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Neo-Druid Autumn Equinox Plans?
« on: August 15, 2012, 02:06:51 am »
Hey y'all,

So there's an equinox coming up next month (we're running out of summer!) and as an ADFer, I follow the Wheel of the Year. I was wondering what my fellow Neo-Druids might be up to for the equinox, if anything. Any myths you particularly associate with this time of the year? Planning a big ritual or a little bit of magic? Are you going to take this as an opportunity to stuff your face with apple pie?

Since ADF is a pan-Indo-European group, I get to put on my Greek Druid hat and honor the myth of Persephone's descent. I have a tradition of honoring Her at the autumn equinox and observing the changes in daylight and temperature as we move further down the spiral into winter.

Back in the land of the Celts, I want to continue to work with the Gaelic pantheon as I have been for the past two High Days. I think I might do this in a non-ADF context though. I have a big urge to do something, I'm just not sure what. All I know is the Morrígan's involved. (Story of my life at the moment.)

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Re: Neo-Druid Autumn Equinox Plans?
« Reply #1 on: August 15, 2012, 12:55:26 pm »
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Hey y'all,

So there's an equinox coming up next month (we're running out of summer!) and as an ADFer, I follow the Wheel of the Year. I was wondering what my fellow Neo-Druids might be up to for the equinox, if anything. Any myths you particularly associate with this time of the year? Planning a big ritual or a little bit of magic? Are you going to take this as an opportunity to stuff your face with apple pie?

 
Yes to the last one. :)

My husband and I used to celebrate the holidays with his kids, but now that we've moved, our rituals are much smaller and simpler (and less planned, more impromptu). For Lughnasad, we did a little bit of prosperity magic in ritual -- really, we basically "threw a party" for our gods, guides and various spirit allies, inviting them all the share with us a meal of delicious corn, wild berries of all kinds, and the most amazing wine I've ever had, made locally from organic grapes. It was AWESOME. So I think we'll probably end up doing something similar for the equinox. (Any excuse for a party!)

There's also a local OBOD group that hosts public rituals on the solar holidays, so we may attend that and enjoy some Druish company and the storytelling and songs over potluck picnic to follow. I feel like the first two harvest festivals are all about hanging out with friends and family and sharing good times to celebrate the end of the summer.

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Re: Neo-Druid Autumn Equinox Plans?
« Reply #2 on: August 15, 2012, 03:01:06 pm »
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For Lughnasad, we did a little bit of prosperity magic in ritual -- really, we basically "threw a party" for our gods, guides and various spirit allies, inviting them all the share with us a meal of delicious corn, wild berries of all kinds, and the most amazing wine I've ever had, made locally from organic grapes. It was AWESOME. So I think we'll probably end up doing something similar for the equinox. (Any excuse for a party!)


Some of my favorite rituals have been spontaneous and like a giant family get-together. :) I forgot Ali, Who do you work with most often for these rituals? I swear I've read about your practice before but my coffee hasn't kicked in yet.

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I feel like the first two harvest festivals are all about hanging out with friends and family and sharing good times to celebrate the end of the summer.


Pretty much, yeah. I absolute love this arc between Lughnasadh and Samhain. There's something magical about this time of year and these festivals, and I always look forward to them the most.
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Re: Neo-Druid Autumn Equinox Plans?
« Reply #3 on: August 15, 2012, 04:45:39 pm »
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Some of my favorite rituals have been spontaneous and like a giant family get-together. :) I forgot Ali, Who do you work with most often for these rituals?

 
That is a very good question! It's in a bit of flux at the moment, actually, so I'm playing things somewhat close to the chest.

But in general, we invite whatever gods or goddesses are big in our lives at the moment (usually for me this is Brigid and Manannan, and for Jeff, Apollo and Odin) as well as any animal guides, ancestral or local land spirits or other beings (for instance, Jeff invited a new presence who has appeared in his meditations, whom he calls the "Red Emperor"). Which is another reason why it feels a bit like a party, especially to me as a typical wallflower: I don't always know everybody who shows up, though they're always at least friends-of-friends, and it's a great way to mingle.

This is admittedly way more eclectic than some folks are probably comfortable with (I can think of a few people who'd be up in arms about inviting the "wrong" deity to a festival without specific mythic connections to them), and it's something we only really do when it's just the two of us. For our larger family rituals, we focus on honoring the earth, the local land (and its inhabitants) and the seasons themselves. For personal rituals, I narrow my focus and usually only work with a particular deity or guide/spirit at a time.

By the way, I saw in your recent blog post that you're still using the Lady of Star Fire chant from the LotS SIG ritual! Awesome, me too! I use it in the opening ritual for my flamekeeping shifts. :) Nice to see it living on in others' practices as well.

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Re: Neo-Druid Autumn Equinox Plans?
« Reply #4 on: August 15, 2012, 05:14:48 pm »
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Since ADF is a pan-Indo-European group, I get to put on my Greek Druid hat and honor the myth of Persephone's descent. I have a tradition of honoring Her at the autumn equinox and observing the changes in daylight and temperature as we move further down the spiral into winter.


Probably the same for me. I'm giving Panathenaia a miss this year; in the middle of moving and it's eating my brain. Also I'm sort of drawn to do more for/with Persephone and Her mom and husband lately, for reasons.

So. "I'll have what Sage is having."

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Neo-Druid Autumn Equinox Plans?
« Reply #5 on: August 15, 2012, 05:54:42 pm »
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Hey y'all,

So there's an equinox coming up next month (we're running out of summer!) and as an ADFer, I follow the Wheel of the Year. I was wondering what my fellow Neo-Druids might be up to for the equinox, if anything. Any myths you particularly associate with this time of the year? Planning a big ritual or a little bit of magic? Are you going to take this as an opportunity to stuff your face with apple pie?

