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Term: Autumn Equinox


Autumn Equinox: The second time in a year when the period of daylight and night are equal, it occurs between September 19 and 24. Pagan names for this holiday include Harvest Home and the popular Mabon, a term coined by Aiden Kelly in the 1970s. It marks the completion of the harvest and is a type of Thanksgiving. It also marks the time to begin preparing for Samhain.


Precession of the Equinoxes
A slow shift in the positions of the Earthís axis relative to the sun and the fixed stars, precession is the source of a great deal of myth, speculation, and esoteric theory. The Earthís axis is tilted at an angle of just over twenty-three degrees ...
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Mabon Ritual
Setup Items for this ritual include: Two brown or yellow candles for the altar; Chalice; A basket of apples; enough for the circle boundary (they need not touch each other); Three additional apples; A sharp knife to cut the apples; Several gourds; ...
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Review of the Celtic Oracle
Summary: The twenty-two oversized cards of the Celtic Oracle provide both an excellent divination tool as well as an introduction to Celtic studies. It elegantly combines Celtic astrology with the Ogham (or Celtic alphabet) and tree symbolism ...
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The Sabbats
The Sabbats are a combination of solar and earthly celebrations. The daily cycle of the sun and the seasons of the earth determined the rhythms of activity for our ancestors. They lived close to the land and on an everyday basis observed its subtle ...
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OSTARA is the Scandinavian goddess of spring who symbolized the rebirth of Nature. During her festival it was the Pagan custom to exchange colored eggs as symbols of renewal. Her sacred animal was the hare. Many modern Wiccans point to the festival ...
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Review of Initiatory Tarot of the Golden Dawn
Summary: Although it doesnít live up to its name as the Initiatory Tarot of the Golden Dawn, the brilliance of the art and the deckís adherence to the concepts of the Golden Dawn make this the ultimate deck for doing readings according to the ...
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Carl Llewellyn WeschckeóFather of the New Age
The New Age has been defined as the "Name for a movement covering a wide variety of practices that were alternative to traditional Western practices, although many have become normative. Included concepts are holistic thinking, mysticism, ...
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Aleister Crowley
(Edward Alexander Crowley) English writer, occultist, Antichrist, and self-proclaimed messiah of the New Aeon, 1875-1947. Easily the most controversial figure in the recent history of Western occultism, Crowley was born into the Plymouth Brethren, a ...
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Imbolg Ritual
Setup The items needed for this ritual include: Six green candles for the altar; Enough candles to place at the perimeter of your circle; A white altar cloth (white is the predominant color to symbolize winterís hold, with the green candles ...
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What is the Aquarian Age?
The Aquarian Age is the zodiacal age of approximately 2,150 years length subsequent to the Piscean Age. The "spirit" of these Ages is characterized by the symbolism and general astrological characteristics of the zodiacal sign. The Piscean Age, ...
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