note: Although this is a Wiccan ritual, it can easily be
adapted to a Druish one...)
In addition to your magickal tools you will need:
· A Red Altar Cloth
· A Wicker Basket
· A Red Apple
· Assorted Fruits and Vegetables of the Second Harvest (Berries,
Squash, Corn, etc)
· A Bell
· A Fallen Tree Branch*
· A Boline
· A Sprig or Two of Ivy
· An Autumn Blend Incense
· Any other Personal items of choice
Sweep area, moving in a deosil (clockwise) manner. Outline
your Circle with a red cord, low vibration stones, or various
Harvest items such as wheat, corn, beans, etc. Set up your
altar and place the red altar cloth over it. At center top,
place the wicker basket, filled with the assorted fruit and
vegetables. Place the apple and the boline on your Pentacle
or a plate. Place the tree branch to the right of the basket.
Place the rest of your tools and props according to your personal
preference. Take a shower or bath for purity. Sit quietly and
meditate to ground and center. When you are ready, begin by
playing some soothing music associated with the Sabbat and
the Circle and call Quarters:
Pick up your Wand in your right hand, face your altar, and
with arms stretched out above your head, say:
honor Thee, Autumn Queen, and Thy consort, the God of the
The Wheel has once more turned, and the change of season
What will be is. What was will be.
The Equinox is upon us, and the time to reflect, at hand.
All time comes together, here and now in this sacred space.
And I, but a moment in time, feel the change as I pass From
one season to the next.
The Second Harvest has been reaped, and the time of rest
Go now My Mother and slumber.
Go now My Father and dream of re-birth.
I shall be here to greet Thee on Your return."
With arms still out-stretched lower your head and close
your eyes. Contemplate what you have just spoken. When
open your eyes and lower your arms. Pick up the apple and
it in the center of the Pentacle/plate. Cut it crosswise
with the Boline, to reveal the natural pentagram at it's
lift half the apple, pentagram up, as if in offering, while
the Wheel turns, the seasons pass, and the years give 'way
To the next,
Guide me most Wise Ones,
Lest I forget
Every beginning has an ending
And every ending is a new beginning."
Take a bite of the apple. Put the rest aside to share
later with the wildlife. Pick up the tree branch and
at each direction, starting with North, saying:
"As the days grow colder,
and the nights last longer,
May I remember the summer past.
With sunlight fading, and hearth inviting,
My memories will warm my soul.
From a season of hard work and hard play,
I hear Mother's voice calling me forward.
While I rest, shall She lull me, with songs of a dream,
As close to Her bosom I cling."
Face the altar and hold the branch out in front of you with
both hands, saying:
"With memories of the summer, least
I never forget,
And aspirings for the colder months to come,
Least I never stop striving,
I honor Thee with this symbol of Nature,
Keeping it and Thee in my home and heart,
That I may see it and pause,
To reflect on the Ancient Mysteries,
Leading me to a better understanding of myself,
And of others, and all that is Life."
Put the tree branch on the altar, into the basket of fruit
so that it sticks out, back in your direction. Contemplate
on the various memory symbols that you have attached to it.
Also contemplate on the various projects for autumn and winter
that you have attached to it. Close your eyes and feel the
seasons pass within the circle from summer to autumn. When
"Between the worlds I stand
in this sacred place.
All time is here and now.
As I leave this circle, the season shall have changed,
And I will have changed with it.
May I use the short time of Winter Finding
To draw the strength and power from within
As I quest for vision, understanding, and peace."
Pick up the sprig(s) of ivy, and wrap around your arms, from
the elbow to the wrist. Pick up the Bell with your right
hand, and ring thrice, to toll the passing of the first 3 seasons
of the year. Now place it in your left hand and ring once
to usher in the 4th and last season of the year. Place the bell
on the altar and the ivy in your cauldron (for burning later).
"In Life is Death, and in
Death is Life.
The Sacred Dance goes on and on
From whence we came, we shall return,
And come again.
Seasons pass, and pass again,
The circle stays unbroken
Heed the words of your child, here,
Through Your wisdom I have spoken."
It is now time for meditation and spellworking. Associated
spellworkings would include those for protection, wealth,
security, and self-confidence. If there is no spellworking, celebrate
with Cakes and Ale, then release the Circle. Clean up. You
are done. Find an appropriate place in your home to display
the decorated tree branch.
a fallen tree branch. It need not be a large one, for it
will adorn your altar, then go on display in your home.
The more smaller offshoots from the main branch, the better.
Mine has four, which I think is awesome! Next, take a couple
of pine cones, small shells, dried flowers, or any other item
that reminds you of the late spring-summer months. With some
string, tie each to the offshoots. Also take yarn or ribbon
of yellows, oranges, reds, and gold and tie one end to the
offshoots. Then, on very thin strips of (colored) paper, write
down some projects to work on during the upcoming 'dark'
months. Wrap these around the offshoots (like little cocoons)
and tie closed with silver thread. These you will open over
the next couple of months when you start feeling lethargic
or without a sense of direction. I tie on a couple of small
bells, to add some ambiance to my ritual...
ritual and the accompanying activity planner are dedicated
to MadaRua, as she gracefully transcends from one season of
Life to the next. Our prayers and blessings are with you...
--Adapted by Akasha Ap Emrys to share with all her friends
and those of like mind--
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