The Autumn Equinox is right around the corner (September 23, 2014 this year), known as Mabon to some groups.It celebrates when day and night are equal- which is where the meaning derives from ‘equinox’, from Latin, meaning ‘equal night’.
This is also Second Harvest, where Lammas celebrating harvest of the grains, Second Harvest celebrates the harvest of the fruits. Apples are predominant this time of year, as well as berries, and tomatoes (which are also a fruit).
This is also a time of balance, between light and dark, but also anticipating the darker months to come. It’s a time to prepare for winter, while celebrating all that you received in bounty.
Share stories. Through the years, my group will enjoy story time from members. We share stories of our year, and I had them once, celebrating a bragging-and-boasting session where they could brag about some marvelous thing they did in the year.
Members can pass an acorn, wand, talking stick, or drinking horn to share their stories.
You can also share myths such as the Persephone myth, or Innana’s Descent.
Feasting. This is always a ‘must’ in my opinion for any harvest. It’s a communal feast, where everyone shares their food, and enjoys one another’s company.
Apple bread recipe
Apple Berry Mulled Wine
Work on Autumn Themed Crafts. These are always fun, to make your own décor for the season, but to add a bit of magick in what you do. The following crafts can be done in ritual, or add a chant, infuse with intention, or write runes/wishes.
Apple Candle Holders. These are incredibly easy to make, and use in Mabon ritual. You can incorporate them into a blessing, where members light a candle to share their blessings from the year.
Leaf Sun Catcher– Add wishes and hang near your threshold.
Autumn Leaf Bowls– I’ve done this craft, its very easy. You need paper clay, and leaves. I used leaves from my Concord Grape Arbor. Roll out the clay, lay the leaf and roll over it so it leaves an impression. While the leaves remains in the clay, cut out the edges. Peel the leaf away, then lay your shaped clay over a small bowl. You could make this with leaves and modge podge, laid over a small bowl as well.
Hearth Lanterns. My group did this in ritual, decorating our jars, infusing them with hope and energy, and they get set somewhere near your threshold to welcome in good energies. You’ll need a jar, modge podge (it’s a thin glue that dries clear), leaves, or other things you’d like glued to your jar, paint (you can add to the glue to give a tinted glass look, and wire or string to hang it. Infuse with energy/intention, and set at the threshold of your house.
Cinnamon Ornaments– Shape into magical things, and hang around your house for a lovely apple cinnamon scent and added magick.
I also plan for the next season by listing a ‘to-do’ list. For instance, with winter coming, I would add things like crafts to make, books to read, events to attend, projects to do, and goals. Just because it’s the dead of winter doesn’t mean we hibernate.
What things are your favorite things to do for Autumn?
Book Assignment: Paste dried leaves on a page, or use leaves as stamps. You can even make rubbings. Now list blessings and intentions for the coming months.