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 centering. Balance is the keyword as Virgo season gives way to Libra.
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 shadow work on the inner planes. 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 readying ourselves for stronger connections to the Otherworlds and the Ancestors. This time is perfect to download and integrate what the summer season brought into your life and what is still to be harvested.
Our month is full of Goddess Holydays, as we honor the Feasts of the Orisha Goddesses, Yemaya and Oshun, rejoice in the celebrations of Ganesha and Vinayaki Chaturthi, plus an early Durga Puja, and, of course, welcome the blessings of the Fall Equinox. The Goddess Calendar is full of HolyDays, 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.
More coming for the Autumn Equinox! Make sure you are signed up for the Free Virtual Ritual Meditation Circle – The Descent of Persephone on September 23!
Happy New Moon (August 30) and Blessings of ALMOST AUTUMN to you all!
I had the absolute pleasure to connect with Tara Reynolds, Artist and Priestess, who has a NEW Goddess Deck – Priestess of the Goddess Oracle Deck. We did a fun podcast, the newest episode of Goddess Alive Radio Podcast. Listen to the podcast here
GODDESS NOTES & RESOURCES FOR ALMOST AUTUMN
Durga Puja – Nine Nights of the Divine Mother – Online Course with Laura Amazzone
Feast: Autumn & Winter Food Myth & Kitchen Magick with Kimberly Moore
Herbs for Thinning the Veil – Online Course with Leah Wolfe
Liberation: The Dance of Kali Ma – Online Course with Brandi Auset
Magickal Mabon – Online Course with Susan Harper
Queen of Herself: Goddess Persephone Activation Course with Brandi Auset & Kimberly Moore
Shaktis & Chakras: Lakshmi & the Heart Space with Kimi Marin & Allison Duckworth
The Witch’s Moon – Online Course with Renee Starr (registration closes 9/4/19)
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 2, 2019 – Ganesha Chaturthi – Happy Birthday to our Beloved Elephant-Headed God! (Online Course for Ganesha)
September 2, 2019 – Vinayaki Chaturthi – Happy Birthday to Vinayaki, the Heart of Ganesha!
September 2 – Festival of Ariadne in Cyprus
September 2 – 29 – Celtic Tree Month of Muin – Vine
September 4 – Day of Changing Woman
September 6, 2019 – Radha Ashtami (article on Radha)
September 7 – Feast Day of Orisha Goddess Yemaya – Mother of Oceans (Yemaya Online Course)
September 7 – Day of Marian Devotions
September 8 – Feast Day of Orisha Goddess Oshun – Mother of the Sweet Waters (Oshun Online Course)
September 8 – Nativity of Theotokos – Mother Mary
September 8 – Descent of the Holy Sophia in Gnostic Traditions
September 8 – Tara Day (Free Archive Tara Meditation Circle)
September 10, 2019 – Bhuvaneshwari Jayanti
September 10 – Marie Laveau’s Birthday
September 11 – Remembrance Day – Honoring Lady Liberty
September 13 – Ancient Roman Banquet of Venus
September 13 – Runic Half Month of Kenaz (Torch)
September 14, 2019 – FULL MOON IN PISCES 12:33am eastern
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 17 – Feast of the Greek Goddess Demeter
September 18, 2019 – Saturn Stations Direct
September 18 – Feast of Ceres in Ancient Rome
September 21 – Feast of the Greek Goddess Athena
September 21 – International Day of Peace
September 22 – Feast Day of Morgan Le Fay (according to an old Breton Saint Day)
September 23, 2019 – Autumn Equinox – Sun enters Libra at 3:50am eastern time (FREE VIRTUAL MEDITATION CIRCLE – THE DESCENT OF PERSEPHONE)
September 23, 2019 – Pagan Sabbat of Mabon (Magickal Mabon Online Course)
September 23 – Estimation of the Beginning of the Eleusinian Mysteries (Demeter and Persephone)
September 24 – Feast Day of Our Lady of Mercy who syncretizes to the Orisha Obatala
September 25 – Celebration of the Greek Horae
September 25 – Day of the Inuit Goddess Sedna
September 27 – Feast of Stella Maris who syncretizes to the 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, 2019 – NEW MOON IN LIBRA at 2:26pm eastern
September 28 – Runic Half Month of Gebo (Gift)
September 28 – Feast Day of the Greek Goddess Demeter
September 29 – October 8, 2019 – Navaratri, DURGA PUJA (Nine Nights of the Divine Mother Online Course)
September 29 – Michaelmas – Feast Day of the Archangel Michael
September 29 – October 1, 2019 – Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year)
September 30 – Celebration of the Goddess Meditrina, Roman Goddess of Wine and Health
September 30 – October 27 – Celtic Tree Month of Gort – Ivy
BLESSINGS UPON BLESSINGS FOR YOUR SEASON!