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Menopause Moon - Baubo

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Menopause Moon - Baubo

PostAuthor: Morwenn » Mon Oct 05, 2015 3:41 pm

The 10th moon cycle of this year begins with the new moon on September 13th and ends on October 12th. The full moon occurs on September 28th.

Mabon

The mid-autumn feast of Mabon occurs around September 22th, when earth is poised with the sun in time and space, creating a moment of balance. Day and night are of equal length again.

'Mabon' as a name for a pagan holiday is of fairly new origin, but our ancestors have celebrated the autumnal equinox and the harvest of apples, pears, nuts and grapes for centuries as a time of giving thanks and preparing for the colder months. We gather in joy to share this harvest of fruit and vegetables, aware that the icy fingers of winter are not far off.

The dwindling warm afternoons become small gifts of grace, as we witness the first touches of gold, the burnished beauty of the Crone's alchemy. The earth prepares for the winter to come.

Take some time to be outdoors during the last golden rays of the sun. Walk through falling leaves and observe the animals in your neighbourhood, readying their nests for winter.

The sun is now dying, retreating, and daylight shortens rapidly. The goddess mourns the loss of her beloved partner/son. The sun god approaches the veil of the underworld. When he finally reaches the gates of the underworld, the goddess in her guise as Morgan le Fay hands him the apple of death and takes him with her to Avalon where he will be revived in due time.

In Greece the Eleusinian Mysteries were celebrated. They were initiations held every year for the cult of Demeter and Persephone. The cycle always began with the descent of the Goddess.

Baubo

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Baubo, humour, self-relativation

The goddess of this moon cycle is Baubo, the Greek goddess of obscenity. Her name literally means 'belly'.

As strange as it may sound, Baubo did not have a head, her nipples were her eyes and her vulva was her mouth.

When the goddess Demeter was mourning the loss of her daughter Persephone, Baubo performed a silly sexual dance before her. In doing so she made Demeter smile again, and through Baubo Demeter found - despite of her grief - the strength to carry on.

Baubo used her female sexuality and laughter to make Demeter smile. She represents self-relativation an humour, often seen by women entering their menopause.

Menopause moon

In the Sacred Cycle of Blood Mysteries the goddess enters the menopause and the last aspect in her role of triple goddess: she becomes the Crone. Her own child baring days are past. Now she is the grandmother, the wisdom keeper. The seer, healer and midwife, whose knowledge is sought out to guide others during life's hardships and transitions. The Crone's wisdom is deeply connected with death and transformation.

The menopause announces the end of the menstrual cycle and for most women this event occurs somewhere between their 45th and 55th birthday.

In cultures were the menstruation is regarded as a magical power of women, she who keeps the magical blood 'within' takes on the role of wise woman and her position shifts from nurturer to counsellor. Unfortunately this is not the case in our western culture.

Sage

It has always been believed that sage (Salvia officinalis) was the key to a long life. Herbs such as sage have much greater concentrations of antioxidants than any common fruit or vegetable source. Antioxidants protect your cells against the oxidative stress caused by free radicals, considered to be the primary cause of the aging process. Protecting yourself against free radicals with antioxidants is the most effective way to reduce the risk of many health problems associated with aging.

Sage has excellent antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, which explains it popular use in gargles for sore throats, gingivitis and sore gums. A strong sage tea or tincture diluted with water can be used.

Sage contains a substantial amount of oestrogen and has a beneficial effect on your hormone levels. It is a well regarded herb for women and can be especially helpful for relieving the hot flashes of menopause. Sage acts to regulate our body’s thermostat, keeping our temperature even – so we can control it the way we always have done, by adding or removing an extra layer, instead of the furnace firing up inside us! It also tends to slow heavy menstrual bleeding.

Sage is also a memory aid – hence its associations with wisdom, and a useful add-on if your memory is suffering during the menopause.

Using sage to darken greying hair comes down to us from the gypsies. It has a subtle effect, just a gradual darkening that doesn't leave you with ugly gray roots.

Sage is held sacred by many Native American Indians, because of it’s effective purifying energies. Today, white sage is often used in smudging ceremonies.

Ritual - Morgan le Fay - Rhytm

Mabon is the time to let go of outward movement and expansion - to begin moving inward, taking stock... It is time to let go of old beliefs, limitations and outdated agendas. It's time to reexamine our ethics, and search our soul's true intention.

Do you spend all your vitality adjusting to the rhythms imposed on you by your work, family, lover, friends? Have you been submerged in the life of another and lived his/her rhythms instead of your own? Perhaps you never discovered your own rhythms because you wanted to please those around you. It is vital for you to live according to your own rhythms. Flowing with your rhythm brings you greater energy because you are no longer suppressing what is natural to you.

You may have noticed that Baubo is depicted with apples. This links her to Morgan le Fay whose home is Avalon, the isle of apples ('Afal' is the Celtic word for 'apple'). Morgan le Fay comes into your life with her magic to invite you to discover and live your rhythms. Vitality, health and wholeness are nurtured when you flow with your own unique beat rather than against it.

Journey to Avalon

Find a time and a place when and where you will not be disturbed. Sit or lie comfortably with your spine straight and close your eyes. Take a deep breath and release it slowly. Take another deep breath and release it as if you were a fire-breathing dragon, exhaling flames of tension. Take another deep breath and, as you release it, see how far you can exhale your flames of tension. Now take a deep breath and, as you exhale, see, sense or feel that you are on a small boat. It can be a boat you are familiar with or one that exists in your imagination. The boat rocks back and forth, back and forth, and you are rocking into a deep state of relaxation with it. It feels so comfortable to be gently rocked by the boat as you are carried across the water, securely and safely.

You look up and see a curtain of mists. Slowly the mists open, creating a passageway for your boat. After you enter, the mists close. Before you is the island of Avalon. Your boat lands and you step out. Morgan le Fay greets you and welcomes you to Avalon.

She asks you what you need and you tell her you have come for assistance with your rhythms. She takes you by the hand and leads you to her magical scrying pond, in the middle of a circle of apple trees. You both sit on some low rocks at the edge of the pond. Morgan le Fay takes her wand and stirs the pond. When the pond becomes still again, what you see on the surface of the pond is exactly what you need. You thank Morgan le Fay for her help and she asks you for something. You give it to her in gratitude, with an open heart. Then she escorts you back to your boat.

You enter the boat and it takes off. Again, the mists part for you, then close. The gentle rocking of the boat is soothing. You are returning, feeling clear and centered, returning, feeling you know what you need to do: returning, feeling refreshed and revitalized.

You take a deep breath and release it slowly, coming fully back into your body. Take another deep breath and, as you release it, open your eyes. Welcome back!

Excerpt from The Goddess Oracle by Amy Sophia Marashinsky
Le principal est d'arriver à faire une vie heureuse et riche de son incarnation présente.
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Re: Menopause Moon - Baubo

PostAuthor: Tylluan » Wed Oct 21, 2015 5:46 pm

I am loving these and enjoy reading them every month. Thank you Morwenn :)
May your summers and winters be short, springs be mild and autumn reaping plentiful.

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