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Crystal of the Week – Mahogany Obsidian September 22, 2009

I chose this Crystal of the Week with Mabon in mind – Blessed Mabon to you all!!! (For information about Mabon, please see the entry Mabon 2009 (The Autumnal Equinox) which was posted on 9-18-09.)

Mahogany Obsidian is an interesting stone that lends a variety of properties when used.  Even during periods when I am not actively working with it, I enjoy picking up my piece of Mahogany Obsidian to feel what energy is coming from it that day.  Mahogany Obsidian always gives off the aspect of its energy that the user most needs (or perhaps we unconsciously draw the aspect we most need from the stone?)

There are really three main components that I feel make Mahogany Obsidian such a diverse stone.

Fire – Like all obsidian, mahogany obsidian was formed from lava.  The Fire component of this stone gives it energy, vitality, inspiration and passion.  It also engenders courage and confidence in the user.

Iron – This form of obsidian gets its red-brown mahogany coloring from iron particles that were trapped as the lava cooled.  The iron enables this stone to give the user strength, determination and conviction.  As the fire aspect helps the user have inspiration and courage, the iron aspect then helps in maintaining that courage and ensures the user’s strength of will.

Earth – Although the iron technically makes up the “earth” part, I wanted to talk about the rock aspect itself.  Mahogany obsidian can just give off a very earthy vibe!  It’s great.  Really grounding and stabilizing.  It’s like the last part of this amazing triple action team!  After the fire sparks inspiration/courage/passion the iron maintains/strengthens it, and then the earth ground and stabilizes everything.  How awesome is that!?!  The earth properties also give mahogany obsidian excellent protection energy.

I realized one day that I had been overlooking other really obvious elemental connections:

WATER and AIR – There is always a certain amount of water content included.  Sometimes the water bubbles are visible to the naked eye in certain forms of obsidian.  But even if they aren’t, they can usually be spotted easily with a microscope.  Water lends the mahogany obsidian emotional balance.

And of course the lava is cooled by air.  Air gives the stone the properties of communication and clear thinking.

So overall this is a great stone!  Fire and Earth are the strongest energies in Mahogany obsidian, but all the elements harmonize together to help the user in multiple ways.

I encourage you to use Mahogany Obsidian as a way to do a daily “Self-reflection.”  Sit quietly with your mahogany obsidian and see what aspect/element reaches out to you most strongly.  Write down your observations and see how it changes over the course of about two weeks (or whatever length of time works for you.  You can also try doing it once a week and just make sure you do it for about 8 weeks, if you don’t have time to do it daily).  Did the obsidian share more of its Iron aspect with you?  Or perhaps you received grounding energy?  Or a boost of energy?  Make a note of any messages, thoughts and energy shifts that happen when working with mahogany obsidian.  Going back and reading your daily reflections will help you see patterns that might point out areas you need to work on.

Properties:  Strength, Courage, Grounding, Protection, Willpower, Self-reflection

I enjoy posting this as the Crystal of the Week on Mabon since it has such a balance of elements within itself, and Mabon is a time of balance.  It also reflects the “harvesting” idea in a nice way.  After the action of the lava bubbling up and cooling (which reflects the summer months of growth), the rock is harvested with all its wonderful properties solidified (which resonates with the completion of goals and reaping of blessings that occurs at the end of harvest time).  Plus, the stone itself is a pretty autumn color!

Enjoy!  And again, Blessed Mabon!


Mabon 2009 (The Autumnal Equinox) September 18, 2009

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Ahhh, autumn is upon us and it’s time to celebrate the progression of the seasons!  Tuesday, September 22, 2009 is Mabon, also known as the Autumnal Equinox.

Mabon is a Sabbat, a day when we celebrate Nature’s cycle of progression.  There are eight Sabbats which make up the Wheel of the Year.

Our ties to the cycles of Earth can be roughly placed into four categories: Planting, Growing, Harvesting, and Planning.  The Sabbats represent the start of these phases, and their midway points throughout the year.

Wheel of the Year

Mabon is a Sabbat of the harvest time.  The last of the harvest is traditionally completed during this period, making Mabon a day to reflect on all that you have achieved, or harvested, in your life.  Be sure to give thanks for all that you have been blessed with.

Mabon is when day and night are of equal length.  (Mabon’s counterpoint is Ostara, or the Spring Equinox – the only other day of the year when day and night are equal).  The Earth reaches a perfect balancing point of experiencing Light and Dark.  This is a powerful time to achieve balance in your own life.  Take time to give thanks and then reflect on the things you need to bring into balance.

