Sabbats can be helpful and interesting to some of you.
Mabon, or the Autumn Equinox, is the second harvest festival on the wheel of the year. It is celebrated on the Autumn Equinox, around the 21st September in the Northern Hemisphere - or the 21st March in the Southern Hemisphere. The main themes of Mabon are celebrating the harvest, thanks-giving, and noticing the equal and balanced nature of light and dark during this time.
Mabon marks the first day of autumn, and after today the nights will grow longer and colder. It is the seperation point between the two halves of the year. The name Mabon refers to a figure from Welsh mythology and Arthurian legend, Mabon ap Modron. Autumn Equinox was given the name Mabon by Aiden Kelly in 1970.
Because Mabon marks the descent into autumn and colder weather, now is a brilliant time for spells with the themes of self-reflection, thanks-giving, altruism, balancing and grounding.
Simple things to do on Mabon:
Take time to pause and reflect on the year so far, write down what things have gone well, what things were disappointing, and what you can learn from each event
Perform a simple thanks-giving ritual
Think of those who are in need and have less than you, in what ways - practical and spiritual - can you help?
Perform balancing and grounding spells
Perform family focused magic
Decorate your altar or workspace with autumn leaves, conkers and acorns
Cook with warming spices such as cinnamon, as well as apples, pumpkins, squash
The use of red, brown and gold colours
Spending time with family, cooking a family meal
Use of amber, tigers eye, citrine, yellow aventurine
“When autumn gathers, the tree that the leaves sang, reddens dark slowly, then, suddenly free, turns like a key, opening air where they hang.” - Annie Finch