Hera Alone on the Mountain by Patricia Monaghan
From this height I can see
everything. I watch the day
recede, I watch the light
fade into red, I watch
the brown leaves fall to earth.
It is time to strip to the bone.
Time to measure the worth
of each moment, to catch
the last ones left before night.
Soon enough red fades to gray.
Soon enough we cease to be.
Look there: An eagle rises
as the first star gleams.
Now listen: Far away
an owl’s deep moaning song
cuts through the chilling air.
I am standing here alone.
Standing, head back, breasts bare
to the wind. I belong
to the earth now, the sky,
to myself and to my dreams,
with no masks left, no disguises.
You who would love me now
beware. I am all fire
and blood. I have no time
for those who cannot feel
the way through flesh to soul.
My life is now half-gone.
But each night left is whole.
Each day can now reveal
how life is most sublime
when fastened to desire.
From here, all time is now.
~ From Seasons of the Witch
September is at once a time of transitions and a return to balance. Goddess is preparing to shed the heavy fruits of the summer harvest and embrace the release of Autumn. 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.
Our fiery Goddesses of summer are shifting to the cooler, more contemplative Goddesses of Autumn and the Dark Mothers. We are preparing for stronger connections to the Otherworlds and the Ancestors. For me, the veils seem very thin, very early this year! We are also on the other side of the intense summer eclipse season and this time is perfect to download and integrate what the eclipse energies brought into your life and what they took away.
Our month is full of Goddess Holydays, as we honor the Feasts of the Orisha Goddesses, Yemaya and Oshun, open to an abundance of Shakti Goddess birthdays and Ganesha Chaturthi, and, of course, welcome the blessings of the Fall Equinox. The Goddess Calendar is full of celebrations, opportunities to know Goddess more deeply, and reasons to gather in community. To dive deep into the season and Holydays, sign up for Rhythms of the Goddess – Season of the Witch.
New Fall courses are open on Mystery School of the Goddess and more will be added in the upcoming weeks.
And don’t miss our weekly Crystal Flash Sales in the MotherHouse of the Goddess Facebook Group!
Blessings of ALMOST AUTUMN to you all!
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. Join for just Autumn or join annually and get a season free!
September 1 – Day of Marian Devotions
September 2 – Festival of Ariadne in Cyprus
September 2 – 29– Celtic Tree Month of Muin – Vine
September 3, 2018 – Adya Kali Jayanti – Happy Birthday to the Goddess Kali!
September 3, 2018 – Krishna Jayanti – Happy Birthday to Krishna, Beloved of Radha!
September 6, 2018 – Saturn Stations Direct
September 7 – Feast Day of Orisha Goddess Yemaya – Mother of Oceans (Santeria, Lukumi, Afro-Caribbean traditions)
September 8 – Feast Day of Orisha Goddess Oshun – Mother of the Sweet Waters (Santeria, Lukumi, Afro-Caribbean traditions)
September 8 – Nativity of Theotokos – Mother Mary
September 8 – Descent of the Holy Sophia in Gnostic Traditions
September 8 – Tara Day
September 9, 2018 – NEW MOON IN VIRGO at 2:01pm eastern
September 9 – 11, 2018 – Rosh Hashanah begins at sundown
September 10 – Marie Laveau’s Birthday
September 11 – Remembrance Day – Honoring Lady Liberty
September 13 – 23, 2018 – Ganesha Chaturthi – HAPPY BIRTHDAY, GANESHA! Join the Ganesha Altar Blessing on 9/13
September 13, 2018 – Vinayaki Chaturthi – Happy Birthday to Vinayaki, the Heart of Ganesha!
September 13 – Ancient Roman Banquet of Venus
September 13 – Runic Half Month of Kenaz (Torch)
September 15 – Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows (Catholic – She syncretizes to Erzulie Freda, a Vodoun loa)
September 17, 2018 – Radha Ashtami – Celebration of the Hindu Goddess Radha
September 17 – Birthday of Hildegard Von Bingen – Christian Mystic, Benedictine Abbess
September 18 – Feast of Ceres in Ancient Rome
September 18, 2018 – Yom Kippur begins at sundown
September 21, 2018 – Happy Birthday to the Hindu Goddess Bhuvaneshwari!
September 21 – International Day of Peace
September 22, 2018 – Autumn Equinox – Sun enters Libra at 9:45pm eastern time
September 22, 2018 – Pagan Sabbat of Mabon
September 22 – Feast Day of Morgan Le Fay (according to an old Breton Saint Day)
September 23 – Estimation of the Beginning of the Eleusinian Mysteries (Demeter and Persephone)
September 24, 2018 – Full Moon in Aries at 10:52pm
September 24 – Feast Day of Our Lady of Mercy who syncretizes to the Orisha Obatala (Santeria, Lukumi, Afro-Caribbean traditions)
September 27 – Feast of Our Lady of Stella Maris (syncretizes to Orisha Goddess Yemaya)
September 27 – Feast Day of Ibeji, the Divine Twins (Santeria, Lukumi, Afro-Caribbean traditions)
September 27 – Happy Birthday to Amma, the Hugging Mother!
September 27 – Day of Willows, Mesopotamian Festival of Goddess Astarte
September 28 – Runic Half Month of Gebo (Gift)
September 29 – Michaelmas – Feast Day of the Archangel Michael
September 30 – Celebration of the Goddess Meditrina (Roman Goddess of Wine and Health)
September 30 – October 27 – Celtic Tree Month of Gort – Ivy
New Courses and Courses for the Season!
Aphrodite Altar Blessing with Brandi Auset on 8/31
Discovering Brigit – Goddess and Saint with Mael Brigde
Durga Puja 2018 – Nine Nights of the Divine Mother with Laura Amazzone – begins 10/10!
Ganesha Altar Blessing on 9/13 with Kimberly Moore & Brandi Auset
Goddess Circle Study Group with Dr. Susan Harper
Goddess Ix Chel Ritual Meditation and Activation with Kimberly Moore
Healing with the Goddess – Myth, Medicine, & Mystery for Awakening with Katherine Skaggs
Hoodoo for Your Wallet – How to Make a Money Lamp with Angela Grace – register anytime!
In the Lap of the Lioness – Goddess Sekhmet Activation with Anne Key
Learn to Teach Online with Renee Starr – special discounts if registered before 9/1!
Magickal Mabon – Getting to Know the Autumn Equinox with Dr. Susan Harper
Manifest with the Moon with Gail Jessen – perfect for New Moon!
Order of Melchizidek Level One Training with Lauri Ann Lumby – Now Open!
Red Tent Initiation Program with Molly Remer – enrollment open!
Rhythms of the Goddess – Season of the Witch starts 9/1