journal - Mabon

23 September 2022 ☼ journalmabon


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i. On abundance

Lughnasadh has been the first season I’ve tried to take inspiration from, for both my reading and some internal reflection. Named after the god Lugh, it’s traditionall been seen as a time of little, with old crops low and new ones not yet harvested. This is a day to celebrate and contemplate both the first fruits’ and the oncoming, overwhelming abundance.

There’s a lot of a good thing (which I forget to look for), there’s a lot of bad, and then there’s


ii. Mabon

Today’s the start of autumn.

It’s warm, no longer sweltering and uncomfortable, nor too chilly to walk around in shorts. The colours burn, the smells deepen, and the time of comfort eating without the burden of people seeing your tummy has arrived. Today, an equinox, the sun crosses the celestial equator and days become equal to nights in length (I’ve added that to a little seasons glossary). After so many false starts with publishing on this website, it makes sense to start with the best time of the year.

I’ve not been sure how to approach a public journal: what’s worth sharing & what to keep to myself, how long it should be, whether to or send a link to family.

successful harvest and building reserves for winter


iii. before Samhain





43? — Watership Down — Richard Adams, 1979

Literary Taste — Arnold Bennett Over Sea, Under Stone — Susan Cooper Not Quite White — Laila Woozeer The Existentialist Café — Sarah Bakewell Quicksand — Steve Toltz Voices from Chernobyl — Svetlana Alexievich The Overstory — Richard Powers


Brooklyn 99, seasons 1-7


The Sandman: Act I — Neil Gaiman & Dirk Maggs, 2020 — read by full cast The Sandman: Act II — Neil Gaiman & Dirk Maggs, 2021 — read by full cast Ramble Book — Adam Buxton — read by author

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