Through my weekly radio show, I strive to create a medium for pagan, and spiritually progressive voices. Mainstream media has neglected these bards, great thinkers, and earth spiritualists. Yet their ideas, stories and songs can help us better understand the connections between earth as sacred entity and living sustainably amongst ourselves and our environment. I hope you enjoy listening to these ideas, philosophies, songs and stories as much as I enjoy sharing them with you.
Today we celebrated the coming of the autumnal equinox on Wheel of Wonder! Mabon, Alban Elfed, Mea'n Fo'mhair, Autumn Equinox, depending on your beliefs and traditions is the time of the second harvest, and the celebration of the physical "food" harvest as well the harvest ing time for what you've learned , and how to use it. The Autumn mist seems to lend itself easily to bringing one into that reflective, inward space, where we think about what we've experienced in the course of this year. Of course the Autumn vistas painted upon our eyes by the deciduous trees and their brilliant leaves also play their part in coloring the world , so at least we can have a moment to take in the beauty of this earth, that too is a harvest in and of itself. Mabon is the name of the lost child of the old goddess Modron, recovered from the underworld by King Arthur and his men in the mythic Welsh poem Preiddeu Annwn, a story of a shamanic journey, often attached to the story the Culhwch and Olwen. MAbon represents the return from the inner space of the soul or shamanic journey with wisdom and grace to become a better person in the world. It is in that pursuit of wisdom that we see "Seven and Arthur " return from the underworld with. A harvest of Wisdom. Today we also had a guest on Wheel of Wonder; Stefanie, a practicing Druid from the OBOD group of Seattle, WA. and she would be someone I've met in the course of the past year, a woman of wisdom, I was glad to have on the show at this time of harvest. Moving along the course of the Wheel of the Year, brings us to a place of slowing down, and thinking, after we consider what wisdom we've harvested over the past year, and what "seeds we've planted" in the lives of ourselves and others that did not come to fruition, as well as those that have...we truly reap what we sow in this life. Shall we approach things differently in the coming year? During this time of moving our lives indoors when necessary, and celebrating the holidays with friends and family, we have plenty of time to think about what we can do and what we have done with this brief part of our incarnation in this world.......HAPPY HARVEST! Enjoy the journey
As the Summer begins its annual spin into the beauty of Autumn, I find myself back in the familiar fields, hills and forests of home, excited for another turn around the sun on Wheel of Wonder. Autumn is finally beginning to roll in to the Northwest, the leaves are changing into their colorful autumn gowns ready to dance 'til they fall down as we celebrate the bounty of the season.
The vine maple already carry the festive blush of fall and the nights are cooler and longer.
I face the coming darkness as a crucible of change, not as a shroud of cold and shadow, but as a place to slow down, reflect upon the knowledge reaped in the courses of the passing year so I can proceed to build anew.
At the completion of our sharing information about climate change, I began to share the inward journey, so much a part of the darker half of the year exploring Celtic Shamanism. John Matthews' book "Taliesin: The Last Celtic Shaman" (1991 aquarian press) and Robert Moss' book "Active Dreaming" are good reads to help understand these ideas. I hope you caught some of them on Wheel of Wonder.
As we go forward into the coming year, I hope to bring you the perspectives of modern, practicing pagans covering everything from earth spirituality and its place in this world, to native american belief systems, and even pagan prison based ministry through up and coming guests on Wheel of Wonder. I also have 2-3 more musicians/groups ready to join us on the show to share their music and viewpoints and all because of people starting and renewing memberships with this not for profit radio station that let's me bring them to you: kaosradio.org
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The images above are a picture of Cascade Pass by Ed Farell and an Illustration of/inspired by musician Autumn Rayne by Derek Emmons