Tarot Blog Hop : Autumn Myths

Here we are again, the time of harvests, myths, Blog Hops and Mabon. Fàilte!


Welcome to my entry for the time of Mabon. We’ve been asked this time to incorporate the Myths that we’re accustomed to at this time of the year.

Major 12 - The Mirror
Major 12 – The Mirror

Myths and legends form a part of our lives, even if we don’t realise at the time that they are. Mabon has several myths about it and one in particular comes from the Corn. First of all, a quick explanation of Mabon. Mabon is the second of the three harvests (also known as the Autumn Equinox, where day and night are of equal length) and when the grains are harvested.

Harvest Corn Wreath

I find it somewhat unbelievable that this myth was practised at my Christian primary school (the school I attended from when I was aged 7 until I escaped at 11) and it was to make corn dollies from the last sheaf of the harvest, to bring luck for the future harvests. The last sheaf would be fashioned into  other talismans were fashioned. It was hoped that the family who made the corn dollie would be blessed with good fortune. It may not necessarily be a dolly either, it could be in the shape of a broom, a braided wreath or other handicraft objects.

Major 10 The Wheel
Major 10
The Wheel

I recall buying such objects at the school faire later in my life and recalling the luck I hoped to have in the coming months. I don’t have any of those items now, which I think is a shame but I recall that they’re supposed to be burned at some point, Lammas the following year, if I recall but it’s been ages since I’ve explored or acted on this myth.

I find it calming somehow, to think that my ancestors would sit by a fire, making pretty corn wreaths or something else of an evening by a fire, keeping warm, placing luck and good will for a full year ahead of where they were now, wishing for a good year as this one heads towards Samhain. Myths or not, it is comforting.

I love that The Mirror is reflecting on what has gone past, whilst The Wheel signifies the changes that are happening in our environment.

What things do you wish for now, for the coming year? What good luck are you willing to send out? Paying it forward isn’t as young as I thought it was!

Thank you for stopping by! I’d love to see some comments to show you’ve visited!



  1. Karen Sealey September 22, 2013 at 19:31

    Typical of Christians… keeping the old ways under different names 😉 I’m going to have a think about what I’d like pay forward…

    • Louise September 22, 2013 at 19:49

      I’ve two more Pay it Forwards to deliver for 2013 🙂

      • Karen Sealey September 22, 2013 at 20:02

        I tend to do the random on a whim… so might be nice to plan a few… 😉

        • Louise September 22, 2013 at 21:41

          Planning a few is a good idea 🙂

          • Karen Sealey September 22, 2013 at 21:43

            I’ll give a go… but I make no promises… 😉

          • Louise September 22, 2013 at 22:15

            Who said anything about promises?? I promised 5 people in the new year – only 2 more to do 😉

      • Karen Sealey September 22, 2013 at 22:19

        No one… I’m just insuring against my absent mindedness… I get very easily sidetracked… 😀 oooh…. look…. shiny things! 😀

        • Louise September 22, 2013 at 22:39

          *LOL* So make 5 shiny things and just send ’em out when you feel like it 😉

          • Karen Sealey September 22, 2013 at 22:41

            Genius!! 😀 I like that 😀

          • Louise September 23, 2013 at 23:04

            I try to be clever – don’t always manage it, but I DO try! 🙂

  2. Bonnie September 22, 2013 at 19:52

    Nice post! To answer your question re paying it forward, my latest thing (just started yesterday) is to bless the money I send out to pay for bills. I started with blessing quarters I was feeding into the washing machine, lol. It feels nice to send money out with the hope that it will bring goodness to other beings who receive it, even if it’s going to a big company — then I think in terms of the individuals who make up that company and the hope that my money will bring good karma to them to help them make good, wise decisions and to be happy and content and spread that content to others…

    • Louise September 22, 2013 at 21:10

      That’s a unique thing to do, Bonnie and I hadn’t thought of paying it forward in that way 🙂

  3. Olivia September 22, 2013 at 21:08

    Well, you know, I love everything you said! 🙂 I find it fascinating to try to tease apart the strands of history and see just how much old tradition has survived into the present… we have to salvage it, but it’s there. Your straw dollies are a cool manifestation of that!

    • Louise September 22, 2013 at 21:12

      It makes me want to find some corn sheafs and weave it until I make something of use! Of course, at the current moment I would like to do that with the cables the ISP seem incapable of routing me around, but I shall try and remain calm 😉

      • Olivia September 23, 2013 at 15:26

        hahahah, I hope your internet problems resolve soon!!

        • Louise September 23, 2013 at 22:55

          They resolve as we cancel the contract and give them 30 days…. Typical!! 🙂

  4. Margo September 22, 2013 at 21:38

    Another lovely post, Louise. I’m a bit random when it comes to paying forward but will think on more soundly, I think. Am really loving my own delve into The Wild Wood. Happy Mabon!

