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The Happy Autumn Equinox Thread
« on: September 21, 2012, 12:02:17 pm »
Gonna let you guys in on a little secret: I love the Autumn Equinox. I love this time of year. I love that pumpkins finally started showing up in my grocery store and that I need to buy a new pair of proper pajamas because the house gets cold at night, and I love that the mosquitos are finally going far away from me.

For all of my Pagan career I've celebrated it by observing Persephone's descent into the Underworld, and this year will be no different. I'm doing an ADF-style Hellenic rite that I'm hoping does justice both to Demeter's grief and Hades' joy at this time of year. I've usually just worked with Persephone at the equinox, so this will be a fun change for me.

What about you guys? What are you doing, if anything, to celebrate the equinox? I hope whatever it is and whatever you do, you have a blessed shift from summer into fall.

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Re: The Happy Autumn Equinox Thread
« Reply #1 on: September 21, 2012, 01:45:28 pm »
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What about you guys? What are you doing, if anything, to celebrate the equinox? I hope whatever it is and whatever you do, you have a blessed shift from summer into fall.

This is my first year as a pagan, and being not entirely sure of my path or consistent in my practices, I'm a bit all over the place! Autumn Equinox has crept up on me, so I don't have anything elaborate planned. Maybe some simple prayer and offerings, reflections on the past summer, and a nice meal.

Your celebrations sound like they'll be lovely, Sage, I wish you all the best for them.

And I feel fortunate to be living in a place where mosquitoes are rare ;)

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Re: The Happy Autumn Equinox Thread
« Reply #2 on: September 21, 2012, 08:18:39 pm »
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Gonna let you guys in on a little secret: I love the Autumn Equinox. I love this time of year. I love that pumpkins finally started showing up in my grocery store and that I need to buy a new pair of proper pajamas because the house gets cold at night, and I love that the mosquitos are finally going far away from me.



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Autumn is my absolute favorite time of year too, unfortunately I am not doing much tonight to celebrate, I am not big into the ritual aspect of druidism yet, I still consider myself to new in my studies to be comfortable with that aspect yet.:o

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Re: The Happy Autumn Equinox Thread
« Reply #3 on: September 21, 2012, 10:59:27 pm »
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Gonna let you guys in on a little secret: I love the Autumn Equinox. I love this time of year. I love that pumpkins finally started showing up in my grocery store and that I need to buy a new pair of proper pajamas because the house gets cold at night, and I love that the mosquitos are finally going far away from me.

For all of my Pagan career I've celebrated it by observing Persephone's descent into the Underworld, and this year will be no different. I'm doing an ADF-style Hellenic rite that I'm hoping does justice both to Demeter's grief and Hades' joy at this time of year. I've usually just worked with Persephone at the equinox, so this will be a fun change for me.

What about you guys? What are you doing, if anything, to celebrate the equinox? I hope whatever it is and whatever you do, you have a blessed shift from summer into fall.

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No seriously it's my favorite season. Not sure why. :I

There really aren't any festivals about it from my tradition as far as I can tell, though. But I'm letting myself take liberties... after all, I'm reconstructing a state religion from a state that doesn't exist anymore, so turning it folkish is really my only option. And making it folkish for me is going to require I celebrate shit that is comforting and homey and culturally-relevant to my circumstance. (It's either that or priesthood, which would really be impossible for me to pursue.)

Just so happens that seasons are important to me, and actually happen where I live. Also happens that day/night cycles are more pronounced here than the seasons really are, so honoring that is important. So it just makes sense for me to make some noise about the solstices and equinoxes, really.

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The Happy Autumn Equinox Thread
« Reply #4 on: September 22, 2012, 12:54:36 am »
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Gonna let you guys in on a little secret: I love the Autumn Equinox. I love this time of year. I love that pumpkins finally started showing up in my grocery store and that I need to buy a new pair of proper pajamas because the house gets cold at night, and I love that the mosquitos are finally going far away from me.

For all of my Pagan career I've celebrated it by observing Persephone's descent into the Underworld, and this year will be no different. I'm doing an ADF-style Hellenic rite that I'm hoping does justice both to Demeter's grief and Hades' joy at this time of year. I've usually just worked with Persephone at the equinox, so this will be a fun change for me.

What about you guys? What are you doing, if anything, to celebrate the equinox? I hope whatever it is and whatever you do, you have a blessed shift from summer into fall.

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When I was a kid, the end of summer meant Mom bringing in the last of the produce from the garden and doing  whatever canning she was going to do. It also meant that in our house, which wasn't always air conditioned, it was cool enough to bake again, which meant that Mom and I would make the family's traditional sugar cookies with cinnamon and nutmeg. My grandmother learned to make them from her mother, who learned to make them from *her* grandmother sometime prior to 1920. So by way of honoring my ancestors, my community, and the season, I made a batch and will be taking them to work with me tomorrow.  That's my fall equinox celebration, since the apples aren't in yet.
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Re: The Happy Autumn Equinox Thread
« Reply #5 on: September 22, 2012, 01:11:33 am »
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What about you guys? What are you doing, if anything, to celebrate the equinox? I hope whatever it is and whatever you do, you have a blessed shift from summer into fall.

Sage


Well in my case it's the spring equinox, I actually really like this time of year.
For me it's the end of my studies for the year(well in a couple of weeks), I've started the seedlings to plant out in the summer and both last year and this year we're moving to a new place.

As far as formal celebrations go, I'm doing homework :p but I don't think that counts.
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Re: The Happy Autumn Equinox Thread
« Reply #6 on: September 22, 2012, 01:17:05 am »
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What about you guys? What are you doing, if anything, to celebrate the equinox? I hope whatever it is and whatever you do, you have a blessed shift from summer into fall.

