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The Cottage August/Mabon 2002

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September's Full Moon
 
 Moon Names: Harvest Moon, Wine Moon, Singing Moon,
Sturgeon Moon, Haligmonath (Holy Month), Witumanoth
(Wood Month), Moon When Deer Paw the Earth.
September was the seventh month in the oldest Roman
calendar. When other months were added to the seasonal
calendar, the name for some reason was never changed.
The Autumn Equinox was and is still celebrated by many
cultures around the world. This month is the last of
the reliable harvesting months in the Northern
Hemisphere. Life is beginning to wind down in
preparation for the dormant months that follow. The
energy flows from the Autumn Equinox through Winter
Solstice to the Spring Equinox are getting deeper,
more hidden. The Dark Moon deities, who represent the
Underworld, death, reincarnation, and deep spiritual
mysteries, now hold sway.
The Egyptian Ceremony of Lighting the Fire was a
general festival of lights for all the gods and
goddesses. Lamps of all kinds were set in front of
deity statues. They were also placed before the
statues of ancestors. The Egyptian deity Thoth was the
Lord of Holy Wards and inventor of the Four Laws of
Magick. Portrayed as ibis-headed, Thoth was a Moon
god. As Supreme Magus, or the Ultimate Magician, he
had control over the powers and attributes of the
Moon.

In the old Incan Empire, the Citua was held on the New
Moon nearest the Autumn Equinox. Everyone performed a
ritual cleansing, then smeared their faces with a
paste of ground maize (corn). There followed several
days of feasting and dancing. This was a Moon festival
in honor of Mama Quilla, the Moon goddess.

Correspondences

Nature Spirits: trooping faeries
Herbs: copal, fennel, rye, wheat, valerian, skullcap
Colours: brown, yellow-green, yellow
Flowers: narcissus, lily
Scents: storax, mastic, gardenia, bergamot
Stones: peridot, olivine, chrysolite, citrine
Trees: hazel, larch, bay
Animals: snake, jackal
Birds: ibis, sparrow
Deities: Demeter, Ceres, Isis, Nephthys, Freyja,
Ch'ang-O, Thoth
Power Flow: rest after labor; balance of Light and
Dark. Organize. Clean and straighten up physical,
mental, emotional and spiritual clutter.

Old Sayings & Lore

A verse: When the Moon is at the full, mushroom you
can safely pull. But when the Moon is on the wane, wit
ere you think to pluck again.
Sailors believed that if the Moon, in the first or
last quarter, lay in nearly a horizontal position with
the horns upward, the weather would be fine. Country
people say that the same type of Moon means good
weather for twenty eight days.
Country people said that the weather was more likely
to change at the four quarters of the Moon that at any
other time.
Rain is coming when the Moon has a halo around it or
when an outline can be seen between the horns of a
waxing or waning Moon.
One old legend says that on the Moon is everything
that was wasted on Earth: mis-spent time, squandered
wealth, broken vows, unanswered prayers, fruitless
tears, unfulfilled desires and intentions, etc.