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 the Spring Full Moon) and of May Day (May 1st) are well-known to all of us, but there are other festivals much less talked about now, that traditionally those who work with the land around the world have kept for centuries: there are eight major ones in Britain. (In order from December they are Winter Solstice, Imbolc, Spring Equinox, Beltain, Summer Solstice, Lammas, Autumn Equinox and Samhain).
These festivals are connected with the passage of
the sun through the seasons and mark the inner reality and mood of the season. By joining our thoughts and feelings with these festivals we gain another meditative layer for ourselves - a sense of connection to, and trust in, the seasonal changes. As we move into September we approach the Autumn Equinox (on the 21st of September) also known as ‘Autumn Quarter Point’, Alban Eleud’ and ‘Festival of Thanksgiving’, it is the time when day and night are of equal length. I would like to end by quoting Glennie Kindred on the Autumn Equinox from her beautiful book on festivals - ‘The Earths Cycle of Celebration’ (which describes all 8 festivals in detail). I hope you find some time to contemplate this in the week’s coming up, perhaps from your secluded bench?
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“Equinoxes are a chance to stop and adjust. Things are moving fast now, preparations and intentions for the coming winter must be made. Summer has ended. The days will shorten. The cooler weather reminds us that we all must respond to this transition and change with it. This is the beginning of root energy, bringing rest and renewal in the dark. This is the chance for us all to go within and re-enter the dark womb of the spiritual world, which provides a strong foundation for our lives. It is an opportunity to explore and understand ourselves.
This is a time for ripening fruits, nuts, berries and mushrooms. It is a time for long term planning on the land and planting trees and plants. Within ourselves it is also a time to plant seeds, which will incubate through the winter months and re-emerge in the Spring, transformed and renewed by their time in the dark”.
By Michael Fuller
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