September 2008 News from Handfastings.org
Happy Autumn Equinox!
Growing by Leaps and Bounds

Welcome New Officiants

A hearty harvest welcome to our newest officiants listed on Handfastings.org.  They hail from California, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, and Texas.  We have even just added our first female independent Catholic Priest.  Merry meet and welcome all!
As always, you can check out our ever-growing family of officiants here.

Family Planning

Artemisia Shira Tarantino Exciting news - the founder of Handfastings.org, Artemisia Shira Tarantino, is pregnant!  Due to my being sick during the first (and part of the second) trimester, I was unable to produce the July and August newsletters, hence, the long wait for this one.

I'd also like to thank everyone for your much appreciated patience in having waited to be listed on the site.  My due date is January 22nd.  This will be our first child.  I'll keep you posted!
Handfastings (R) is Trademarked!

In legal news...

Handfastings MagazineHandfastingsregistered trademark Publications has been accepted as a legal trademark by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.   HandfastingsArtemisia Shira Tarantino can now be used by us to produce publications, periodicals and magazines.  We plan to use this to produce our very own cutting edge publication about handfastings, Pagan weddings, and Pagan- and Nature-friendly wedding officiants. 

We are currently determining content, deadlines, distribution and budget.  Call for submissions will follow shortly after our strategic plan has been finalized.

Happy Mabon and Harvest Celebrations
by Shira
Autumnal Equinox is Here

Mabon apple Mabon, the Sabbat (hallowed cross quarter) of the Autumnal Equinox, is the second harvest of three (Lugnassad, Mabon, Samhain).  This year it is celebrated on September 22nd, after the shift is made from Virgo to Libra.  The equinox is a time of balance; the light and darkness of Mabon's day and night are equal. 

Mabon embodies the earth's waning life - leaves begin to fall and plants are ready to be harvested.  The full moon closest to the Autumn Equinox is appropriately named the Harvest Moon (or sometimes the Barley Moon) and farmers would harvest their crops by moonlight as a part of the second harvest celebration.  Mabon is a great time to perform kitchen magick: apples are picked, fruits and vegetables are canned, and breads are baked as we prepare for the cold months ahead.   Food is prepared with care while being imbued with harvest spells and good blessings to carry us through the winter.

The air becomes crisp as we begin spending more time at home with family, and we are thankful for this year's bountiful harvest.  We are entering the waning time of the year when we begin to look inward and reflect upon our lives.  Wiccans celebrate the aging Goddess as she passes from Mother to Crone, and her consort the God as he prepares for death and re-birth.

Happy Mabon from Handfastings.org!

Link back to Handfastings.org.  If we've added your website to our officiant list, or even if you just really dig our site, link back to Handfastings.org.  The more reciprocal links the better!

Handfastings.org wants to know what you think.  Please email me at shira@handfastings.org and let me know if you have any suggestions, ideas, or corrections.  I'm all ears.

As always, Handfastings.org remains a free service to all.  I look forward to hearing back from you.  Have a blessed Mabon!

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The mission of Handfastings.org is to link people in the Pagan and Wiccan communities with ordained officiants who perform Handfastings, Wedding Ceremonies, Commitment Ceremonies, Sacred Unions and other Rites of Passage and celebrations.

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Artemisia Shira Tarantino

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