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TSP's 2018 Autumn Equinox Playlist

 

by Denise Cruci, HPS of North Wyldewood Coven

 

Cooler temperatures. Reds, oranges, yellows, greenish-yellow, and Browns colors explode from gnarled tree branches. Seed pods fall amongst wet sidewalks and dying grasses. Royal blue skies give way to pale blue and grey clouds. The Earth births the abundant harvest of vegetables, squashes, pumpkins, potatoes, onions, and fruits of apple and grape varieties. It’s the season where Nature lets go and prepares to gather-in and rest. It is time for the second harvest!

 

A Time Of Balance

For us, we are busy! Busy enjoying the last warm and sunny days outdoors with friends. Busy with Fall-only fun activities here in the Northeast: Apple picking, visiting vineyards, getting kids outside after school, hitting the farmers’ markets. Busy getting what we’ll need for the colder months: buying winter boots and jacket, storing summer gear, and making repairs to our homes. 

 

With all of our comings and goings, there is a balance we can recognize if we stop a take a moment to be present in the season. The Equinox day is when light and dark is roughly the same length. After this the evening/night will darken earlier until the solstice. Remember to find the balance within you. Some songs on this list sing about everything having its season because life is a cycle. That’s why the Sabbats are called The Wheel Of the Year.

 

Pagan Thanksgiving - A Time of Gratitude

Just like in the spring, I like to throw my windows open, let in the fresh air, and, dance ‘n’ sing while cleaning! I do a purge (it’s never-ending) and although it’s difficult to let go sometimes it’s the best thing to do. Then I do a big spiritual cleansing not because I think anyone’s “out to harm me”, but because energy gets stale and stuck in places, plus I remove some basic House magicks and freshen them up. 

 

After all that, I take a breather (I’m very fond of resting). Mabon is also a time to take stock of what you have in your life, what you set out to accomplish this year, and, which dreams you had to let go. Sometimes that comes with a twinge of sadness. Songs on this list also have a flavor of resignation. It’s ok to feel sad. Many deities start their process of going to the underworld and there is sadness at what is lost. At Samhain I’ll write more about the Underworld and darkness. However, the Dark Place is not our permanent residence. There is hope, if you chose to embrace it. Invite friends over and share what you have accomplished. A pot luck is perfect for that!

 

Celebrate & Be Present

It’s also the season of Pumpkin Spice! So grab a cup, get some pungent cheeses, stuffed grape leaves, olives, sliced crisp apples, a blanket and a friend and head out to the countryside, the public park, or even your rooftop to enjoy the autumn air. Sit back and listen to the playlist.

 

The Playlist 

These songs are my choices. Some are are also from Ozark Paganmama’s Autumn Equinox Playlist. If you don’t like them or don’t agree, feel free to make your own. It’s even better for you!

https://itunes.apple.com/us/playlist/autumn-equinox-mabon/pl.u-4JomXqNIaM7zR2 

 

Blessed Mabon!

Denise, HPS, North Wyldewood Coven

TSP's 2018 Lughnasadh and Lammas Playlist

by Denise, HPS of North Wyldewood Coven

 

Reaping Seeds We Have Sown

The start of the Harvest is upon us! 

 

I can not believe it’s already here. Harvest is both literal and magickal. Lughnasadh (Celtic/Irish) or Lammas (General Wiccan/Pagan) is the first of 3 Harvest festivals each with a different focus. In TSP we call this sabbat Lughnasadh and mark it with story telling, games and homebaked foods in ritual. 

 

We are now reaping the early benefits of what we have sown at Spring Equinox. 

 

Maybe you have a little garden and some veggies and berries are ripening for eating. I have a Fire Escape Garden. #BrooklynLife We just ate the first two yellow cherry tomatoes. Delish! 

 

Or maybe the seed you planted was more of a spiritual and/or spell-working in nature. The path to receiving what you desire may have been positively smooth and you’re doing the Happy Dance of “Oh yeahhhh! I got it!” Celebrate! But don’t forget to offer thanks to whomever you called upon to aid you (Universe, Goddess and God, Brid, Thor, Demeter, Freya, etc). 

 

Sometimes our journey to harvesting is a lot more rocky. You put things in motion with your idea. You are then tempered by the transforming Fire of actions. It hammers us into form. That can be painful. The saying “That which does not kill you makes you stronger” is about persevering in the face of challenges. Maybe you needed to go through certain actions in order for you to be ready for the next stage and then onto manifestation. Self-care, rest and moving forward through any dark places you may encounter is important to keep in mind. 

 

Also, stop and appreciate your own journey up to this point. It’s good to pause and take stock of what you have achieved and plan for how you should proceed from here to reap your full Harvest. 

The Playlist

As always, some of these songs are from Ozark Pagan Mama’s list. Please feel free to explore her blog! This sabbat’s Playlist is shorter than the last one. 

Enjoy!

 

  1. Circle Casting Song (feat. Susan Falkenrath) by Reclaiming
  2. Lughnasadh by Damh the Bard
  3. Lughnasadh Dance by Damh the Bard
  4. We All Come from the Goddess/Hoof and Horn by Reclaiming
  5. By the Earth by Elaine Silver
  6. Sun King by Reclaiming
  7. Lammas by Lisa Thiel
  8. The Harvest by Rick Hamouris
  9. Thank You Mother by Killianna
  10. Horned One by Buffalo
  11. In the Spirit of the Earth by Mothertongue
  12. Harvest Moon by Neil Young
  13. Heartbeat of Harvest (Lughnasadh) by Cernunnos Rising
  14. Lughnasadh by Omnia

 

 

To Listen to the Full Playlist, click HERE

 

Harvest Blessings to you,

Denise, HPS

NWC

 

 

Pagan Playlists - Summer Solstice 2018 Edition

by Denise, HPS of North Wyldewood Coven

This season’s playlist is filled with the joyous freedom and heat of the summer sun, and, the sensuous magick of moonlit sultry nights. 

