Your browser does not support script
TWV Presents...



Popular Pagan Holidays

[Show all]


Views: 6,810,611


Holiday: ...

Autumn: The Croning Time

Daily Goddess Awareness

Well, You Don’t Celebrate Christmas...

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Chri... Yuletide!

Samhain: A Time for Introspection---and Activism

The Dark Half of the Year

Anti-Witch Bigotry: Still As Popular and Deadly As Ever

The Halloween Witch: Sense of Humor or Sense of Ire

Ah...To Be A Witch...

Winter Solstice By Any Other Name

Spiritual Aspects of Yule

Autumn Equinox: A Point of Balance on the Wheel of the Year

The Beltaine Storm

Winter Holiday Intentions and Food Magik

Imbolc: Traditional Celebrations for a Modern Time

The Tale of the Holly King and the Oak King

Alicia Meets Grandmother Autumn: A Children’s Story

A Meditation on Samhain: How Lucky You Are.

The Solstice Flame: A Yule Story

Traditional Yule: Make your Own Homebrewed Mead

A Celtic View of Samhain

Ostara: Enter the Light!

Supermoms’ and Superdads’ Defense Against “Holiday Kryptonite”

A Story For Autumn

A Summer Solstice Primer

Samhain

Witches Lost in Halloween

The Best Thing About Death

Winter: A Joyous Holiday Season

Lughnasa: Festival of the Harvest (A Druid's Perspective)

The Babylonian Ghost Festival

The Ostara Transformation

The Celtic Origins of Samhain

Dealing with the Darkness, Post-Samhain

The Theme of Mabon

The Samhain Experience

First Thanksgiving... in China

Solstice of the Soul

A White Christmas in Fuyang

Love Lives On: A Samhain Reflection on Death, Rebirth, and the Afterlife

A Samhain Dance

Yule and the New Year

Thanksgiving Memories of a Native American Witch

Imbolg - A Lesson of Positive Change

Ancestor Stew

The Story of Ostara

A Yule Story for Children ~ The Tiniest Fairy ~

The First Yule

Unity During Samhain

Bealtine: Blessing the Summer In

Yuletide Thoughts, Life and Death

Ghosts, Omens, and Fact-Finding: Wandering In Today's Eco-Interface

The Blood is in the Land

The Summer Solstice: A Time for Awakening

Sandy Was The Name Of the Dark Goddess This Samhain

Brighid's Healing Sword: Imbolc

When The Crone Pays A Visit, You'd Better Pay Attention

The Promise of the Harvest

Samhain is Ablaze with Reflections of My Father

At Samhain, Meet Bilé, God of the Dead of Ireland and the Danu, the All -Mother

Mabon - The Flash of the Setting Sun

"The Horn of Plenty": A Pathworking for Lammas

Parting the Veils and Opening to Ancestral Wisdom

The Call of the Crone

Lammas: The Sacrificial Harvest

Opening to the Anima Mundi – The Gift of the Equinox

The Light Within the Shadow of the Winter Solstice

Ostara!

Lascivious Lupercalia: Why Valentine's is a Vital Pagan Holy Day for the Modern World

Symbology of Altar Decorations

The Serpent's Kiss: Beltane's Fire

A Heathen's Approach to the Holidays

Ode to Ostara

Anthesteria, the Hellenic "Samhain"

From Samhain to Yule: Light in the Darkness

Sonoran Desert Wheel of the Year (Square Peg, Round Hole)

Samhain: the Sunbeam in the Twilight

Gaia's Mantle:The Greening of the Earth

Like Bread for Lughnasa: A Letter

Beltane and Samhain: Reflections of Life and Death


NOTE: For a complete list of articles related to this chapter... Visit the Main Index FOR this section.












