In the Northern hemisphere the days are getting shorter and there is a chill in the air. The fiery hues of Autumn decorate the trees. We have processed the fruits, vegetables and herbs of the last harvest of the year to sustain us through the Winter.
Samhain is the beginning of the old Celtic new year. The Crone Goddess watches over this night as the spirits of departed loved ones visit the earthly plane. With a bright candle to light their way, food is served for the spirit visitors. Halloween is the modern adaptation of this ancient celebration.
A Celtic Crone Goddess, Cerridwen presides over the Cauldron of Knowledge, the contents of which must brew for a year and a day. She is known to shape-shift in the form of a sow.
Cerridwen creates the potion of knowledge which brews for a year and a day in her magick cauldron. A few drops of the potion and one gains all wisdom including the ability to see into the past and the future. Legend says that Cerridwen asked her servant, Gwion, to watch over the cauldron. Some of the potion splashed on his fingers which he licked without thinking. He immediately possessed all knowledge and ran away. Cerridwen pursued him as he shapeshifted into many forms, lastly becoming a small grain. Cerridwen changed into a hen, consumed the grain and became pregnant, giving birth to the great bard, Taliesin.
The origin of the witch stirring her cauldron of brew is most likely the image of Cerridwen.
Book Review – Begging the QuestionPoems on OCD & Depression
I did not know much about OCD so reading this book was a very illuminating experience. Through exquisitely crafted poetry Mr Jellico takes the reader on his bewildering journey of OCD and depression. For those suffering and coping with these debilitating symptoms you will recognise and relate. And know you are not alone! For those not directly affected, you will be given in-depth insights about OCD, a disorder that is too often misunderstood and misdiagnosed. The poem “Begging the Question” deftly illustrates common misconceptions. “Supermarket OCD Avalanche” describes a veritable minefield of thoughts during a trip to the market. There are poignant poems in which the author thinks about his life before knowing the OCD diagnosis as well as hopes and dreams. And poems about the daily struggle to maintain a calm persona despite the war of thoughts raging inside.
The author has also included extremely detailed appendices to enable the reader to understand various terms associated with OCD including Pure O. He adroitly illustrates occurrences from the sufferer’s viewpoint and daily management of the disorder by telling his personal story. There is also an edifying section that describes the traumatic navigation of convoluted healthcare and benefits systems that prescribe a one-size-fits-all regime for a disorder that is not well understood as well as the role played by pharmaceutical conglomerates.
I was captivated by the poetry that runs the gamut from despair to victorious. The poetry is both heartfelt and heart-breaking. The intense emotion and evocative imagery are profound. And the author’s voice comes through loud and clear as a survivor. Highly recommended to everyone who is affected by OCD, anyone who desires to know more, and a must-read for mental health professionals.
Here is the link to Sherwyn Jellico’s website and Amazon:
If you were given the opportunity to ride in a helicopter would go? Yes, but only if I had plenty of airsickness tablets. Otherwise it would be very unpleasant for the other passengers.
What are some of your favorite type of proteins to eat? (meat, seafood, eggs, soy, cheese, nuts) My favourites would be shrimp and lobster. But those are so expensive I usually have chicken.
What would be your preference, awake before dawn, at dawn, or awake before noon? There is nothing that important that requires my presence before or at dawn. And noon is much too late to get anything done. I wake up at 7 or 7:30.
What inspired you or what did you appreciate this past week? I had a bit of a hellish week so I’m happy it’s in the past.
Druid Tree Lore – Celtic Lunar Astrology
30th September – 27th October
About Druid Tree Lore and Celtic Lunar Astrology
People have been marking the passage of time by the phases of the moon for millennia. Although it is impossible to say for certain because the lore and traditions were not written, many historians believe that both the Celts and Druids used a 13 month lunar calendar. The months and symbols differ from the solar calendar with which most of us are familiar. Druidic horoscopes are often mentioned in legends.
Trees have long been a source of sacred folklore with each chosen to represent the months and having its own magickal properties. The Ogham symbols may have been devised by ancient Druids. As several of the symbols refer to trees, the ogham alphabet is often called the Tree Alphabet. These symbols are included next to the tree names which are shown in both English and Old Irish. The animal symbols are my interpretation based on various sources. The ruling planets of each sign are also noted. The information provided here is an introduction to the wealth of knowledge concerning Druid teachings and Celtic lore.
See the entire collection of zodiac signs here or on my website, MagickMermaid (Studio tab at the top of the page).
The days are noticeably shorter and there is a chill in the night air in the Northern hemisphere. Some of the trees are beginning to don their Autumn colours. The GreenMan, a symbol of green and growing plants, is all dressed up for Fall as we approach the dark season of the year.
Mabon is the second harvest festival of the year, occurring on the 21st or 22nd of September. The apple and grape harvests are celebrated. Vegetables, fruits and herbs are ready to be picked and preserved for the coming Winter.
A time for giving thanks! And also a time to evaluate the progress made on goals set earlier in the year. Did everything work out as planned?