Cultural Celebration: The Autumnal Equinox

by Lorna

Mabon and harvest celebrations

The Autumnal Equinox is upon us again, and so begins the season of color, cold remedies, and of course, Halloween.  The 2014 equinox occurs on September 23rd, but there’s no reason celebrations can’t begin a little early.

In ancient traditions, this time of almost equal day and night was observed in a variety of unique and interesting ways, by the spiritual-minded and irreverent alike.  Just a few of these jubilations included the burning of large wicker sculpture, the telling of ancestral tales, and the gathering of communal feasts featuring traditional Fall harvest foods.  In many cultures, the equinox represented the time of the second harvest, a season of plenty before the harsh onset of winter. In fact, a number of modern pagan religions still celebrate their equinox holiday, called Mabon, in lieu of a western Thanksgiving.

 celebrating the pagan fall holidays

Some fun ways to revel that hearken back to our old world beginnings include:

1. holding community bonfires

2. picking apples, pumpkins, or pears

3. creating music or drum circles

4. participating in wine bottling or tasting parties

5. organizing outdoor yoga, meditation, or reiki sessions that focus on balance

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by Lorna

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