I haven't quite figured out what the Autumn equinox means for me yet. This time of year is still a bit vague for me. My OBOD grove will do a ritual, though, and those are always fun. I think I'll just wait and see how this stage of the year feels and whether it resonates with anything about the myths or the gods. If nothing else, there might be tomatoes in my garden by then.
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Re: Neo-Druid Autumn Equinox Plans?
« Reply #6 on: August 15, 2012, 06:39:06 pm »
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I haven't quite figured out what the Autumn equinox means for me yet. This time of year is still a bit vague for me. My OBOD grove will do a ritual, though, and those are always fun. I think I'll just wait and see how this stage of the year feels and whether it resonates with anything about the myths or the gods. If nothing else, there might be tomatoes in my garden by then.

 
I'm sort of the same way. Lughnasadh feels more like the "Big Summer Harvest Party Yay Invite Everyone" holiday for me, and having another harvest festival after that seems... redundant somehow.

I'll likely celebrate like I usually do: with food! I'll make some corn chowder with stuff from the farmer's market, pour out some apple cider, and crack open a beer to toast to Bilbo and Frodo (whose birthday falls on September 22nd, and, being a total Geek*, I usually raise a glass to them along with whatever else I do on the equinox :p).


*I could be an even bigger Geek and point out that the September 22nd date is the date according to the Shire Reckoning, which is a few days off from our own system, so technically Bilbo and Frodo's birthday falls on September 18th ... but I won't. :ange:
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Re: Neo-Druid Autumn Equinox Plans?
« Reply #7 on: August 15, 2012, 07:15:43 pm »
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I love the Fall Equinox.  It's one of my favs, I think because I see it as the start of my favorite season. :)  

We'll be going to our local ADF grove for their ritual, which is one of the fun ones, if I remember correctly.  At home, I'll have the place decked out in fall decorations and pumpkins, gourds, apples and corn. :)  Not sure yet what kind of a meal we will have.  And a small ritual.  I'm not into huge rituals, the ones at the grove are way big enough for me. :)
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« Reply #8 on: August 15, 2012, 08:30:50 pm »
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That is a very good question! It's in a bit of flux at the moment, actually, so I'm playing things somewhat close to the chest.


Ahhhh you too? Seems to be a common experience for a lot of my friends at the moment. :)

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This is admittedly way more eclectic than some folks are probably comfortable with (I can think of a few people who'd be up in arms about inviting the "wrong" deity to a festival without specific mythic connections to them), and it's something we only really do when it's just the two of us.


Pfft, eclectic schmeclectic. If it works for you it works for you, and we'll let others get their knickers in a twist over it.

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Yup! I absolutely love that chant and sing it for all of my flamekeeping shifts, too. <3 I sadly lost the file of you singing it, though!
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« Reply #10 on: August 15, 2012, 09:14:43 pm »
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Re: Neo-Druid Autumn Equinox Plans?
« Reply #11 on: August 15, 2012, 10:40:12 pm »
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As usual, I'll cook up big feast for my family and we'll enjoy a nice dinner together.  My oldest daughter loves holidays, especially making decorations, so I'm sure there'll be some fall craft projects involved.  As for ritual, I'll be doing an ADF ritual to honor the Earth Mother; and if my garden pulls through I might even have some fresh produce for an offering.

That's about it, though.  The Solstices are my big holidays, so the others are a little more low-key.

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I'll likely celebrate like I usually do: with food! I'll make some corn chowder with stuff from the farmer's market, pour out some apple cider, and crack open a beer to toast to Bilbo and Frodo (whose birthday falls on September 22nd, and, being a total Geek*, I usually raise a glass to them along with whatever else I do on the equinox :p).


As a fellow geek, I knew Frodo and Bilbo's birthdays, but I never made the connection to the Equinox!  I'll have to make a toast as well :)
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You forgot the big-ass boot that goes straight up your ass when you give up and/or slack off.

 
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Re: Neo-Druid Autumn Equinox Plans?
« Reply #13 on: August 16, 2012, 05:19:33 pm »
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I'll likely celebrate like I usually do: with food! I'll make some corn chowder with stuff from the farmer's market, pour out some apple cider, and crack open a beer to toast to Bilbo and Frodo (whose birthday falls on September 22nd, and, being a total Geek, I usually raise a glass to them along with whatever else I do on the equinox :p).

 
How did I not know about this?! We are so throwing a Bilbo Birthday Party this year! :)


Also, your comment about the redundancy of another harvest festival reminded me of another aspect of the equinox festival that I like to focus on, which is the balance of light and dark, especially the nature of the equinoxes in particular as being global (unlike the fire festivals, which are much more local and dependent on your own bioregion). The solar festivals, but especially the equinoxes, have always felt to me like a good time to remember the relationship between my personal and locally-based practice and the larger global and even universal/cosmic patterns at work.

Plus, I forgot, in the name of balancing light and dark, yin and yang, masculine and feminine, etc.: starting this year, Jeff and I also get to celebrate our wedding anniversary on Sept. 16 from now on! (A nice balance for the year, too: six months after our first-date anniversary on March 17th, itself a kind of special holiday for us and also leading up to the vernal equinox.) I can't believe it's been almost a year since we were handfasted/married! So... lots of reasons to celebrate. :)

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« Reply #14 on: August 16, 2012, 06:43:34 pm »
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Yeah, that comes with or without the welcome basket. ;)

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