The Healing Harvest
by Clea Danaan
Corn and Grain,
All that falls shall rise again!
Hoof and Horn,
Hook and Horn,
All that dies shall be reborn!
I harvest, I chant this old pagan reminder of the
circle of life. I pray for rebirth while I give
thanks for what is given. This Mabon I am overwhelmed
with the illness of our society and our planet,
and I pray for the rebirth of honoring the Earth.
My rituals this year focus on that renewal of love
and compassion for all life, and also on giving
thanks for what the Mother provides by giving healing
energy back to the earth. In this article I will
share with you the ritual of high healing I will
do on Mabon. I invite you to join me, whether you
like me celebrate the autumn equinox or whether
you dance to the Eostre light. There is no right
time to celebrate death and life, and no right time
to give thanks and healing to the planet. I will,
however, focus on harvest images for my ritual.
Substitute words and tools where appropriate. Also,
I am a solitary, and the ritual will reflect this,
but it can easily be adapted to a group.
quick word about healing, especially “healing the
earth.” We are all healers. We all posses an innate
and powerful ability to transmute what is harmful
or unwanted into divine energy. But being a healer
does not mean being a “fixer”. When you offer healing
energy, whether to a feverish child or the great
Mother Earth, I encourage you to do so with humility
and an open mind. When we heal, we tap into a great
flow of unconditional love and infinite wisdom.
It is the focused channeling of this energy that
creates balance, healing, or release. Offer this
channeling up with love from your higher self that
knows that death and pain are all part of Life,
as is miraculous healing and rebirth.
Ritual for the Earth
Bathe and cleanse
yourself in whichever way you find most powerful.
You may choose to not consume meat, caffeine, or
sugar for a few days, or simply to smudge and meditate
then take a hot bath. Cleansing in whatever way
prepares us to enter the sacred circle with as few
distractions as possible. We are baptized anew each
time we cleanse to enter sacred space.
the space in which you will work by smudging, Reiki,
sweeping, drumming, and whichever ways you choose.
Set an altar
cloth of red, orange, or black upon your altar.
Red is the blood of the Mother, Orange is the rhythm
of the earth (think of Buddhist monks’ robes) and
Black is the color of the womb and the grave. On
this altar place seeds, apples, pumpkins, corn kernels,
and other harvested gifts from the Mother. I like
to use one large candle of an appropriate color
for safety, but if you prefer to set a more traditional
layout of candles you may. I usually light it before
I cast my circle and say a prayer of blessing for
all my relations (you may choose to light your candle
after you have cast your circle, do whatever feels
right to you). Also include a bowl of salt, a cup
or bowl of water, and some incense or a feather.
All of these have purpose and make a lovely altar;
however, remember that tools are only allies to
help us focus. Nothing at all is needed.
I cast my
circle very simply. Starting in the East and moving
clockwise, I say “I call on the powers and guardians
of the East (etc.) to witness, support, and protect
my work.” I might ad something about each of their
powers, like the North helping me in manifesting
my work. Then I say, “The circle is cast, I am between
the worlds!” Sometimes at this time I call on Goddesses
or Gods to work with; for this ritual I call on
Mabon, Gaia, Demeter, and Artemis.
Now go sit
in front of you altar for a few moments, grounding
and breathing to center yourself. Let your thoughts
still. Witness the gifts upon your altar. Listen
to your breath, feel the earth beneath your bum.
When a feeling of peace and power descends upon
you, declare your purpose to the circle: “This work
is an offering of thanks and a declaration of healing
to the Earth. As Mabon returns to the Mother’s womb,
may I gift Her with my support as an ally and doula
of life. May Gaia and Demeter hear and honor my
work. May Artemis aid me as doula and Goddess of
justice both.” A doula aids not only in the birth
itself, but in supporting the mother all thorough
her pregnancy. This is the role of doula I and Artemis
present this season.
and dance, drum, sing, or whatever you do to raise
power. Holding that power in your body (it feels
alive, like the inside of your body is vibrating),
come back to your altar and lift the bowl of salt
in your hands. Focus inwardly, on the vast cosmos
inside you. Picture yourself as the Great Goddess.
Feel this power. See your energy reaching to the
infinite vastness of the Universe. Now focus a moment
on the salt in your hands. Say, “Salt of the earth,
may you represent the whole earth, the mountains
and valleys, minerals and stones. I invite you to
resonate with me, Great Goddess and Creator.” Let
the salt be a mirror of your powerful energy. You
are not forcing it to change, simply inviting it
to vibrate with pure divine energy. You will feel
the water and do the same thing.
your hands in the air, facing the altar. Say, “The
elements present on this sacred space, air, fire,
water, and earth, may you resonate with all the
earth and all my relations.” Picture the Earth in
front of you. Do the same thing you did with the
salt and water, inviting all the Earth to reflect
pure, infinite, Divine energy. Sit with this until
you feel a shift, which may be a while. Then place
your hands on the ground in front of you and allow
any excess energy to flow back into the earth.
Take a few
moments to ground and center, listening to your
breath. Open your circle, thanking the directions
and Deities present. Say, “The circle is open but
never broken. May my offering here be manifest truly
in the world. So mote it be.”
altar quietly and then eat and drink to ground,
giving thanks to these gifts.
gardens and writes from Denver, Colorado. She is
the author of Sacred Land: Intuitive Gardening for
Personal, Political and Environmental Change (Llewellyn,
2007). More of her work can be found at IntuitiveGardening.net.