Autumn...my most favorite time of year.Where Summer usually leaves my lethargic withit's overbearing heat, Autumn always fillsme with vitality and energy.I revel in the merry dance of trees changingtheir dancing gowns and leaves doing their merry dancein the soft, crisp winds
.Nathaniel Hawthorne echoed how I feel when he said,
"I cannot endure to waste anything as precious as
autumn sunshine by staying in the house. So I spend almost all
the daylight hours in the open air."So here we are at our beloved Wishcasting Wednesday andJamie asks 'What do you wish for Fall?'
I wish to continue our nature walks
and observe the beauty of all around us.
I wish to encourage my son by bringing
some of that beauty in like we have on our
I wish to enjoy apple picking, corn mazes
and pumpkin patches with him and the rest
of my clan.
I wish to preserve some of that goodness in the form of apple sauce, corn relish
and pureed pumpkin for breads and pies as the days grow colder and the nights
And as the nights grow longer, I wish to create more ecourse and goodies to
connect to people through the dark days of winter.
In my part of the world it's Autumn harvest festival season
My sweet little town had their weekend festival set up with rides,
artists sharing their wares, entertainment and food...
you know the food that is so bad for you
the only way you can get away with eating it is to
walk around with it?
Several days ago, my son and I decided to collect some
leaves, nuts and seeds to add to our nature table.
We laid out our goodies and thought no more of it.
Imagine our surprise when we noticed we had
some new friends move in with the leaves!
These fine fellows are named Pip and Pebble.
They must have been mixed up in the leaves we
brought into our home. They told us they are
gnomes who live in the deep in the earth and
near old trees. They help take care of nature
and only appear to people who's hearts of full
They've decided to stay for a while, provided we keep them informed about the changes
happening in outside every day.
Perhaps they'll share their stories with us all if we take the time to listen...
Today is the day I offer you some of my favorites songs and videos that have fed my spirit and filled my soul. Soul Food. I hope it feeds your spirit too.
Acknowledging the things done, and left undone.
Seeing what still needs tending through the coming winter months
and what has run it's course.
Mabon (the Autumnial Equniox) is a time of "balance" days and nights.
We come out of the busy outward focused time of summer
and start the journey inward by honoring our personal
For me, this time always seems like an in breath before the
busy-ness of the holiday season starts to get underway.
On a personal level, I use this time for honoring my journey through
the past few months and taking a look ahead to set some new intentions
for what qualities I want to nurture to help me balance on my inward winter journey.
This will be the first year I formally celebrate with my son. He will get to light the candle during ritual and lead some Autumn songs.
Since first harvest, we've been going on daily nature walks, observing the changes in the behavior of the geese and ducks in our neighborhood pond, watching the trees, learning their names and picking out our favorites.
Today we'll be making seed cakes
and taking some around to those trees to hang for the birds
(we'll save some for the winter months).
And if the weather continues to be nice, we'll end the day by going to the County Fair to see what other people have harvested during the year and to celebrate with rides and funnel cake!
So here we are darlings back for another Wishcasting and Jamie asks the question
What do you wish to immerse yourself in?
This week the answer is simple.
I wish to immerse myself in a great book.
The kind that I can't stop reading until I get
to the end of the chapter and then look up and
realize it's 5 am and I have to be up by 7 in the morning.
I read tons of stuff...or at least listen to unabridged audiobooks a lot
thus keeping my hands free for knitting projects....totally counts
as reading, right?
Of course it does!
And though I've nearly reached my goal reading/listening to 40 books
this year, I've not been completely absorbed by any of the books I've
The books have been good and very enjoyable, but they haven't
created epic worlds in my mind that I didn't want to leave.
It's been a while since I've been that way with any book
the last time I remember was with the last 'Harry Potter' book.
Not that I'm looking to get into an epic series....just a really engrossing
According to the book The Four Agreements, we are a magicians.
As I pay attention to the way I speak about myself and others
I believe this to be true.
I hear us casting spells for good or evil on ourselves and others all the time.
And once cast, I see us acting out the spells.
Each time we speak of ourselves or others with love, respect and compassion, we are casting blessing spells.
But when we speak with malice, disrespect and callousness, we are casting cursing spells.
And because we aren't mindful of the way we speak to ourselves, it becomes that much easier to speak thoughtlessly of others.
Just as a stage magician might say 'Abracadabra' or 'Hocus Pocus' to effect the magical transformation, we use a few magic words as well; 'I am' or the shortened 'I'm'.
How many times do you say:
I'm so (crazy, silly, stupid, lazy, scatterbrained, etc.)?
These are curses that keep us trapped and down in the dumps.
We act on these spells by continuing to be crazy, silly, stupid, lazy, etc.
How many times do you say:
I'm so (loving, knowledgeable, motivated, focused, etc.)?
These are blessings that lift us up.
We act on these spells by continuing to be loving, knowledgeable, focused, etc.
Each time we carelessly use our 'I am' spell, we are like the sorceress' apprentice using tools too powerful for us to control.
But when we consciously choose our words, we increase our inner power and come closer to being our highest self. We become the sorceress!
I think it's important to notice the way we are speaking about ourselves because
it contributes to the drain of self love energy.
So today, I invite you to gain control over the power of your 'I am' spell.
When you catch yourself using cursing spells on yourself, pause and cast blessing spell instead.