Thursday, October 31, 2013

Samhain 2013 Via Mabon: Mystic Man

This is sort of a part two about Samhain. Check out my last post, Pre-Samhain 2013, it explains a bit about my journey to where I am now. So before I get to Samhain, I need to pop back to Mabon.

I tried blogging for Mabon/Autumnal Equinox. I had stuff outlined & written. But I just couldn’t go there. Autumnal Equinox is usually a fun time for me. It’s one of my favorite sabbats & I enjoy doing the whole Spiritual Thanksgiving thing. I have learned that Mabon is Spiritual Thanksgiving & have taught that for over a decade. So, yeah, let’s do Mabon, I thought…

BAM,  a trap door to the Underworld opened underneath me. I fell & I fell fast. It happens. As Witches we seek to align ourselves with the cycles of nature… Well, I’ve been in synch with the season for a long, long time. Like it or not, Mabon is ‘The Dying” that leads to Samhain, “The Dead.” Persephone makes her descent & I went with her for about a week. 

Hades & Persephone

Mind you, I’m a mystic. Mystical shit has happened through my whole life. I didn’t want to be a mystic. I remember looking it up when I was a kid & I didn’t like what I saw. It was all about suffering for God. PASS! But repulsion is an indication of an archetype in play, or at that age, dormant. I had it, but at 9, it wasn’t essential. It is now.

Mystic/mystical are odd words. The original meaning is practically forgotten. It points to mystery; a mystic is one who endures & lives in mystery. But ask most people what the word means & you end up in Stevie Nicks terrain, which is fine. I love Stevie Nicks. But it illuminates a meaning of something mysterious, hidden. Ultimately a mystic is someone who cultivates an intimate relationship with the Divine. As nice as that sounds, its shadow is Divine Madness & not the Bette Midler kind.

The descent into the Underworld, or the Shamanic Descent, is a part of the Craft we don’t discuss much. So, I’m not going to go into it here either. It’s a long psychological & spiritual story that is told through many spiritual traditions spanning geography & history. It is essentially symbolic death & rebirth. The death is of the old self so the new one can rise, very Phoenix… the Firebird not the city.

While in the underworld I know a few things that can make my stay productive & brief. Ask for help of the Divine, forgive everything, pray, meditate & most of all, lay low. The trick is not to solve the mystery I'm in, but to endure it with grace, which I pray for throughout. In other words, you drop down & have to heal your way back up.

So, I did that & got through it. It took me a week & looking back, it was time. I harvested the wisdom of the experience. Mabon’s symbolic coordinates are the Crown Chakra. It’s sacred Truth, “Live in present time.” Which I find cannot be done without forgiveness, mostly of self. That said, I saw that I was humming along at 100 mph & clipped a tree symbolically speaking. What I learned from it upon my return to the upper world is now golden wisdom alchemized from some real sucky lead.

Now at Samhain I stand at the doorway of next season, the Season of Death & feel somewhat prepared.

Samhain is the 8th Sabbat & corresponds to the 8th Chakra, which hovers above the head. It’s been called the Star Center, The Upper Room, The Astral World. Call it what you will, it corresponds rather well with Samhain. The 8th Chakra is the home of the Archetypes as it manages Symbolic Power. All of our lives are stories & the archetypes are the powers of the soul we can alchemize through life. 

Buff Hades

Halloween is a very archetypal holiday. We wear masks. That’s just ancient shamanic symbolic stuff there, if we do it well. The Slut, a popular costume in a variety of forms, is the Prostitute Archetype. Nurse is the Healer Archetype. The Slutty Nurse is the Healer Prostitute Archetype. How about the Vampire? Yep the Vampire Archetype is very deep in our culture. If you look with Archetypal Vision you’ll see it in what people wear for Halloween & guide you to a more interesting choice.

But that’s Samhain, the veil is thin, we have the ability to see things from a higher perspective, a symbolic perspective. We get to see the roles we play & the stories we are in & of course, change the story. We can do this all year long, but it is easier now. This is why divination & communing with spirits is so much easier. The 8th Chakra is our power center of the pure non physical.  

Best of all, surpassing the rest, we have the choice to rise up & see the whole of the last year starting at Yule. What did you cast for at Yule? How did it go? Did your intention change & morph as you went as you grew? It usually does, but it depends on what you cast for.

I cast for 4 things: Happy, Healthy, Wealthy & Wise. If you read my Yule Blog from last year, the spell I did & shared with my community is on there. We made like 80 pouches & gave them all away.

Yule Pouches
The final harvest is looking back, seeing what you wanted then, seeing how it changed, seeing where you are now & harvesting the wisdom from the story. If you do that, boil it down, you will find your seeds to begin at Yule. You have all of Samhain-tide to do this, until the Sun enters the sign of Capricorn in December. Now is the time to start pulling back, get a little mystical, in the sense of looking at the mysteries of the past year. From there we are in the perfect position to ask the Gods for grace.

So, most Witches know Halloween isn't really Samhain. Halloween is chaos day, full of tricks & treats etc. Samhain is much more solemn & about honoring the Dead & the Ancestors. All of which I will write about after the fact at some point next week & how this all ties together.

