begins with a subtle change in the light,
with skies a deeper
and nights that become suddenly clear
The season comes full with the first frost,
disappearance of migrant birds,
and the harvesting of the season's
~~ Jerry Dennis & Glenn
(pronounced MAY-bun, MAY-bone, MAH-boon, or MAH-bawn) is
the Autumn Equinox. The Autumn Equinox divides the day
and night equally, and we all take a moment to pay our
to the impending dark. We also give thanks to the waning
sunlight, as we store our harvest of this year's crops.
The Druids call
this celebration, Mea'n Fo'mhair, and honor the The Green
Man, the God of the Forest, by offering libations to trees.
of ciders, wines, herbs and fertilizer are appropriate at
this time. 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.
Various other names for this Lesser Wiccan Sabbat are The
Second Harvest Festival, Wine Harvest, Feast of Avalon, Equinozio
di Autunno (Strega), Alben Elfed (Caledonii), or Cornucopia.
The Teutonic name, Winter Finding, spans a period of time from
the Sabbat to Oct. 15th, Winter's Night, which is the Norse
At this festival it is appropriate to wear all of your finery
and dine and celebrate in a lavish setting. It is the drawing
to and of family as we prepare for the winding down of the
year at Samhain. It is a time to finish old business as we
ready for a period of rest, relaxation, and reflection.
--Adapted by Akasha Ap Emrys to share with all her friends
and those of a like mind.
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" Autumn is the eternal corrective.
It is ripeness and color
and a time of maturity;
but it is also breadth, and depth,
What man can stand with autumn on a hilltop
and fail to see the span of his world
and the meaning of
the rolling hills that reach to the far horizon?"
~~ Hal Borland ~~