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Postby Sujee » Sun Aug 31, 2008 8:16 pm

As my Claire is off to Uni in September and my best friend's son is also leaving home, we are feeling that this is a time of great change in our lives. As this is all happening around the time of the Equinox, we thought we could integrate how we feel about the changes in our lives and how we are coping with this, into a ritual.

I know that this is a time for celebration of what nature has given us and a chance to look back at the year past to date, what we have achieved and what is left to do, but I would welcome any thoughts or ideas you lovely folk had about blending the two together.

Thank you for any ideas. :D
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Postby Moongoddess » Sun Aug 31, 2008 9:08 pm

Hi Sujee, it could be quite a good time to celebrate, after all Claire is your harvest, who has now ripened and is ready to make her own way in the world....likewise your friend's son. While it will be very emotional for you and your friend, it would be great to celebrate the future that the two young people are moving towards....not sure if that's any help to you :D
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Postby Queen OF Swords » Sun Aug 31, 2008 9:34 pm

How about a small ritual of smudging and blessing for the young folks heading off in to the world and then a nice meal for everybody to celebrate the next stage in their journey?

You could also exchange small gifts of protection and give reminders that, whatever happens, they are always welcome home. Don't you or your friend dwell on any of this "empty nest" pish either - celebrate a job well done and be proud.

I haven't made any definite plans yet with my pagan partner - I would like to try another trip off into the wilds before it gets too cold, but the way I am feeling just now, I'm not sure I would have the energy for a trek. But then, maybe that's the perfect reason to go...I see some tree-climbing :D
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Postby Sujee » Mon Sep 01, 2008 1:01 pm

Thanks for those ideas and suggestions MG and QoS - never thought of using Claire as my Harvest - I like that! :D

Not sure if the kids would join us but I am sure claire take some crystals with her and maybe let me bless and cleanse her room (and not only to get rid of the smell of student... :wink: ).

I shall definitely consider these, and I fancied a celebratory meal anyway....

Will be no empty nest dwelling - have earmarked Claire's room as my distillery!!!
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Postby Leanne » Mon Sep 01, 2008 7:02 pm

I shall have a special Mabon celebration.. the autumn equinox falls on the 22nd this year... my birthday!! :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Postby cornmother » Mon Sep 01, 2008 8:37 pm

Sujee

Although this is a children's site (and an American one, at that) I just love this idea http://www.broomstix.com/L08BOS.htm - and to make up your own personal gift for Claire to take with her to Uni would be something special, I think. Just imagine her as she unwinds the Lammas ball to discover each gift throughout the coming year.

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Postby Sujee » Mon Sep 01, 2008 9:12 pm

Thank you CM - that is a lovely idea! I shall think of some symbols which are special to us and use them in a ball! Claire loves little things too, and she will enjoy this!

Am planning a planning session for our ritual tomorrow after I have been weighed :oops: with my friend in the pub for a change of scenery!! My lubricate the thought process although I am supposed to be on soda and lime! :lol:

You are all wonderful for sharing your ideas and your kind words about Claire going up. XXX
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Postby Queen OF Swords » Tue Sep 02, 2008 6:46 am

Sorry Sujee but I had to smile at your "planning a planning session" :D

You are as bad as me, organising spontaneous wild rituals...

Blessings on your ritual though of course x
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Postby Sujee » Tue Sep 02, 2008 9:14 pm

QoS - I am not only a Capricorn - I have my natal moon in Capricorn too so I am rather an organiser... :roll: :lol:

Still we managed to do it in the pub where Claire works and it was nice and quiet so we did some talking and scribbling. Lots of ideas, we just need to meld them together and we found some lovely ideas in Glennie Kindred's books as well.

am going to make Moongoddess' apple cake for us to share and find some mead too... as long as we enjoy ourselves we will be happy, and that is the main thing I think! :D
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Postby Beantighe » Wed Sep 03, 2008 10:29 pm

Sounds really lovely, Sujee - hope it goes well and that you all have a wonderful time! I'll be thinking of you all.

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Postby solsticedreamer » Thu Sep 18, 2008 6:45 pm

oh sujee hope it goes well for you!
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Postby Sujee » Thu Sep 18, 2008 10:37 pm

Thank you - I will let you know how it goes. xx
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Postby Queen OF Swords » Fri Sep 19, 2008 9:31 am

Warmest wishes and brightest blessings to all my fellow stonemad :D Stonewylders for this upcoming Autumn Equinox. May the 2nd harvest continue in it's bounty, if not physically in terms of fruit (it's a bit rubbish isn't it?) then spiritually and emotionally.

I'm off to meet up with my pal Ray in town for some healing space and then am kipping over to do some artwork with leaves - knitting and possibly photos.

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Postby kit » Fri Sep 19, 2008 10:05 am

It's my eldest son's birthday on 21st but we celebrated last weekend with a big Virgo party (five of us!) so I won't be seeing him. And he's grown up now with his own life so it's not such a big deal seeing mum on his birthday! I'll be thinking of Sujee and Where the Wild Roses Grow as they both send their children off to uni. It's a very emotional time, and as they've both said, a Rite of Passage not only for the kids but the mums (and dads if they're around) too.

Mr B and I were planning on spending the day somewhere special as the weather forecast is good. Maybe Avebury or the New Forest perhaps, but not sure yet. I want to gather some autumn fruits for my pottery thing that I usually fill with different things like acorns, beechnuts etc. Already got plenty of conkers though!!!

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