One of the things I most look forward to during the year is watching the sun set on Mabon.  On this Sabbat the sun sets directly in the west!  (Because of the Earths rotation during the course of the year, the sun doesn’t actually set directly in the West like it will on Mabon!)

Seeing the day actually shift into night, and knowing that it is equal, creates a profound sense of balance and connectedness.

I absolutely love gathering with my friends and preparing to watch the sunset together.  It’s even better if you have autumn season foods to snack on – apples, apple pies, corn bread, anything with cinnamon (yummy!) and so on.  Use appropriate Mabon colors to decorate with such as brown, orange and red.    Even if you are not doing a big ceremony, it’s still fun to decorate, eat and be with your friends on a Sabbat!

A small ritual you can do together (or on your own!) is to pour a drink such as apple juice, wine, or even water into a single cup (a chalice if you have one).  Take turns passing the cup around and as it gets to each person, say one thing you are abundantly grateful to have harvested into your life.  In this way you are blessing the liquid with your gratitude.  When everyone has given their thanks, pour the liquid onto the Earth so she can absorb your thanks for all she has given you.

Another ritual you can do on Mabon is a Self Balancing ritual.  I like to use two candles – one white and one black – in order to represent the equal day and night.  You can write down a list of things you need to bring into balance, and then burn the paper in the candle flames (be careful and have water nearby!).  Or you can just stare at the flames and let them help bring you into a meditation where you journey inward to achieve balance.  Whatever you feel moved to do!  It can be as simple as writing in your journal!

Mabon is the final Sabbat of the Wheel of the year, a time of culmination.  In October we celebrate Samhain (Halloween).  Samhain is a time of simultaneous beginnings and endings, when the veils between the worlds are thinnest.  Samhain is called the Witches New Year, and I see it almost as the Void before the birth of the God at Yule.  It is when Yule comes around that rebirth really starts to happen.

But we will talk more about Samhain in October.  For now…Blessed Mabon!!!

What are your Mabon plans?


September Full Moon – the Corn Moon September 4, 2009

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“Summer ends, and Autumn comes, and he who would have it otherwise would have high tide always and a full moon every night.” ~Hal Borland

Well luckily for us tonight IS a full moon!  There is something truly magical about seeing the moon hover in the sky and glow with a gentle brilliance.  It is beautiful in every phase – a delicate sliver when it is reborn as the new moon, a waxing and waning crescent, and it’s most stunning form as a full shining orb.

The moon is most often associated with the feminine, while the sun is regarded as the masculine aspect. (There are always exceptions however!  Just think of Amaterasu, a Shinto kami – spirit/deity – who is the goddess of the Sun).  Working with the moon is a perfect way to connect with your Divine Feminine (regardless of your gender).  I like to take a few minutes to go outside and gaze up at the moon.  As her light hits my skin, I breathe in the energy and feel my intuition expand and my emotions calm.  A subtle joy fills me.  All is well.

The Moon is a wonderful teacher; her phases remind us to pay attention to the different phases we experience in our own lives.  When the moon is full it is an excellent time to give our goals an extra “push” since the energy is at it’s pinnacle.  The full moon increases our intuition and psychic abilities, bringing things into greater illumination.  I’ve found that it is easier for me to go into deep meditations during this time.  I also have very clear tarot readings (especially if I use a goddess tarot or oracle deck).

It’s also helpful to take an inventory of your life (since the full moon brings clarity) and see what has grown into fruition, and in turn, what needs to be released when the moon begins to wane.  The full moon is also a powerful time for manifestation, so go ahead and visualize your life as being full and abundant in all aspects!

Every full moon has a special energy to it.  Various cultures have named each month’s full moon, and you can use this as a guide. In the lovely month of September, it is called the Full Corn Moon (thank you, Farmers Almanac) since this is the time of year when the corn is harvested.  In neo-pagan traditions the September moon is called the Full Barley Moon.  (Are these food names making anyone else hungry?).  Well anyway, I’ve found that the September full moon is especially powerful as it really brings the abundance of summer to a nice culmination.  It’s time to harvest all the blessings that grew over the past couple months, and make room for the new season.

I like that the Full Moon falls so early in September this year.   Later this month we have the sabbat of Mabon (also known as the Autumnal Equinox) to look forward to.  Mabon is a powerful day to bring balance into our lives.  (I will be posting more information about Mabon soon, so be sure to check back!)

So enjoy harvesting the blessings and lessons of the full moon and the preceding months, and then get ready to bring it all into balance later in September on the Equinox!  It is going to be a beautiful lineup!

What do you enjoy most about the Full Moon?  Share with our other readers by posting below!