Sage

 
It's the Autumn Equinox? Already?

*checks calender*

Well, would you look at that. I actually hadn't noticed (some pagan I am :p ). I live in Texas, so whatever semblance of fall that we get doesn't come until mid-October at the earliest. But the grocery stores are stocking pomegranates now, and I do love me some pomegranates.
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Re: The Happy Autumn Equinox Thread
« Reply #7 on: September 22, 2012, 01:42:45 am »
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Gonna let you guys in on a little secret: I love the Autumn Equinox. I love this time of year. I love that pumpkins finally started showing up in my grocery store and that I need to buy a new pair of proper pajamas because the house gets cold at night, and I love that the mosquitos are finally going far away from me.

For all of my Pagan career I've celebrated it by observing Persephone's descent into the Underworld, and this year will be no different. I'm doing an ADF-style Hellenic rite that I'm hoping does justice both to Demeter's grief and Hades' joy at this time of year. I've usually just worked with Persephone at the equinox, so this will be a fun change for me.

What about you guys? What are you doing, if anything, to celebrate the equinox? I hope whatever it is and whatever you do, you have a blessed shift from summer into fall.

Sage


Yeah, autumn is slowly coming in increments, but it's definitely on its way.

I'm just going to hang outside some and enjoy some good food. Happy Equinox (spring and autumn)!

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Re: The Happy Autumn Equinox Thread
« Reply #8 on: September 22, 2012, 03:27:10 am »
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It's the Autumn Equinox? Already?

*checks calender*

Well, would you look at that. I actually hadn't noticed (some pagan I am :p ). I live in Texas, so whatever semblance of fall that we get doesn't come until mid-October at the earliest. But the grocery stores are stocking pomegranates now, and I do love me some pomegranates.

 
Haha, I was born in Texas and currently live in Nevada, so I know how you feel.

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Gonna let you guys in on a little secret: I love the Autumn Equinox.


Haven't done anything specific (yet) to celebrate, but I love Autumn and winter very much.  The first day I can feel a chill in the air is one of the best days of the year.  I just feel happier in Autumn for some reason.

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Re: The Happy Autumn Equinox Thread
« Reply #9 on: September 22, 2012, 08:10:37 am »
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Happy autumn equinox for those of us in the northern hemisphere and happy spring equinox for those living in the southern hemisphere.
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Re: The Happy Autumn Equinox Thread
« Reply #10 on: September 22, 2012, 08:45:28 am »
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For all of my Pagan career I've celebrated it by observing Persephone's descent into the Underworld, and this year will be no different. I'm doing an ADF-style Hellenic rite that I'm hoping does justice both to Demeter's grief and Hades' joy at this time of year. I've usually just worked with Persephone at the equinox, so this will be a fun change for me.

What about you guys? What are you doing, if anything, to celebrate the equinox? I hope whatever it is and whatever you do, you have a blessed shift from summer into fall.

Sage

 
I made my offering to Demeter and Persephone and though there is grief at the waning of the year and Persephone's time in the Underworld, Spring will be right around the corner in no time.

I do like Autumn, all the nice coloured leaves and scent of wood smoke on the breeze though I'm not a fan of dark mornings and dark nights coming so early.

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Re: The Happy Autumn Equinox Thread
« Reply #11 on: September 22, 2012, 02:36:58 pm »
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It's the Autumn Equinox? Already?

*checks calender*

Well, would you look at that. I actually hadn't noticed (some pagan I am :p ). I live in Texas, so whatever semblance of fall that we get doesn't come until mid-October at the earliest. But the grocery stores are stocking pomegranates now, and I do love me some pomegranates.

 
*Pout*  We're moving to Texas in December and the less pronounced movement of the seasons is one of the very few things I'm not looking forward to in moving there!

As for the OP, well believe it or not I just did my first solitary circle ever at the house (with my DH and furbaby) for Mabon.  So wonderful!!! Can't wait for Samhain now!
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Re: The Happy Autumn Equinox Thread
« Reply #12 on: September 22, 2012, 02:55:50 pm »
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I LOVE Autumn. :) It's the best time of the year.  I love the colors, smells, the feel in the air.  It's also the beginning of all the fun festivals and High days. :)  

I'm not doing anything here at home, it's been to crazy this week, but tomorrow I am going to an ADF ritual.  :)
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Re: The Happy Autumn Equinox Thread
« Reply #13 on: September 22, 2012, 03:52:55 pm »
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Gonna let you guys in on a little secret: I love the Autumn Equinox. I love this time of year. I love that pumpkins finally started showing up in my grocery store and that I need to buy a new pair of proper pajamas because the house gets cold at night, and I love that the mosquitos are finally going far away from me.

For all of my Pagan career I've celebrated it by observing Persephone's descent into the Underworld, and this year will be no different. I'm doing an ADF-style Hellenic rite that I'm hoping does justice both to Demeter's grief and Hades' joy at this time of year. I've usually just worked with Persephone at the equinox, so this will be a fun change for me.

What about you guys? What are you doing, if anything, to celebrate the equinox? I hope whatever it is and whatever you do, you have a blessed shift from summer into fall.

Sage


I love autumn, it is by far my favourite season. I celebrated by having a nice meal, sharing a drink with my Gods and having a (very small and simple) ritual focusing on thankfullness and the balance of light and dark.

I haven't done anything to celebrate the sabbats in a long time so, even though it was very simple, it was lovely to do something.

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Re: The Happy Autumn Equinox Thread
« Reply #14 on: September 22, 2012, 06:22:37 pm »
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*Pout*  We're moving to Texas in December and the less pronounced movement of the seasons is one of the very few things I'm not looking forward to in moving there!

What part of Texas? The northern parts have more seasonal variation than the southern parts.
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