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Plans for Mabon/Autumn Eqinox
« on: September 22, 2018, 07:14:43 am »
So, for those that will be celebrating Malbon/Autumn Equinox this weekend, what are everyone's plans for it? How do you like to celebrate or mark the holiday?

For me, I was a little caught off guard as I knew the equinox was to fall on the 23rd here in Ireland, but I didn't realise it would be in the early hours of the morning, so I had originally planned to celebrate tomorrow evening, but after realising the equinox will happen at around 4am tonight for me, I've moved my plans up to this evening to be closer to the time.

My festivities include baking some rubarb chelsea buns with vanilla mascarpone (recipe from here: https://www.cloudykitchen.com/blog/2018/6/18/rhubarb-sticky-buns-with-vanilla-bean-mascarpone-frosting) I've never made these before so fingers crossed they turn out well. I plan to head to the local market soon to get the ingredients plus pick up some pagan books that have finally come into my local library, come home and make the dough.

While it's proving for an hour and a half I'm going to give my kitchen/living area (which I'll use as my sacred space later) a good clean. During the second prove of the dough I'll cleans my work space, cleanse myself, and set up my alter with some seasonal fruit and veg from the market too.

After that I plan to hold a thanksgiving ritual/meditation where I focus on the good things that have happened so far this year and give thanks for them, and visualize what I want to see happening in the future and how I can achieve that. My baked goods will serve as an offering, then I'm gonna eat some and possibly watch Practical Magic, an old favorite from my childhood. So yeah, busy day ahead but very excited as this will be the first holiday I have consciously observed in a long time.

I'd love to hear how other people celebrate the holiday and what works for you!




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Re: Plans for Mabon/Autumn Eqinox
« Reply #1 on: September 22, 2018, 08:23:53 am »
So, for those that will be celebrating Malbon/Autumn Equinox this weekend, what are everyone's plans for it? How do you like to celebrate or mark the holiday?

*snip*

I'd love to hear how other people celebrate the holiday and what works for you!

     I was just on my way over here to make this exact post, albeit mine would have been a bit shorter :P I don't have the same lovely tale telling abilities you do :P

     I was unaware that the Equinox fell today until YESTERDAY. But I had already made sure Gareth made plans to Be Out Of The House after I am done work (early!) so I can do a deep clean. Which works! Its almost a full moon here, so this deep clean will help me prep for the first in what I hope to be a long series of self-informative active meditation sessions.

     Since I don't have an active path of worship yet I'm spending a little time focusing on me. Self worship until a deity gets sick of watching that and gives me a hint, and if that doesn't happen I plan to move my worship outwards from me to people in general. But thats a ramble I don't have time for, also that is off topic in this thread :P

What else is crack-a-lackin' this Equinox guys!?

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Re: Plans for Mabon/Autumn Eqinox
« Reply #2 on: September 22, 2018, 02:59:16 pm »
How do you like to celebrate or mark the holiday?

It's also my birthday, so my general goals involve doing something fun, and having good food and good conversation somewhere in the mix.

(This year, the good fun was getting to go see the touring company production of Hamilton that just hit Boston this week last night - it was fantastic, and also a musical that leaves you thinking about so many different pieces.)

This morning and early afternoon, I reset my altars and shrine, set up some ongoing magical workings, and later I'm going to roast a chicken, because it's finally cool enough to have the oven on that long. (And also, roast chicken is yummy.) Last week, I did some work on cleaning and organising, so things feel easy to manage.

We're not doing group ritual work, because I was going to be out absurdly late on Friday, but when I've done group stuff, I've aimed at food, fellowship, community.
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Re: Plans for Mabon/Autumn Eqinox
« Reply #3 on: September 22, 2018, 03:03:26 pm »
I'd love to hear how other people celebrate the holiday and what works for you!

To be honest this year I'll probably spend today watching Outlander and doing my homework. I had thought I might try to find a way to make an apple crisp that fits within my current dietary restrictions, but that means going out and buying apples, which I forgot to do on the way home on Friday. So I don't think that's happening this weekend.

I might try to do it next weekend, though, and that would count for me as part of Mabon/Fall Equinox. (I see the days as seasons more than specific days, so I don't worry too much about getting the exact date correct for celebrations/observances.)
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Re: Plans for Mabon/Autumn Eqinox
« Reply #4 on: September 22, 2018, 03:19:26 pm »
It's also my birthday, so my general goals involve doing something fun, and having good food and good conversation somewhere in the mix.

Happy birthday!

Edit To Add: Happy birthday to Eastling and Pickle, as well!
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Re: Plans for Mabon/Autumn Eqinox
« Reply #5 on: September 22, 2018, 04:47:27 pm »
Happy birthday!

Edit To Add: Happy birthday to Eastling and Pickle, as well!

So many birthday babies today!

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Re: Plans for Mabon/Autumn Eqinox
« Reply #6 on: September 22, 2018, 06:25:34 pm »
How do you like to celebrate or mark the holiday?

So far, I'm marking this fall equinox with black coffee and some painkillers. At this rate it's gonna be a slow day.
I'd wanted to make a vat of pasta, or maybe a batch of colcannon & biscuits. But I don't know how much I'm gonna get done.
Should feel a little more limber tomorrow, so maybe we'll take a drive out to apple country.
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Re: Plans for Mabon/Autumn Eqinox
« Reply #7 on: September 22, 2018, 07:07:36 pm »
So, for those that will be celebrating Malbon/Autumn Equinox this weekend, what are everyone's plans for it? How do you like to celebrate or mark the holiday?

Not planned, but I ended up having a pair of my dearest friends over for a brunch of chocolate croissants, whole wheat cinnamon raisin French toast smothered in strawberries and maple syrup, and cheesy eggs...washed down with mimosa after mimosa, as we watched about a hundred bees in the garden have a feast of their own, now that the goldenrod is blooming.

Five hours later, we were still at it. Not a bad way to say farewell to summer and welcome, Autumn.
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Re: Plans for Mabon/Autumn Eqinox
« Reply #8 on: September 23, 2018, 07:19:57 am »
Not planned, but I ended up having a pair of my dearest friends over for a brunch of chocolate croissants, whole wheat cinnamon raisin French toast smothered in strawberries and maple syrup, and cheesy eggs...washed down with mimosa after mimosa, as we watched about a hundred bees in the garden have a feast of their own, now that the goldenrod is blooming.

Five hours later, we were still at it. Not a bad way to say farewell to summer and welcome, Autumn.

Sounds like a lot more fun than I've had. This weekend my school scheduled a mandatory 3-day intensive prep class for the NCLEX exam, so I've been doing that. The good news is that I did get to celebrate the holiday early last weekend, with a Blue Star grove in which I've become a seeker. There was much food and wine shared at that table. :)

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Re: Plans for Mabon/Autumn Eqinox
« Reply #9 on: September 23, 2018, 02:36:50 pm »
So, for those that will be celebrating Malbon/Autumn Equinox this weekend, what are everyone's plans for it? How do you like to celebrate or mark the holiday?

Well, this is year, I'm going to actually do a ceremony that I just finished writing. I know I'll fret beforehand if it's good enough, but I have a good feeling about it. I decided to wait until Sunday instead of Saturday because there's the full moon as well, and I have some magic workings I wanna do...

As for the ceremony, I baked three loaves of whole wheat bread, with one destined to be used during the ceremony as an offering (the other two for general consumption), and I have pomegranate seeds, apples, and wine that are also for offerings. During the work part of the ritual, I'll be reading the myth of Persephone's descent, thinking about how Dionysos is connected with the equinox, and then doing a Tarot reading for myself (clicky here). Then I'll feast!!!
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