AUTUMN EQUINOX Mabon Alben Elfed Night of the Hunter

   Autumnal Equinox occurs on September 22, 2009m at 5:18 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time
  The time is precise. Just for a moment the Sun appears to intersect the  equator and the ecliptic.

  The Spring Equinox has always gotten so much more attention. The Jewish holiday of Passover and the Christian holiday of Easter are determined by dates relating to the Spring Equinox and by the moon. An ancient Persian myth has a mythical king who ascended to his throne at this time. The Spring Equinox is indeed a time of rebirth. The Goddess and her eventual lord are young and now fertile. March 25 is the date Christian churches celebrate the Annunciation- and such an announcement it is! Mary, a young virgin, has a visitation from an angel, who informs her that she is pregnant by the Holy Ghost!

  But what of the Autumnal Equinox?  We know that this is the 2nd of the three big harvest feasts, culminating in the most important feast of all, Sanheim, (Halloween), the New Year. The Autumn Equinox is a time for enjoying the fruits of the harvest. Think not only of the harvest that we eat. What sorts of things have you harvested this year -- this lifetime?  How do you feel about your "life harvest"? Is it pleasing? If so, bask in your blessings. If not-- what sorts of things do you need to adjust so that you can have the harvest you hope for?

  At the time of the Autumn Equinox, there is equal sunlight, equal darkness over all the earth. Well, not quite equal; the sun can still spill out its rays over the horizon, even as it dips beneath it. But play around with the metaphor. Equal dark, equal light.  Balance. Does your life reflect a balance? Physical, mental, spiritual? As the wheel turns, do you take time to sort out the old while always allowing time to learn something new?

  Such is the balance of the earth at Equinox that you might be able to balance an egg on its end. But you have to work at it because the inside of the egg is seldom balanced. Make a careful selection of the egg. Make a careful selection of which things you want to admit into your life. And don't put all your eggs in one basket!

  At Autumn Equinox  the calendar year will be 3/4 gone.  Our wheel, culminating at Sanheim, will be 7/8 gone.  The once youthful Goddess has become the wise elder, the crone. Now is the time to stare into the darkness, knowing that if there were no darkness, there could be no light. The chief place to look into the dark is to go within our own minds.

  Let us examine our lives, but let us enjoy our lives.  Cheers, Dorian