September’s energy is one of turning inward. There is still the last of the harvest to bring in, to be sure, but it is time to figure out how to store the harvest so it will last throughout the winter. Magickally speaking this is the time to forage for any materia magica you’ll need. Herbs, stones, earth, even water should be collected, carefully labeled, and stored away.
The energy is slower paced than the busyness of spring and summer. It’s not quite the stasis of winter yet. This is a time of reflection and rest, one of balance. The natural world is pulling in, retreating to burrows and dens. Teh lush, generative energy of growth and renewal gives way to contracting and pulling in. Leaves turn brown and fall away, flowers become seed heads, and the last of the garden fruits grow overripe, bursting to spread their seed.
As with the natural world, we are called back to our homes from our sunny outdoor adventures. The temperature may still be stifling, but we look to cuddle under blankets or curl up with a hot drink. Now is the time to refresh our home protection magicks. The abundance of produce and harvested goods also calls us to perform kitchen and food magick, making use of the abundance around us.
Balance and harmony are the main themes of the month. Transition from outward facing to inward facing is also very important. You want to look and make sure that what you have brought into your home, body and spirit is nourishing for you. You want to meditate on what balance and harmony mean to you. What is lacking in your life right now? Where are you overburdened? How can you rectify those imbalances?
Light & Darkness Meditation
Words like “light” and “dark” have gotten twisted and misinterpreted in the past with light being equated with good and pure and dark equated with bad or shameful. The natural world doesn’t deal in such moral terms. Light simply refers to the sun, daytime, and the pursuits that happen in the open. On the flipside, dark refers to nighttime, underground, the absence of light and activities performed surreptitiously. Light relates to growth, dark to rest. To be healthy one must have both.
Our current 9-5, 24-7, go go go society prioritizes constant work over rest, to the point that sleep becomes associated with weakness. rest, leisure time, taking breaks, and stillness are all vilified while unrelenting growth is lionized. This meditation is presented to help you return to a state of being where you recognize and honor the need for balance between the light and the dark.
Sit or lie comfortably. Anoint a white candle with rosemary oil. Light the candle. Watch the flame while you steady your breathing. Let your sight unfocus while still watching the candle flame.
Inhale and exhale. Visualize light on your dominant side and darkness on your receptive side. You can visualize actual balls of light and darkness, or experience it as noise versus silence, as two different smells, etc. The point is to have two different energies, one representing light and growth and the other representing darkness and rest.
Inhale and exhale. Bring both energies into your body, the light filling one side of your body and the dark filling the other side. Don’t let the two energies mingle. You are going to balance them, not combine them. Feel the very distinct ways each energy feels. Light will be more energetic and active, maybe even a little restless. Dark will be more muted and softer, it may even make you a little sleepy.
Inhale and exhale. Note how much space each energy takes up in your body. Are they equal sizes or does one take up more space than the other? If so, try stretching out the smaller energy, or squeezing down the larger one so that they are equal. If the energies take up the same space do the same, stretching and squishing the energies to see how the change in balance affects your feelings. Spend a little time manipulating the energies, spending time with each to become familiar with how they interact with you. When you have more light energy how does your body feel? Your skin? Your limbs and inner mind? When there is more dark, how does that make you feel? Spend a few minutes on this part of the meditation, breathing slowly as you do.
Inhale and exhale. Bring the energies back into balance. You can maneuver the energies in several ways, either balancing them along your horizontal or vertical meridian, placing the light energy in your limbs and head and the dark in your torso, or whatever other placement feels the most comfortable. As long as they both take up the same amount of space. Take note of how your body feels once you have the two energies balanced. This will provide guidance at other times when you feel out of balance.
Once you are satisfied with your work. Open your eyes. Wiggle your toes and fingers. Stretch your legs and arms. Roll your head on your neck. Snuff the candle. Eat a nutritious snack and drink some water to complete your grounding.
House blessings are especially important this time of year as we are bringing our harvest in. We also want to ensure we stay safe during the coming colder months. Laying a blessing on your home doesn’t have to be an extended ritual (unless you want it to). It can be as simple as hanging a wreath on your door.
For this house blessing you’ll want an autumn wreath, something made from corn husks or sheaves of wheat to help to amplify the blessing energies. You’ll also want an anointing oil. I like to use one made from olive and rosemary. (I show how to make this anointing oil in my book The Scent of Lemon & Rosemary.)
Start by anointing your wreath with the oil. As you do so you can call on any deities, spirits or guides you work with to bless your home. Hang the wreath on your door and say, “Blessed be this home and all reside within.” Add whatever other blessings you wish such as those for happiness, abundance, good health, etc. Whenever I enter my home, I visualize the wreath showering me with blessings and radiating protective, joyful energies out into the world at large.
Recipe: Slow Cooker Corn Chowder
Sometimes in September you want a hearty soup for dinner but it’s too hot to be cooking on the stove. This is where your slow cooker steps in to help out with the kitchen witchery.
This corn chowder is filled with all the abundance magick goodness you want for a month that sees the last of the garden harvest. It also takes advantage of the sweet corn that is readily available this time of year. Enjoy this chowder by itself or load it up with shredded cheese and oyster crackers.
Corn has properties of abundance and protection, while the potato includes healing energies. The onion brings in energies of protection, money and health. The spices add extra enhancements with the pepper and garlic’s protection properties, and the thyme’s abundance correspondence.
1 lb potatoes (any kind) cut into 1 inch cubes
16 ounces sweet corn (frozen, canned (drained) or fresh)
1/3 c finely diced onion
1 t garlic powder
1 t dried thyme leaves (or 1 T fresh thyme leaves)
1/2 t salt
1/8 t ground white pepper
4 c vegetable broth
5 T butter
5 T all-purpose flour
2 cups milk
- Add the vegetables to the crock pot. Add the seasonings and broth. Stir. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours (or high for 3-4 hours). Once the potatoes are fork tender go on to the next step.
- In a saucepan, melt the butter over medium-low heat. Whisk in the flour and cook, stirring constantly until the mixture is thick and bubbly (about 1 minute). Add the milk slowly and continue stirring until thick and there are no lumps (about 4-5 minutes).
- Stir the milk mixture into the soup. Serve immediately.