Posted on 09/22/2010

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Autumn Equinox

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Celebrating the Autumn Equinox

Celebrating the Autumn Equinox

~ Alban Elfed ~ Wine Harvest ~ Feast of Avalon ~ Mabon ~
~ The Second Harvest ~ Feast of the Ingathering ~ Meán Fómhair ~

Day and night are balanced perfectly and so this day carries with it the symbolism of balance and equality, fitting for a Libran month. The scales are tipped towards lengthening nights and after the active summer months it is time celebrate and give thanks for what we have gathered, to prepare to reflect and turn within; a time for, and symbolic of, the Mysteries.

"At the Autumn equinox the goddess offers wisdom, healing and rest" ~ an auspicious time to visualise, ask for or meditate on "protection, prosperity, security and self-confidence as well as harmony and balance".

The Goddesses associated with this day are: Modron, Morgan, Epona, Persephone, Demeter, Innana, Pamona and the Muses. The Gods are: Thoth, Thor, Hermes, The Green Man, God of the Forest and Mabon, namesake of this festival, a Welsh God meaning "Great Son" or "Son of the Mother".

The Goddess descends to the underworld as the Mother becomes the Crone, preparing for the God's death and rebirth; and thus continues the dancing spiral of life...

Hoof and horn, hoof and horn:
All who die shall be reborn.
Corn and grain, corn and grain:
All that falls will rise again.

"There are those who believe the equinox solar affect produces a reduction in the magnetic field of the Earth, providing easier access to other dimensions beginning around 24 hours before, and ending around 24 hours after the exact Equinox point.

Doorways or thresholds into the mysteries are more easily accessed during equinoxes and when we consciously engage this timing we are taking advantage of the opportunity to further activate our own experience of these sacred timings and what they have to offer us. This is a great time to be on the land, in a power spot that calls to you, whether that is in a forest, near a body of water, on a mountain, in a sacred site or in your back yard. What is important is to create the time and space that supports a direct experience of the mysteries that are ready to reveal themselves to you."


Curiously, according to Wikipedia: "One effect of equinoctial periods is the temporary disruption of communications satellites. For all geostationary satellites, there are a few days around the equinox when the sun goes directly behind the satellite relative to Earth (i.e. within the beam-width of the groundstation antenna) for a short period each day. The Sun's immense power and broad radiation spectrum overload the Earth station's reception circuits with noise and, depending on antenna size and other factors, temporarily disrupt or degrade the circuit. The duration of those effects varies but can range from a few minutes to an hour. (For a given frequency band, a larger antenna has a narrower beamwidth, hence experiences shorter duration "Sun outage" windows)."


However one chooses to interpret the symbolism, significance and mythology, this year the Autumn Equinox is a special one, coinciding not only with the Full Harvest Moon, but Jupiter is also visible, shining right below Luna as the next brightest object in the sky. With binoculars Uranus can be seen, not quite behind it, as a faint bluish orb.


For a beautifully written article on the symbolism of the Autumn Equinox visit:

Blessed be!


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22nd September 2010

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Antonio Diaz  Pedraza
Antonio Diaz Pedraz…
Muy buena
8 years ago.
Stiletto has replied to Antonio Diaz Pedraz…
Gracias Antonio (~:
8 years ago.
Sherry ~ Rebujito
Sherry ~ Rebujito
lovely *sigh*
you know I love the fall best
but here it's still in the 90's!
wonderful capture my missey xoxo
8 years ago.
Stiletto has replied to Sherry ~ Rebujito
*checks the calculation gizmo*
Ooofff! That's hot still! Here we're in the 70s, we get some lovely sunny days and cooler nights.

Soo glad you like this, Ma'am! Can you see the little droplets on the pine needles? It had recently rained... smelled so fresh and lovely too, the first rains after the summer... Mmm!
8 years ago.
yety has replied to Stiletto
thanks for this pic and story
7 years ago.
Stiletto has replied to yety
...thank you for your visit and sharing your appreciation (~:
7 years ago.