HAPPY EQUINOX!

Ben3rdEye Sep 21, 2004

  1. Ben3rdEye

    Ben3rdEye toe-jamm

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    Ok equal day and equal night.
    Sunny side up we are in Spring and the flowers are smiling the bees are buying into the nectar and I see the swallows have mostly all arrived!

    Mmmm

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    martin_e Pantheistic Cyberneticist

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    And from the other Hemisphere ... here's a copy of my Equinox mail to friends and loved ones ...

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    Happy Equinox,

    The cycle of the year continues. Today the sunshine hours are equal to
    the hours of darkness, a moment of the seasons which has been
    celebrated for as long as there is a known history of the human race.
    This time is associated with celebration of the harvest and
    preparation for the winter. The oldest of the Pagan festivities at the
    Equinox is known as Mahbon - which is described below.

    This is a special time for me as well - as a "pantheistic
    cyberneticist" this is a time of importance and significance well
    beyond that of any Christian festival ;-)

    Happy Equinox, I wish you warmth and firelight and much love.

    Martin.

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    Mabon

    Mabon is the ancient solar festival that marks the transition from the
    light to the dark half of the year, at about the time the Sun enters
    Libra. This holiday is observed by many people who follow "the old
    ways" that are variously referred to as pagan, Wiccan, or pantheist.
    These traditions all share in common a profound respect for Nature and
    connection to its cycles.

    Mabon (pronounced mah-bun, mah-bon, or may-bon) is both a literal and
    metaphoric harvest festival, a time when the fruits of the year's
    labor may be enjoyed, and a time to take stock of accomplishments.
    There are many legends associated with Mabon. In Celtic mythology,
    Mabon was the Young God, abducted and imprisoned, only to return at a
    later date. Similarly, the long days of summer are overtaken at the
    autumnal equinox, but promise to return at the vernal equinox, with
    the celebration of Oestara. This holiday marks the beginning of autumn
    - winter is not so far away anymore. Maturity has been reached.

    While in folklore, Mabon is associated with the harvesting of herbs,
    grains, fruits and vegetables, those of us who do not make our livings
    in agriculture can set aside this day as a wonderful time to conduct a
    sort of inner, personal harvest festival. Take the time to acknowledge
    all of the hard work you have done in your lifetime, and to give
    thanks for the hard work of others. Take this time to be grateful for
    the labor and sweat, love and perseverance that keep society, your
    community, your family and friends, alive. Take time to recognise the
    roles you have played as well, and give yourself credit for what
    you've done.

    This is also a day to consider the importance of balance in our lives.
    On this day, as on the spring equinox, day and night last the same
    amount of time. The feminine/lunar night forces and the
    masculine/solar day forces are perfectly balanced. This is a good day
    to meditate on the marriage of the material and spiritual aspects of
    our lives. Libra, after all, is a sign concerned with balancing,
    harmonising and uniting. If any aspects of our lives are out of
    balance, Mabon is the perfect day to perform a small ritual, or make a
    promise to yourself to restore balance and harmony to your life.

    Mabon can be observed in many ways, such as tending a garden or
    gathering together for a special meal with friends. Expressions of
    appreciation to one's elders and remembrances of ancestors are also
    appropriate on this powerful day when the fertility of summer begins
    to give way to the temporary death of winter. Recognizing this as a
    powerfully charged point on the wheel of the year enables one to tap
    into Nature's cycles, and to ponder how one's life connects to the
    cycles the entire planet shares.
     
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    Ben3rdEye toe-jamm

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    Very good-gave me a nice tingle dowm mi back!

    Oestara= == = oestrogen perhaps?
    B9
     
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