This is a season to focus on balance, harmony, and prosperity in all the areas of life.
“…teach the world to sing in perfect harmony…”
Wednesday, September 23, 2015, is the Fall Equinox, also known as Mabon, Harvest Home, Second Harvest, and Cornucopia. This is a season to focus on balance, harmony, and prosperity in all the areas of life. It is a time to celebrate friends and family, a time to enjoy the season’s bounty, a time to recognize goodnesses in your life.
Decorate yourself and your celebratory area with autumn colors: red, orange, russet, maroon, brown, deep gold, and violet provide the range of choice available. Use gourds, pine cones, acorns, apples, autumn leaves, and ivy for further decoration. Cerridwyn is the Celtic water-oriented Goddess of Autumn. Her symbol, a cauldron, would serve well as a centerpiece. Filled with apples, nuts, and autumn leaves it will enrich the energies brought to the table.
This is a celebration of the bounty of Mother Earth. A hearty feast of pot roast enriched with garlic and root veggies such as onions, carrots, potatoes, parsnips, and turnips would be appropriate. With the addition of all berries now in season, apples, pomegranates, nuts, and an assortment of breads you will have a delightful meal. Toast Cerridwyn with cider. Be sure to share the leftovers with your guests as this is one more way to promote prosperity for all.
Equinoxes are times of balance, and not just the balance of the hours of daylight and dark. Balancing a raw egg on its larger end is an activity you and your guests may choose to do. While balancing the egg, contemplate the greater meaning of it: the shell represents the element Earth, the membrane represents the element Air, the yolk represents the element Fire, the white represents the element Water. Earth, Air, Fire, and Water are the four elements that create all things. The number four, according to P.D. Ouspensky, represents all and everything. Logically, then, the egg represents perfection, harmony, balance, all and everything; certainly worth contemplating.
While enjoying your feast, suggest to your guests that each person give thanks for one specific person or event or circumstance in life that has brought goodness to that person. Being thankful for family and friends, for a good job, for the ability to pay bills on time and put healthy food on the table is also good, but to select one person or event to toast and commemorate on this day is more important. By focusing on one instance that resonates deep within the soul, we open ourselves to the goodnesses that abound whether we notice them consciously or not.
Another activity common at this season is to start a project that will likely take you until spring to complete. It need not be extremely complicated, but it should be an indoor activity that would also be conducive to meditation, contemplation, soul-searching, whatever can occupy your mind and heart while your fingers proceed with whatever they are doing. Anything in the realm of arts and crafts would qualify. If this practice evolves into an ongoing meditation time as well, so much the better.