Autumn Equinox


September 22, 2018


Ellie Welcoming the Autumn Equinox



Sun in Libra



Happy Birthday to the Crystalinks readers born in Libra.

Libra is a cardinal air sign ruled by Venus.




Libra - Creating Balance - Visualization Exercise




It's starting to feel like autumn in the northeast. The energies, celebrations, and more, speak to your soul of a Time for Change and Transition. As one prepares for the months ahead ... Relationships begin ... Sports abound ... Jobs open up ... Decision are made ... A New Season begins in a Full Moon. Embrace it all with an open heart.

When you have a moment ... relax as you would for mediation.

Play music as guided.

See yourself slowly walking down the path in the image below.

Listen to the sounds of nature and the leaves beneath you feet.

At some point STOP! Close your eyes.

Feel the balance of the Equinox. Your soul stirs. Ask for a message.




In the autumn of the year women took back their power - the Goddess emerged.




September 22 - October 7, 2018

Oktoberfest

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September 23, 2018


Sukkot, Feast of Booths and Tabernacles

Sukkot has a double significance. The one mentioned in the Book of Exodus
is agricultural in nature - "Feast of Ingathering at the year's end" (Exodus 34:22).




September 24, 2018

Full Moon 2° Aries




September 24, 2018

Chinese Mid-Autumn Moon Festival at the time of the Full Harvest Moon

Chinese Mid-Autumn Moon Festival   Google Videos

The Mid-Autumn Festival is a harvest festival
celebrated by ethnic Chinese and Vietnamese people.

Enjoy the holiday if celebrating.




Native American Traditions



Many North American Indian festivals take place. They are
tied to harvest of autumnally ripe foods gathered in the wild.




Mabon


Mabon is celebrated at the time of the Autumn Equinox - The Feast of the Ingathering is a modern Pagan ritual of thanksgiving for the fruits of the earth and a recognition of the need to share them to secure the blessings of the Goddess and the God during the coming winter months. The name Mabon was coined by Aidan Kelly around 1970 as a reference to Mabon ap Modron, a character from Welsh mythology. Among the sabbats, it is the second of the three Pagan harvest festivals, preceded by Lammas / Lughnasadh and followed by Samhain.

Mabon is one of the eight solar holidays or sabbats of American Neopaganism. It is celebrated on the autumn equinox, which in the northern hemisphere is circa September 21 and in the southern hemisphere is circa March 21. Also called Harvest Home, this holiday is a ritual of thanksgiving for the fruits of the Earth and a recognition of the need to share them to secure the blessings of the Goddess and God during the winter months. Among the sabbats, it is the second of the three harvest festivals, preceded by Lammas and followed by Samhain.

Mabon was not an authentic ancient festival either in name or date. The autumn equinox was not celebrated in Celtic countries, while all that is known about Anglo-Saxon customs of that time was that September was known as haleg-monath or 'holy month'.

The name Mabon has only been applied to the neopagan festival of the autumn equinox very recently; the term was invented by Aidan Kelly in the 1970s as part of a religious studies project.

Previously, in Gardnerian Wicca the festival was simply known as the Autumnal Equinox, and many neopagans still refer to it as such, or use alternative titles such as the neo-Druidical Aban Efed, a term invented by Iolo Morgannwg.

The name Mabon was chosen to impart a more authentic-sounding Celtic feel to the event, since all the other festivals either had names deriving from genuine tradition, or had had names grafted on to them. The Spring Equinox had already been misleadingly termed Ostara, and so only the Autumn Equinox was left with a technical rather than an evocative title. Accordingly, the name Mabon was given to it, having been drawn (seemingly at random) from Welsh mythology.

The use of the name Mabon is much more prevalent in America than Britain, where many neopagans are scornfully dismissive of it as a blatantly inauthentic practice. The increasing number of American Neopagan publications sold in Britain by such publishers as Llewellyn has however resulted in some British neopagans adopting the term.

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. Offerings 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 New Year.

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.

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 New Year.

Symbolism of Mabon:
Second Harvest, the Mysteries, Equality and Balance.

Symbols of Mabon:
wine, gourds, pine cones, acorns, grains, corn, apples, pomegranates, vines such as ivy, dried seeds, and horns of plenty.

Herbs of Mabon:
Acorn, benzoin, ferns, grains, honeysuckle, marigold, milkweed, myrrh, passion flower, rose, sage, solomon's seal, tobacco, thistle, and vegetables.

Foods of Mabon:
Breads, nuts, apples, pomegranates, and vegetables such as potatoes, carrots, and onions.

Incense of Mabon:
Autumn Blend-benzoin, myrrh, and sage.

Colors of Mabon:
Red, orange, russet, maroon, brown, and gold.

Stones of Mabon:
Sapphire, lapis lazuli, and yellow agates.

Activities of Mabon:
Making wine, gathering dried herbs, plants, seeds and seed pods, walking in the woods, scattering offerings in harvested fields, offering libations to trees, adorning burial sites with leaves, acorns, and pine cones to honor those who have passed over.

Spellworkings of Mabon:
Protection, prosperity, security, and self-confidence. Also those of harmony and balance.

Mabon is considered a time of the Mysteries. It is a time to honor Aging Deities and the Spirit World. Considered a time of balance, it is when we stop and relax and enjoy the fruits of our personal harvests, whether they be from toiling in our gardens, working at our jobs, raising our families, or just coping with the hussle-bussle of everyday life.

Deities of Mabon:
Goddesses: Modron, Morgan, Epona, Persephone, Demeter, Pamona and the Muses.
Gods: Thoth, Thor, Hermes, and The Green Man.




It all began here





The Goddess spins a Tale of Creation




In the Blink of an Eye Duality was created.

Autumn - We enter the season on Myth, Metaphor, and Magic.

Behold the Magicians who turned night into day and created our story




Duality - Night and Day - God and Goddess




Libra is ruled by Venus and speaks of Love.

The Seasons Speak of Change


Don't be stuck in the illusion of it all.

Your Path will guide you Home




Autumn Reflections


Sit beside me. Share energies. Tell me what is in your heart.













Autumn is a second spring where every leaf is a flower.


Autumn Quotes




Autumn View From Ellie's House


I took this video from my terrace in Brooklyn as the sun set over the Verrazano Bridge, the
the camera panning north to Manhattan, with the World Trade Center in the distance.
Autumn in New York produces similar sunsets every night unless the weather is bad.





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