Altar of the West
a cobalt bowl
brimming with water
a necklace of sequins
or mermaid scales
a velvet pouch
heavy with coins
a black mirror
framed with shell
amber perfumed oil
redolent of spices
a brass trident
a golden salter
two silver chalices
a crystal vial of tears
~ Patricia Monaghan, Seasons of the Witch
September is a time of transitions and a return to balance … Goddess is preparing to shed the heavy fruits of the summer harvest and step into the release of Autumn. Our fiery Goddesses of summer are shifting to the cooler, more contemplative Goddesses of Autumn and the Dark Mothers. She is a bit languid now, drawing energy from the last days of summer in preparation for Her journey down, down into the Underworld, through the gates of initiation. We also know that she will inevitably rise. The descent is acknowledged outwardly as the change of seasons and inwardly as our personal work on the inner planes and the thinning of the veils. For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, night is already coming a bit earlier and shadows stretch a bit longer.
To celebrate the upcoming season, I would like to invite you to join our FREE Feast of the Sacred Waters Telesummit beginning on September 7 and lasting through 9/11. It is all accessible virtually through Mystery School of the Goddess and includes interviews with Priestesses and Practitioners on all aspects of Water. We enter the Feast of Sacred Waters through the gates of the Orisha Goddesses Yemaya and Oshun and celebrate a myriad of Goddesses of Sacred Waters and practices that place us in the elemental flow of the force of Water. Sign up here – all content will be available through August 2018 so you can take your time in listening.
Our month is full of festivals and celebrations from the Feast Days to the Orisha Goddesses, Yemaya and Oshun, to an early Navratri, Nine Nights of the Divine Mother, and then Fall Equinox, this season is going to be busy and blessed!. The Goddess Calendar is full of celebrations, opportunities to know Goddess more deeply, and reasons to gather in community.
New Fall courses are open on Mystery School of the Goddess and more will be added in the upcoming weeks.
Goddess Full Moon Group is celebrating the living Hindu Goddess Ganga this month!
Have you seen the NEW MotherHouse Goddess Shop? We have left Etsy and invite you to come over and browse. New items are being added daily as we populate our new site! Looking for something that you don’t see? Drop me a note!
Welcome September and all the blessings that it brings you!
Rhythms Autumn Journal – Season of the Witch is open and ready to lead you through seasonal Goddess celebrations, practices, and ideas for ritual over the next few months.
September 2 – Festival of Ariadne in Cyprus
September 2, 2017 – Happy Birthday to the Hindu Goddess Bhuvaneshwari!
September 5, 2017 – Mercury Stations Direct (PHEW!)
September 5, 2017 – Zhongyuan: Hungry Ghost Festival in China
September 6, 2017 – FULL MOON IN PISCES at 3:03am eastern – Join Goddess Full Moon Group free
September 7, 2017 – Feast of the Sacred Waters Telesummit begins! Sign up for free here
September 8 – Feast Day of Orisha Goddess Oshun – Mother of the Fresh Waters (Santeria, Lukumi, Afro-Caribbean traditions)
September 8 – Nativity of Theotokos – Mother Mary
September 8 – Descent of the Holy Sophia in Gnostic Traditions
September 10 – Marie Laveau’s Birthday
September 11 – Remembrance Day – Honoring Lady Liberty
September 13, 2017 – Kali Mahavidy Jayanti
September 13 – Ancient Roman Banquet of Venus
September 15 – Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows (Catholic – She syncretizes to Erzulie Freda, a Vodoun loa)
September 17 – Birthday of Hildegard Von Bingen – Christian Mystic, Benedictine Abbess
September 18 – Feast of Ceres in Ancient Rome
September 20, 2017 – NEW MOON IN VIRGO at 1:30am eastern
September 20, 2017 – Rosh Hashanah begins at sundown
September 21, 2017 – NAVRATRI begins and ends September 30 – Durga Puja – Nine Nights of the Divine Mother
September 22, 2017 – Autumn Equinox – Sun enters Libra at 4:02pm eastern time
September 22, 2017 – Pagan Sabbat of Mabon
September 23 – Estimation of the Beginning of the Eleusinian Mysteries (Demeter and Persephone)
September 27 – Feast of Our Lady of Stella Maris (syncretizes to Orisha Goddess Yemaya)
September 27 – Day of Willows, Mesopotamian Festival of Goddess Astarte
September 28, 2017 – Durga Ashtami – one of the most auspicious days of the 10 day Durga Puja (Navratri)
September 28, 2017 – Pluto stations direct
September 29, 2017 – Yom Kippur begins at sundown
September 30 – Celebration of the Goddess Meditrina (Roman Goddess of Wine and Health)
For extended practices and information on the Goddess Calendar, sign up for Rhythms of the Goddess!