Tuesday 19 September 2023

What Are You Doing For The Autumn Equinox?

Autumn is here, at least according to the signs in nature. Leaves are starting to turn golden and fall to the ground, the hedgerows are full of berries, and the nights are drawing in. For many Pagans the Autumn Equinox is when we honour this season. What are you doing to celebrate?

I'm going to be busy both on September 21st, which is often the date given for the Equinox on Wheel of the Year charts, and on September 23rd, which is the astronomical date for the Equinox in 2023. 

This Thursday I'm giving a Zoom talk on Autumn Magic for the Equinox through The Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities. I'll share the description:
In the “Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness”, as described by Keats in his poem 'To Autumn', join witch Lucya Starza to find out more about the enchantments of this time of year. The Equinox is on the 23rd of September in 2023 and is a time when day and night are equal length before we head into the dark half of the wheel of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. Lucya will talk about customs and rituals for the Equinox as well as folklore and the natural world as the seasons turn. She’ll also be offering some practical magic as the nights get longer and we look towards the festivals of Samhain and Halloween.
The talk starts at 8pm UK time and tickets are from £5.82. You can find out more here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/the-viktor-wynd-museum-amp-the-last-tuesday-society-12203346619 

Saturday 23rd is when I'll be doing a more personal ritual. I'll be in Richmond Park, which is the largest of London's Royal Parks and is home to deer and other wildlife. I'll be there with some lovely druid friends for a celebration of the season. We often go there at this time of year. Here's the post I wrote last year: http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2022/09/pagan-eye-crow-on-dead-tree-in-richmond.html

You don't have to take part in large public events or full rituals. You can honour the Wheel of the Year by observing nature. It's lovely to go for a walk in a park or in the countryside if you can. Take photos, pick up fallen leaves to put on an altar or just enjoy the sights and sounds around you. Do leave a comment about your plans, or send in a photo of somewhere you've been, if you would like to.

There are more suggestions of ways to celebrate the seasons in my new book Pagan Portals - Rounding the Wheel of the Year, which is being launched at Treadwell's Bookshop at the end of September. 

You can also find it at the website of my publisher, Moon Books. Here's the direct link here: https://www.collectiveinkbooks.com/moon-books/our-books/pagan-portals-rounding-wheel-year

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