The Autumn Equinox falls on 22 September. Also called Mabon or the late harvest festival, it is celebrated when day and night are of equal length. It is a time of balance before the descent into the darkness of winter and a time to stake stock of the fruits of the harvest - whether they are real fruit and vegetables you have grown yourself, or things you have achieved in your life since the start of the year.
If you want attend a public Autumn Equinox celebration, here are some of the events taking place in London and southern England as well as events of general interest to pagans over the next week:
Sunday 16 September; A Day with Ronald Hutton and Friends - Modern witchcraft: Building a future from history. Pagan conference organised by The Centre For Pagan Studies in association with Greenmantle Magazine. Venue: Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London, United Kingdom WC1R 4RL. Time: 10am until 11pm. For more details, visit http://centre-for-pagan-studies.com/
Sunday 16 September; Dawn of the Oak. Pagan moot on the third Sunday of each month. Venue: Upstairs at The Castle, 34-35 Cowcross Road, Farringdon, London EC1M 6DB (near Farringdon tube). Time: 3pm-6pm.
Monday, 17 September; Croydon Crows. PF moot held every 3rd Monday of each month at the Skylark pub, South End, South Croydon from 8pm onwards.
Passionate Presence.Venue: Alternatives, St. James's Church, 197 Piccadilly, London, W1J 9LL. Time: 7pm to 8.30pm. Tickets £10/5 concs. To book tickets and for more info visit the Alternatives website: http://www.alternatives.org.uk/Site/Talks.aspx
Tuesday 18 September; You And Your Angels. Talk by Amanda Roberts at The College of Psychic Studies, 16 Queensberry Place, London SW7 2EB. Time: 12.30pm.- 1.30pm Cost: £5/£8. Advance booking advised. Tel: 020 7589 3292. http://www.collegeofpsychicstudies.co.uk/index.html
Tuesday 18 September; Inspired Address And Demonstration Of Mediumship. Talk by Dr Angela Watkins at The College of Psychic Studies, 16 Queensberry Place, London SW7 2EB. Time: 7pm.- 8.30pm Cost: £8/£12. Advance booking advised. Tel: 020 7589 3292. http://www.collegeofpsychicstudies.co.uk/index.html
Tuesday 18 September 18; A Review of the Crop Circle Season with Andy Thomas at
the London Forum for the Study of Crop Circles and Other Mysteries Meetup Group. This group meets once a month on Tuesdays at the George Pub, 213 Strand, London WC2 1AA. Starts at 7pm. Entrance £8. Details: http://www.meetup.com/The-London-Forum-Meetup-Group/ and http://www.londoncircles.net/
Wednesday 19 September; Atlantis Bookshops Presents... New venue: The Blue Posts at 81 Newman Street just off Tottenham Court Road, London W1T 3ET. Meet from 7.30pm, event starts at 8pm. Admission £5. Visit http://www.theatlantisbookshopevents.com//
Wednesday 19 September; A Household of Witches? The Leimbach Case and Witch belief. Lecture by Dr Alison Rowlands (University of Essex) at Treadwells, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7BS. Time: 7.15pm for 7.30pm start. Tickets £7, advance booking recommended. For further details: firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.treadwells-london.com/
Thursday 20 September; Croydon CoA Witches Gathering with talks and social activities at the The Green Dragon, High St, Croydon. For more details visit: http://www.witchfest.net/
Friday 21 - Sunday 23 September; The Sussex Mind Body and Spirit Gathering 2012. Magical Festivals' weekend event in beautiful Sussex countryside during the Autumn Equinox. Features entertainment, live music, workshops and stalls as well as an Autumn Equinox ritual. Weekend Tickets (Fri, Sat & Sun) £50 and includes free parking and camping as well as entry to the live music and workshops. For more details and to book tickets, visit http://www.themagicalcamp.co.uk/
Saturday, 22 September, Magic of Hypnosis. Workshop with Ursula James, author of The Source: A Manual of Everyday Magic.Venue: Cartwright Room, University of London, 12-18 Cartwright Gardens, London WC1H 9EE. Time: 10.30am to 5pm. Cost: £55. To book and for more details visit http://www.meetup.com/londonspirituality/events/74029882/
Saturday 22 September; Free and Open Gorsedd Autumn Equinox Rite. Open Druidic ceremony to celebrate the Autumnal Equinox and the balance of day and night at Avebury stone circle in Wiltshire. Meet at the Red Lion pub from noon. Ceremony 2pm until 3.30pm. Free, but offerings of music, poetry, bread, mead, cakes welcome. Camping: The overflow car park at Avebury stone circle will be available for camping (tents only) on Sat 22, Sun 23 and Mon 24 September.
Sunday, 23 September; Autumn Equinox: Custom, Lore, Magic. One-day workshop with Wiccan priestess Suzanne Corbie at Treadwells, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7BS. Time: 11am-5.30pm. Ticket price £35, deposit of £20 in advance. Tel: 020 7240 8906 or email: email@example.com http://www.treadwells-london.com/
Sunday, 23 September; Treadwells Social Sunday: Incense. At 3pm Eleri Jay will give a ten-minute lesson introducing the use of loose incense, one of the skills useful in pagan practice. Venue: Treadwells, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7BS. Shop open from noon to 7pm. Free social event, but please book your place in advance. firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.treadwells-london.com/
Sunday, 23 September; Open Druid Ritual. Celebrate the Autumn Equinox or Alban Elued in the Hawthorne Grove, on Primrose Hill, London NW1 8YH, with the loose association of Druids. Then nearest Tube stations are Chalk Farm and Swiss Cottage. For more details contact Jeremy on 07956 831503 during social hours.
Sunday 23 September; Autumn Equinox Celebration. Wheel of the Year ritual drawing from Celtic earth/pagan traditions at Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel, 3 Pilgrim's Place, London NW3 1NG. Time: 7pm. Tel: 020 7433 3267.
Sunday, 23 September; Autumn Equinox - Crossbones Centennial Vigil to honour the outcast dead at Crossbones graveyard and to renew the shrine. Gather from 6.45pm in Redcross Way outside the Memorial Gates, SE1, opposite the Boot and Flogger, just north of the junction with Union Street. Nearest tubes Borough or London Bridge, 5 minutes walk away. The event is free. http://www.crossbones.org.uk/