    • Louise September 22, 2013 at 21:40

      That’s great Margo! I haven’t done any Tarot work this evening, enjoying the Blog Hop but I will do doing a Samhain spread from the book at Samhain 🙂

  5. Arwen September 23, 2013 at 01:07

    The renaming has caused me a great deal of laughter. My best friend is Christian and gets my paganism. She called me once utterly disgusted. Her daughter’s grade school had banned Halloween for the pagan heinous fuckery it apparently was. In its place?

    A harvest festival

    Yes, we both howled over that one. D:

    • Louise September 23, 2013 at 22:57

      *LOL* I’m chuckling at that one! After an evening of FTP, .htcaccess files and changing just a little code which has left me frazzled, I’ve enjoyed a quick giggle, thanks 🙂

  6. Jenna | Queen of Wands Tarot September 23, 2013 at 01:20

    Lovely! I love corn dollies, too! I want to pay forward abundance for those in need, so much energy has been tied up around these and I want it to blossom and fly

    • Louise September 23, 2013 at 23:13

      You’re the only one in your life that can do that Jenna, so go and make it happen: weave what you need (the dollie) and send it along as good will 🙂

  7. Joanna Ash September 23, 2013 at 05:22

    hahaha! I am Catholic but I’ve never known about this cord dollies thingy. That corn wreath pic looks so pretty. Love your post Louise.

    • Louise September 23, 2013 at 22:59

      I love Corn wreaths, I wish I could have some hanging around the house 🙂

  8. Christiana Gaudet September 23, 2013 at 13:07

    My mother (the American minister’s wife) collected corn dollies! Each time she visited Great Britian she came back with at least one.

    Great post!

    • Louise September 23, 2013 at 23:00

      I miss going to harvest craft fayres – must try and find some near me 🙂

  9. Jordan Hoggard September 23, 2013 at 20:47

    Great line about the mirror reflecting the past and the Wheel signifying changes in the (personal, collective) environment. Funny about the Christian school experience. 3rd to 5th grade and I was in a Catholic private school and I was Methodist. 4th grade and Sr. Lupe raps me on the knuckles with a ruler for getting a 99 on a test because “You can do SO MUCH BETTER!” So, the next week I impishly brought my Tarot cards for show and tell. Red-faced in rage she ran me out of the class screeching. I wish we had just made corn dolls. Thanks for your story! 🙂

    • Louise September 23, 2013 at 23:02

      99 in a test and you can do “so much better” ?! SO glad you bought your cards in for her! 🙂

  10. alison cross September 24, 2013 at 10:43

    I’m very fond of The Mirror image, it’s so evocative, isn’t it?

    We used to make corn dollies too – I doubt whether I could remember how to make one now. Kids do all their stuff these days with wee plastic tubes and turn them into keyrings lol!

    Ali x

    • Louise September 24, 2013 at 12:07

      Ach, lost my comment! I never learned to make corn dollies but some of the designs I’ve had over the years have been very detailed, intricate and beautiful 🙂

      The Mirror card is great for meditating and self journeying – perfect for doing a bit of reflecting at this time of year 🙂

  11. Joanne Sprott September 25, 2013 at 04:05

    Great post, and great conversation in the comments! I feel for your .htaccess file issue, Louise. I ran into that one when I switched one site from old host to new. I find my paying it forward is pretty random, but based on the feel of the moment and the people in it. It works. And two of my fav Wildwood cards!

    I never ran into that corn wrapping thing. Probably move too much as a child. But, yes, the Christians are very good at selective co-opting of pagan ways. I always smile at the bunnies and eggs thing at Easter/Ostara. 🙂

    • Louise September 25, 2013 at 07:44

      I’ve found I’m paying it forward to the people I’ve got on my list when I’ve got things ready and feel its time. Like I’ve been waiting in the wings 😉

  12. AndybC September 25, 2013 at 16:53

    All things get re-cycled Louise, myths and all. I used to find it odd at a Catholic boys’ school we were made to dance around a maypole – albeit, I don’t dance, so never did. Lovely reflection and entry 🙂

    • Louise September 25, 2013 at 17:04

      Yeah, the Maypole dancing is rather Pagan, isn’t it? I hadn’t thought of it like that until your comment 🙂

  13. Cassandra September 26, 2013 at 17:00

    I love your story of pagan traditions in a Christian setting. It shows it’s all connected.

    • Louise September 26, 2013 at 23:02

      It does but it also shows that one religion can claim supremacy and achieve it if they’re not challenged. Education is important 🙂

  14. Minnah October 4, 2013 at 20:01

    I love this site and tarot.

    Greetings from Sweden.


    • Louise October 4, 2013 at 20:44

      Thank you for the kind comments and for stopping by, Minnah 🙂

  15. Chloe October 14, 2013 at 15:51

    It is hilarious how schools do such pagan things, with nary a comment on the how or why of it 🙂 I love the idea of paying things forward, next stop on that front is I’m going to run another giveaway – sharing the love! I adore the balance shown in that Wheel card, the turning of the days and seasons…

    • Louise October 14, 2013 at 17:44

      Yes, and as a child, you don’t realise the tradition is older than the religion!! But ce-la-ve 😉

      Paying it forward is a great idea, I love it 🙂

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