I've been away for two days at a Wise Women's Weekend, two towns over. It was a wonderful time and a much needed break. I spent my weekend taking classes like: The Celtic Wheel of the Year (I know about the Sabbats - but the teacher is a friend of mine from Ireland, so it was great to hear how her ancestors celebrated,) Using Your Intuition, Shamanic Journeying, Healing Crystal Meditation, and Goddess Art. I also managed to get a healing session and a tarot reading in! I feel wonderful, and have gained a bit of wisdom in regards to what parts of my life I need to work on.
This evening I worked on my Mabon altar and made some incense for the Sabbat. I tried something different this time, as I picked up some copals and herbs at the Festival store. Here is my simple recipe:
3 parts Mandrake (root needs to be ground as much as possible - it's tough stuff!)
**Mandrake is for protection, money & health.
2 parts Rue (of course!)
**Rue is for healing, getting rid of negativity, and moving in a positive direction.
2 parts Sandlewood
**Sandlewood is for good luck, protection, and success.
Since my Mabon ritual is about health and abundance, this incense will work beautifully - plus, it smells amazing!
I hope you are all feeling the blessings of Autumn and these few days of balance, as we sit on the verge of the Equinox. It really is a wonderful time to reflect, enjoy the bounty of our gardens, and look ahead to the darker season yet to come.
This is one of the Celtic blessings my friend shared with me this weekend:
"May the nourishment of the earth be yours, may the clarity of light be yours, may the fluency of the ocean be yours, may the protection of the ancestors be yours."
Picture found here.