Article Specs

Article ID: 14181

VoxAcct: 372145

Section: holidays

Age Group: Adult

Days Up: 1,493

Times Read: 7,822

RSS Views: 14,250
Autumn Equinox: A Point of Balance on the Wheel of the Year

Author: Maggi Setti [a WitchVox Sponsor]
Posted: September 19th. 2010
Times Viewed: 7,822

At this time of year, the sun moves into the Astrological sign Libra, and we look at the changing of the seasons. This is the time of equal light and dark, where the day and night are of equal length. Even the glyph of Libra itself speaks to the setting sun, the waning power of the time of day and into the darker half of the year, when the sun sets, giving way to the power of night. Though the symbols for Libra include the scales and we seek to look at balance at this time of the year.

What is balance and how do we find it in modern, urban society? Our society is so overly focused on consumption, burning of fossil fuels, speed, movement, and noise. Turn on the TV, the radio, listen to the next advertisement, hurry, rush, go, do more is the message we receive constantly. Lights stay on all night; grocery stores are open 24 hours a day. Don’t rest, is the message. How do we connect with a time of quiet, rest, and night in this environment? What does that even mean?

Pretty soon we’ll be getting close to the (dreaded) “holiday season”. Yesterday, a woman attending one of my classes mentioned “Isn’t it funny that the busiest time, the holiday season is at the darkest part of the year?” My immediate gut response was “No! It’s not strange at all, its part of the attitude of how our society reacts to darkness, quiet, and stillness. It is the perfect example of the imbalance and isn’t strange in the least!” Our society wants to focus on summer activity, heat, and light. It is afraid of depression and other “negative” emotions. You are supposed to buck up and stay busy. Don’t think too much. Sensitive people are considered weak or lesser. Feeling uneasy, down, or discontent is something you should take medicine for. Our society is afraid of the dark. Downtime, stillness and rest are something you have to schedule in and fly across the world to do, and only do once a year.

Trees begin to draw their sap in and close up shop for the year to sleep through the winter. Many animals prepare for hibernation. The days grow shorter and it gets colder. So, if we are trying to reflect these ideas in our lives and homes as ways of harmonizing with the flux and flow of the seasons, then the question is “How do you turn inward?” “What projects to you complete now and bring in as your harvest?”

One of the ways I find myself turning inward is by cooking more, spending more time at my hearth, caring for my family, and seeking nourishment for the harsher days of winter. This is also how I honor Brigid who has a couple of mini altars in her honor in my kitchen. I also start assessing my work of the year. Was I happy with my ripening harvest or did I waste time? Do I feel I have grown or did I fall behind in ways that I need to work on through the winter so that I don’t repeat old mistakes?

Another way is that I take January off from activity. I stay at home and cancel study group meetings for the month, trips, social engagements, magickal project due dates, rituals, etc. My husband and my various spiritual communities know that we reserve January as our home’s dreamtime and to not expect to see us much between Yule and Imbolc. We spend this time, reading, resting, meditating, doing personal work, and nurturing our relationship with each other and our family. It reminds us to turn inward anytime we have the need and gives us a strong starting place for each year.

In this overly sun focused culture, how do you honor the dark exactly? Record your dreams and do personal meditations. Face your negative emotions to find their core cause. Don’t sugar coat things. Not everything in life is lovely. That doesn’t mean we should ignore a situation if it’s hard. Honor the waning of things. Elderly are often “dealt with” rather than honored, listened to, and cared for. Listen to someone going through other endings such as an ending of a relationship or a personal loss. Don’t force people to quell expressing their pain. Often when intensive emotions come up for someone in ritual, they need a safe space to be able to work through those emotions, which are normally suppressed. Rather than forcing tissues or hugs on that person, witness their experience with support and patience. The ability and space to open up is one of the beauties of magickal space and pagan ritual. Past the pain of opening up is the peace of fulfillment, connection, and healing. Give that gift both to yourself and the people with whom you share circle.

