I reap the harvest for the work I've done. I enjoy the fruits of my labors.
Stone Sapphire Holiday Mabon
Flower Aster Fruit Banana
Incense Cinnamon Goddess Demeter, Ceres, Gaia
Color Brown God Adonis, Jupiter, Thor
I am the Harvester, the Reaper of Grain,
And all that has ripened is in my domain
Herbs and flowers and honey are mine
And nuts and grain and fruit on the vine
I picked and I plucked, taking only the best
I strip the fields so they can rest
I shake the trees and they are bare, too
But I cannot rest; I still have much to do
The lessons of Karma completed and won
Must be reaped, too, before I am done
And as I gather, each spirit is blessed
And furthered doing in Cosmic success.
Author Dorothy Morrison -
The Vine month is a time of great harvest
In the cool Celtic climate, the Grape Vine required much care in order to bear fruit and became symbolic of sacred knowledge and spiritual initiation, as well as a symbol of sensuality and emotions. The Vine of the Ogham Alphabet is the Grape Vine. Sacred to the deities, grapes were (and are still) used in the making of wine, allowing those who indulge to speak with truth...at least as they perceive it to be...and to release inhibitions. Wine was also once used to stimulate prophecy in the seers by allowing such sages to reach deep within their inner selves, with intuition acting as their guide.
Vine corresponds to the time of harvest and completion. Grapes though not native to the Celtic regions, became embraced as the most important ingredient in winemaking, and are associated with the smiling, leafy Green Man. The fruits of the vine are integral to celebrations worldwide, and as our crops mature, why not celebrate your prosperity during the harvest season? Pour a glass of wine or grape juice and place it within a small grapevine wreath found at a craft store.
Light any candle the color of the autumn leaves. List all the good things you've harvested in your life so far this year. When you are finished with this celebration, pour the remaining wine on the earth as an offering of thanks. Raise your glass and before you sip, repeat the following charm:
I raise my glass and make a toast,
The vine month brings a harvest to boast,
My gratefulness for the year's abundance,
I give my thanks with greatest reverence.