Fire, Power, Vitality, Creativity, Magick, the Fae - Good Folk - Shining Ones, Desire and Passion, Death in Life

When anything reaches its peak what follows is a descent. In this case, on the Summer Solstice the Sun is closest to those of us here in the Northern Hemisphere, and, at the peak of its power; however, after its 3-day stand still its power will diminish “...and go into the West.” Slowly. And then at the Winter Solstice it will be at its lowest point. If you mark the time of sunrise in a Journal you will become more aware of this annual occurrence. Nothing lasts forever for everything has its time and place in the great Cycle. So live in the present and make the most of your time: follow your bliss, live your truth, and “gather ye rosebuds while ye may.” 

Summer is the time of year that kids have off of school (except for my school), families plan vacations ... and teachers too! Some workplaces have summer hours on Fridays with a casual dress code. Men and women expose more skin to tan and/or find relief from the heat. Picnics, parks, beaches and pools, barbecues, amusement parks that offer thrills, and, vacation trips providing adventure. These are all getaways to another place, an “Otherworld” of sorts. 

Speaking of the Otherworld, just like at Beltane and Samhain, Midsummer’s Eve opens the door to that magickal realm of fae, elementals, spirits and ancestors, and gods. So be courteous to those you meet during this time. You never know. But being rude to the Good Folk and Others is NEVER a good idea.

 

The Playlist

Festival season has started in the Pagan world as well and when you’re on the road to join a spiritual community for friendships, workshops, shopping, and the awesome Fire Circles, you want to transition smoothly from one world to the other. 

You will notice that in this music selection I made some mundane (non-pagan) choices. Even the mundane is filled with magicks! One life is not separate from the other. So there are a few show tunes (Hair), Grunge (Eddie Vedder and Blind Melon), country, folk, rock, along with pagan tunes in this sabbat’s playlist. 

To listen to the full list, click here!

 

Enjoy! Glad Midsommar to you!

-- Denise

 

  1. Stolen Child by Loreena McKennitt
  2. Urd - Naturen’s Erindring by Eliwagar
  3. Sunrise Fire Drums by David and Steve Gordon
  4. I Am the Fire by Abbi Spinner McBride
  5. Sabbat by Damh the Bard
  6. Now Welcom Somer by Mediaeval Baebes
  7. Litha Lisa Thiel
  8. Undrentide by Mediaeval Baebes
  9. Fairies Stole My Keys by Emerald Rose
  10. Rise With the Fire by Reclaiming
  11. Bewitched by Sharon Knight
  12. Burn, Fire by Mothertongue
  13. Come and Dance by Spiral Rhythm
  14. Come to the Dance by Emerald Rose
  15. Come My Sweet by Mediaeval Baebes
  16. Dance, My Children, Dance by Spiral Rhythm
  17. Dance of the Goddess by Jenna Greene
  18. Dance of the Trolls by Mediaeval Baebes
  19. In the Name of the Dance by S.J. Tucker
  20. Daughters of the Earth by Kellianna
  21. Deity by Wendy Rule
  22. Going Up the Country by Canned Heat
  23. Faerie Glen by Kiva
  24. Fire Transform Me by Kellianna
  25. For Love of All Who Gather by S.J. Tucker
  26. Firepit Drumming by Moonstruck
  27. Magic of the Goddess by Shining Wheel Pagan Chorus
  28. Fireleap by Michelle Mays
  29. No Rain by Blind Melon
  30. The Oak by Spiral Dance
  31. O Ma Ma Ma by Abbi Spinner McBride
  32. Scarborough Fayre by Mediaeval Baebes
  33. Pagan Girl by Emerald Rose
  34. Sippin On Fire by Florida Georgia Line
  35. Solstice Call by Gaia Consort
  36. Summertime by Janis Joplin
  37. Sun King by Reclaiming
  38. Sunshine & Whiskey by Frankie Ballard
  39. Three Little Birds by Bob Marley and The Wailers
  40. Vacation by The Go-Go’s
  41. Noon of the Solstice by Damh the Bard
  42. Walking on Sunshine by Katrina and The Waves
  43. Watch It Burn by Mothertongue
  44. Witch’s Reel by Kellianna
  45. The Woods and the Rivers Are Silent by Mediaeval Baebes
  46. Song of Fey Cross by Three Weird Sisters
  47. Wunjo by Wardruna
  48. Anthem to the Sun by Deborah Hamouris
  49. Gypsy Heart by Featherscale
  50. Havella by Susanne Lundeng
  51. The Hills They Are Hollow by Damh the Bard
  52. The Willow Maid by Erutan
  53. Hard Sun by Eddie Vedder
  54. Sleepyhouse by Blind Melon
  55. Sister Sunshine by Omnia
  56. Taglio! by S.J. Tucker
  57. Marco Polo by Loreena McKennitt
  58. Incantations  by Babatunde Olatunji
  59. Shango by Dragon Ritual Drummers
  60. Serpentine Seduction by Dragon Ritual Drummers
  61. Aquarius Galt MacDermot & Tom Pierson
  62. Good Morning Starshine Galt MacDermot & Tom Pierson

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