But for now, I wish you all the very best of the day. Have fun, stay safe & enjoy the sugar rush. for me, I'll be dressing up & going to our annual Silver Broom Ministries Halloween Party. I'm sure pictures will be included.

Happy Halloween & Blessed Samhain

Rev. Mark A. Lyons, President
Drawing the Circle Productions INC.
631-968-8307 @ProfWitch on Twitter

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Pre-Samhain 2013: Not Looking for a New Love, Baby

I haven’t blogged since Lughnasadh (August 1st).

My life has changed really quickly since Litha (Summer Solstice) & I wasn’t ready to write about it yet. I’m still integrating it all. How funny that I would start writing it down during a Mercury Retrograde. Well, when the muse calls, I follow.

I didn’t mention it in my last blog at Lughnasadh , but I met someone in July that changed my life, my new boyfriend. I broke up with the guy I had been dating for 6 months, took some time to…well… slut around a bit & was really enjoying myself. I like being single. I have a field day of it most of the time.

So you can imagine that I wasn’t expecting to be in a relationship so quickly. We had dated 5 years ago in May 2008, right after Beltane. 1 date, which was OK, but we weren’t a match. We said we’d be friends & keep in touch. We didn’t. But you know, the Gods have a sense of humor & are really good at playing Human Chess with our lives. 

In 2008 I joined Facebook & I did one of those things where it sends out invites to the people in your email contacts. I just clickety clicked a bunch of names, he was one of them & the bulk invite was sent. He accepted it & for 5 years we had no contact via Facebook or otherwise. (Not that I didn't poke him. I did, but he wouldn't poke back :(  )

Except once, when he miscalled a number on his cell phone & got me (He told me recently that he was calling another guy named Mark.) I remember I was at my bank in the parking lot. I was a little shocked to see his name on the caller ID, but I took the call. Once we figured out it was a ‘wrong number’ we laughed, said we would keep in touch, again as friends. Aaaaaaaand again, we didn’t.

Now jump to June 2013. I break up with the guy I was dating on Gay Pride Weekend & as I said, I went afield to seek my pleasure. I had at it because, “My Momma told me, you better shop around.” I dated the hottest guy: really tall, smart, darkly funny & so charming. He drove me around in a BMW convertible on 4th of July weekend. I met his friends, saw an amazing fireworks show across the lake from where they were shooting them off . Did I mention he was REALLY tall? I like TALL, always have. Anyway, he was great. I could have continued dating him indefinitely. He was a Capricorn, they’re like that. They can go the long haul if they want to. I do well with Caps, being a Virgo myself. It’s an earth sign thing.

2 days later I posted a Facebook comment about a spider bite on my finger & the possibility of spider-like powers as a result. (July 9th. I looked it up.) Well, the aforementioned Mr. May 2008 finally made a move & commented on the post about me spinning my web on him. WHAT? Hi!

I Looked at his profile & FROZE. He’s a Virgo. I had avoided dating other Virgos for most of my life. Well, there were those guys that I never asked their sign, or name... My 30’s were a lot of fun. I had forgotten that we shared the same sign.  In that moment that stretched out for a while I heard, “Just say Hi.” So… I did. 

3 days later he laid True Loves Kiss (TLK) on me & we have been together ever since. So here I am, in a relationship, an open relationship, because it’s only been a little over 3 months. But we really do love each other. He’s on a spiritual path. I didn’t see that one coming, though I had asked for it for years. He is tall, dark, handsome, charming & best of all, funny. You need a real sense of humor to deal with, not just me which takes a lot granted, but also the whole Witch thing, coven, career & oh yeah, that whole clairvoyant empath thing makes it reeeeal interesting.

So we laugh; 2 Virgo smartasses. He cooks, he cleans, he makes me coffee & actually enjoys it. Who knew such men existed? But he’s here as I write this, asleep at 4am like most Muggles are. He stayed here tonight  while I was with my friend Eila on another Fashion World adventure. He fed my cat Sabastian while I was clicking away pictures at a party at Bergdorf Goodman. I chatted with Martha Stewart by the way. Not bad for a Wednesday night. Don’t believe me?

Martha & MAL

But here’s the thing & prepare yourself. Cliché alert! It was nice to come home to him; the house warm, the TV on & him bundled up on the couch in like 20 blankets. (He doesn’t like the cold.) Did I mention he has a Cancer Moon? No, I didn’t because with the amount of Cancerian women that I have in all of my life, I am totally screwed on this one. I’ll try not to mention it again.

So, all of this is to catch you up & catch me up for Samhain, which I will be writing about soon. There’s just no way I could write about Samhain without getting that whole story out. It’ll make more sense later.

But for now, I’m gonna go climb in bed with him. He’s out like a light, so I’m gonna meditate myself to sleep, probably spooned, & thank the Gods for my life. Oh yeah, Spiritual Thanksgiving. Like the Mabon 2013 blog I didn’t write. But I’ll pick up at Mabon next time & soon. But now, I’m gonna go home & sleep with my boyfriend. (Nod to Mr. Green.)

Blessed Be,

Rev. Mark A. Lyons, President
Drawing the Circle Productions, INC

P.S. I swear this all totally has to do with the Wheel of the Year & the magick I did starting at Yule of last year.