Just in Case...

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Just in Case...

Post by Kitsune » Sun Sep 21, 2008 6:16 pm

I don't get a chance to jump on tomorrow, I thought I'd take care of this now...


Blessed Mabon, and may all your harvests be fruitful and Bountiful!


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This is a cross stitch I started last autumn... I'm not finished it yet, but the finished project will look like the picture. It's called "Mask of Autumn" and to me, holding the apple, while hiding all that she is behind a mask... tempting us to ignore the death around her... is very stimulating. It always reminds me that the harvest is ever fleeting, and if you boast the fruits of your labour too soon, you won't have anything to rely on in the darkest times.

I'm only very partially done the cross-stitch, since it's huge at a very low count per inch, but for this picture, the hundreds of hours I'll put into will be worth it.

As one final Mabon blessing for all of you, here is a rendition of that old Mabon favourite...

The Ballad of John Barleycorn
There were three men come from the West
Their fortunes for to try,
And these three made a solemn vow:
"John Barleycorn must die."

They plowed, they sowed, they harrowed him in,
Threw clods upon his head,
'Til these three men were satisfied
John Barleycorn was dead.

They let him lie for a very long time,
'Til the rains from heaven did fall,
When little Sir John raised up his head
And so amazed them all.

They let him stand 'til Mid-Summer's Day
When he looked both pale and wan;
Then little Sir John grew a long, long beard
And so became a man.

They hired men with their scythes so sharp
To cut him off at the knee;
They rolled him and tied him around the waist,
And served him barbarously.

They hired men with their sharp pitchforks
To pierce him to the heart,
But the loader did serve him worse than that,
For he bound him to the cart.

They wheeled him 'round and around the field
'Til they came unto a barn,
And there they took a solemn oath
On poor John Barleycorn.

They hired men with their crab-tree sticks
To split him skin from bone,
But the miller did serve him worse than that,
For he ground him between two stones.

There's little Sir John in the nut-brown bowl,
And there's brandy in the glass,
And little Sir John in the nut-brown bowl
Proved the strongest man at last.

The huntsman cannot hunt the fox
Nor loudly blow his horn
And the tinker cannot mend his pots
Without John Barleycorn.
Trying to create a world, even in words, is good occupational therapy for lunatics who think they're God, and an excellent argument for Polytheism. -S.M. Stirling

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Re: Just in Case...

Post by Crazy Healer Lady » Sun Sep 21, 2008 8:10 pm

Happy Mabon, Kitsune, and to all at the Pagan Library! My 2nd favourite holiday of the year! Beautiful poem. Thank you for sharing!
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Re: Just in Case...

Post by Lotus » Sun Sep 21, 2008 11:10 pm

Happy and blessed Mabon to all!

I could already feel the energy and see the balance of time.

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Re: Just in Case...

Post by Bandersnatch » Mon Sep 22, 2008 5:18 am

It occurred to me to look for that poem it but I never got around to it. Thanks for posting the poem and I love the picture.

and blessed Mabon to all.

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Re: Just in Case...

Post by Kitsune » Mon Sep 22, 2008 7:46 pm

The artist is Jessica Galbreth. She's a brilliant artist who does a lot of Pagan Goddess/Fairy/Witch art. She is definately my favourite online artist (I think she may actually be my favourite, period. :-D :lol: ) I'd definately suggest checking her out. She has a gorgeous oracle deck out now. I got one, and let me tell you, this thing just can't steer me wrong, even if I am still looking at the book to be certain of the meaning! :lol: I just find all of her artwork to be inspiring!

John Barleycorn is a wonderful tale, and for the longest time I only knew a single verse of it. But I decided to be pro-active and found info on Mabon from cultures around the world and sent out an email to my entire office, explaining why different cultures and religions think that it's an important day and how they celebrate it! (mostly courtesy of Religious Tolerance website... http://www.religioustolerance.org I believe)

Yes, my entire office recieved something in their email "inboxes" telling them how Pagans along with many other cultures celebrate this time of year and why!

Hahahahahahahaha! I feel like I'm utterly out of the closet now (as if I wasn't before :roll: )!

And... I haven't even done my ritual yet, but I was able to write a page and a half today!!! I've had a case of writers block for a few weeks now, and writing anything down (let alone over a page) is a major acomplishment! Woo Hoo! I can't wait to see how I feel after our Ritual Meditation! :-o :-o 8-)

So, how did you all celebrate Mabon? \:D/
Trying to create a world, even in words, is good occupational therapy for lunatics who think they're God, and an excellent argument for Polytheism. -S.M. Stirling

http://www.bamatthews.comThe Writings and Musings of B.A. Matthews

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