Hello, Dear Readers, and happy Mabon!

Mabon, or the Autumnal Equinox, is celebrated by people around the world.  It’s a time to celebrate the equal state of day and night, and to pay our respects to the impending dark while also thanking the waning light.  The Blog Maven over at The Parliament House blog has some wonderful suggestions for how to celebrate this most lovely of holidays:

1. Bloom where you are planted. Instead of purchasing a bouquet of flowers to adorn your home, go get some potted kitchen herbs—rosemary for love, sage for meditation, basil for fortune—that you can tend to and eventually place in a little garden, if you’d like. Even better, plant seeds and grow them from scratch if you have a green thumb! Friendly house faeries love thriving plants, so open the windows (weather permitting), and invite them in!
2. Focus on positive release. On Friday the 13th, the Harvest Moon will also be in Pisces. Pisces is a mutable water sign, and, as the last of the twelve zodiacs, she brings the ending to the emotional state you’ve been experiencing all summer (remember that July retrograde? Yikes…). She swims by with a penchant for mood swings, striking intuition, and vivid dreams. If we aren’t self-aware, a full moon in Pisces can stir negative rumination, so try not to stay in or alone for long this weekend. Still, all this emotional energy will need to go somewhere! Ready your body and mind by lighting some incense. Sit with your favorite crystal (aquamarine or bloodstone if you have it) in your left hand, and focus on a mantra to clear your space for the season. Let it resonate with you as you do this for about 10 minutes with your eyes lightly closed.
3. Ready, set-your-intentions, go! Get out a piece of paper and pen, and light an orange candle if you have one—if not, a white unscented candle will do. Prepare a water dish and have it handy. Manifest your wishes, writing down five intentions by candlelight. Perchance you’d like to be braver in the coming season, maybe you wish to practice kindness or more patience with others. After you’ve done this, sit and meditate with your list for a couple minutes, thanking the experiences that have led you to welcoming these specific intentions into your life. Then, light a corner of the paper with your candle and drop it into your water dish, preferably before it singes your fingertips. The next morning, discard of the ashes and water into the earth outside your home—and don’t forget to extinguish that flame, for witch’s sakes.
4. Break bread with your tribe. Or, you know, your coven. Host a fall-themed supper! You don’t have to spend a lot decorating; just hit up the dollar section at your nearest Target, they always seem to have the coziest seasonal decor. To make it easier on you if you have littles, a hectic schedule, or just because hosting is enough work, have everyone bring a dish or dessert. To make this even more magical, you can host a nighttime picnic under the full moon.
5. Spend the day in nature. This doesn’t need to be a hike if you aren’t into that. Many wineries host outdoor tours, and most Renaissance faires run their course from August through October. Plus, this time of year all the orchards and cider mills are opening their doors to fall-frenzied witches, warlocks, and creatures everywhere. Just be outside, face the breeze, and revel in the merriment.

The Parliament House is also celebrating Mabon by releasing a special sneak peek of the highly anticipated upcoming release The Shrike and the Shadows! This Hansel and Gretel new adult retelling doesn’t release until March of 2020, but you can get a glimpse and read the entire first chapter now!  Simply go the link below and enjoy your first peek at the this dark and enchanting retelling.  Your Spooky Gal is thrilled to be a part of The Parliament House’s Mabon celebration! #phmaboncelebration

The Shrike & the Shadows Chapter One

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