Friday, August 31, 2012

Mid-year Resolutions Update

Just a reminder of how much I love the season!

It's been awhile since the last time I updated you all about my resolutions... so, here ya go!

Things I've done well:

Overall I think I've done quite alright over the summer. I'm still posting on here at least once a month (go me!), I've been reading like a fiend, I've been working on my spiritual life, and I've celebrated all of the Sabbats, which is not small feat considering I'm outrageously unorganized. On the holiday front, I do need to start planning Mabon which will hopefully be a little bit easier once we have an altar (one day....). I'm thinking this is a good time to do some much needed cleaning and organizing-- our room is outrageously messy, and every time I look at it I get so overwhelmed that I just pretend the mess isn't there and watch Dr. Who.  This must end!  It needs to be clean!  So I think for getting ready for Mabon should be all about getting shit cleaned up (and maybe not just physically but spiritually as well, yes?).

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Winter Holidays

It is almost September, which means we are slowly but surely making our way into late summer and early fall, at which time the fall and winter holidays will be thrust upon us (whether we like it or not).  Already I've seen Halloween decorations out in anticipation of "smart shoppers" grabbing the goods before the rest of America begins to prepare for the festivities.  It makes me a little sick-- I mean, come on, it's not really even September yet!-- and at the same time I'm incredibly giddy and excited, because I have to be honest, I'm a sucker for the holidays in the dark half of the year. Samhain? Totally psyched. Day of the Dead? Bring it on. Hanukkah?  It's been awhile, but I'm totally ready to spin some dreidels. Yule?  My knees are shaking with excitement.  And there are so many other holidays in the coming months that I haven't mentioned, from all kinds of different cultures.  I'm totally ready to spend the months celebrating!

Ready to party.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Happy Lughnasadh!

Today is August 1st (are you fricken kidding me? Where does the time go?!), which is Lughnasadh (some people also celebrate Lammas on this day, which is similar but different).

I would've preceded this post with a little info on what Lughnasadh is and how it is celebrated, but I'm just too lazy-- blame it on the summer, people.  Anyway, for this Sabbat Kourtney and I have decided to do a couple of little activities to celebrate.  People celebrate this Sabbat in different ways, but one big thing I've been seeing on all the message board and websites and books (I've been doing a lot of research) is displaying your skills through competition.  Lughnasadh was (among other things) a time of athletic competition, and how fitting with the Olympics in full swing in London!  Lughnasadh was also a feasting day in honor of the first fruits of the harvest, and in some paths it's the first of three harvest festivals, the second and third being Mabon and Samhain.