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CASTLES, IDEAS & THE EQUINOX

First off, I have got to say that the season premiere of ‘CASTLE’ was amazing! Seeing Castle and Beckett together again was great. Last season ended with Richard Castle telling Kate Beckett that there was something new in her mother’s murder case–this season opened with the two of them not speaking and once again being forced to work together even though Beckett didn’t want anything to do with Castle because he broke her trust about the case. The episode ended with Castle apologizing and Beckett telling him that she would see him in the morning. ^_^ The dynamic between the actors is amazing and the characters compliment each other so well! It is going to be a great fun season I think.

And now, on to my story idea; it’s not totally original, but then again what is in faerie tales? I was thinking about Cinderella and I wondered what the story would look like if Elle (Cinderella) and the Prince had been friends when they were young children. What if Elle had loved the Prince all along? What if he had loved her too but thought that she had died in the same carriage accident that had claimed her father? What if she had been found by her stepmother and forced into a life of slavery? What kind of faerie tale would we have? I don’t have the answer (yet) but I still wonder….

….plus today is the autumn equinox or the first day of Fall. It changes from year to year like the solstices and the spring equinox, but the autumnal one brings change–even though it may not feel like it. To pagans, it is known as Mabon or in the school district that I have been placed, Harvestide. It is a time of balance where light and dark are equal.

This day has been celebrated for millennial all around the world. In Greece they celebrated the grape harvest, China celebrates honouring family unity and of course there is Oktoberfest. The whole harvest season is a time to give thanks–and us Canadians follow suit. It is the time of year to celebrate the gifts of the earth, we also accept that the soil is dying. We have food to eat, but the crops are brown and going dormant. Warmth is behind us, cold lies ahead. Some symbols of Mabon include squashes and gourds, apples, seeds, baskets, sickles, grapes and wine.

There are also many myths about the changing of summer to winter, there is the myth of Demeter and Persephone. When Persephone was stolen Demeter fell into despair and winter befell the land. Zeus arranged for Persephone to spend half the year with her mother and half in the underworld with Hades and thus the Greek warm and cold seasons are explained. There is the Sumerian myth of Inanna who descends into the underworld which signals the coming of cold.

There is so much more, and it can all be found where I got my information; aboutpagan.com which is a wonderful website.

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