Another idea is invoking the energies of a particular Sabbat to balance out a time, feeling, or situation. Just like our whole society needs more Yule and Imbolc, maybe during the middle of the winter a bit of Litha could be helpful. An infusion of the sun and remembering the light at Litha can call back the rebirth of the sun at Yule. To do this you would not just think about the power of the sun, but you would actually feel the warmth of it on your skin, remember the glare of the sun glinting in your eyes, and the feeling of the air in the middle of the summer. See the sun in waves, wafting through you and through your magickal space. Another technique would be to have your solar plexus chakra fill with the sun’s power and energy. Feel that chakra growing stronger, brighter in the center of your chest. Visualize an image of yourself shining brighter and brighter as if you were glowing from within. Become the sun. Have your mind and vision fill as if you are the sun. Even on the darkest, coldest night, you’ll find that this much focus and energy will change your mood and the energy around you. This is just one example. Invoking the inspiration of Imbolc, the fertility of Beltane, or the connection to the Ancestors at Samhain would be other examples of how to use this idea.

The more we engage the spirit of the season through all of our senses and memories, the more we can harmonize with the Earth’s cycles and learn Her wisdom. I found myself at odds when I first started to live the Wheel of the Year of Pagan holidays. The eight Sabbats were so organized as moments on the wheel. I didn’t understand why the rest of our culture made such a big deal out of Christmas, but almost ignored Groundhog’s day, Midsummer, Lammas, etc. As a result I have done my best to treat Yuletide like any other Sabbat holiday; I decorate, do a couple of special things, and spend time with my family. The more I focus on what the holiday should be, a moment on the wheel of the year, the less stressed I am. I make sure not to overbook the season or make the holiday run away with it. It’s been helpful to my budget too.

Spreading out the holidays has helped me to live in the moment as well. I savor the essence of the current holiday and what it has to offer me. Each year is one more turn of the wheel, one more circuit of the spiral rather than a calendar taken off the wall thrown in the trash, never to return. Time becomes more fluid and flows smoother. The wheel itself expands and I can look at the seasons of my life in the same way. Mile markers are based on the year’s harvests rather than by how much time has slipped away from me. Even a lifetime is one more cycle, rather than the only chance to be alive. Each year becomes richer, more connected. I feel more invested in the yearly life process and more aware of the Earth’s richness. Life is both more precious and more sacred.

Enlightenment shines brighter on the Earth, here in manifestation. There is no need to cast off Earthly pleasures or to seek transcendence away from physical form. Balance and connection here on Earth in harmony with Her ways are the keys to the Kingdom for the Kingdom is here all around us. This is how we were meant to be the Lords of Earth and Gods manifest in our Universe.

But for this moment in time and this Mabon’s harvest, I look forward to apple picking, pumpkin carving, Halloween parties, and honoring my Ancestors. Snuggles on crisp nights and hot mulled cider await me on this season of russet and gold. I look forward to the first time I see my breath on the morning air or frost crystals gleaming on the grass. I wish you harmony and joy for your harvest this year.

Blessed be.





ABOUT...

Maggi Setti


Location: Haines City, Florida

Website: http://lettinggoisflying.blogspot.com

Author's Profile: To learn more about Maggi Setti - Click HERE

Bio: Maggi Setti is a second degree initiate of the Assembly of the Sacred Wheel
(www.sacredwheel.org) and has been a member since 2002 when she dedicated to the coven
Guardians of the Windsword. She is currently a member of the coven Chalice of the Living Stars
(www.sacredwheel.org/cls) . Maggi works with several Gods including Brigid, Herne, Freya, Odin,
Artio (Celtic Artemis) , and the Morrigan, but is dedicated to none. Her foci include the Celtic path,
qabala, tarot, aspecting, Faery, nature devas, herbalism and gardening, scrying, shadow work,
sacred dreaming, warriorship, kitchen witchery, women's
empowerment, and magickal painting.
Maggi received her
bachelor's degree from Salisbury University in Fine Art and
Anthropology. Since she moved to New Jersey in 2008, she has
taught both for her coven, and publicly in DE, PA, and NJ. She
holds a seat on the council of the Northern NJ Pagan Fellowship,
a local networking group. She also leads an Assembly guided
study group called Spirit Egg which will become a coven in 2011.
Maggi's spiritual writings can be found on her blog at http://lettinggoisflying.blogspot.com
and
as well as published articles on Witchvox.org.
Contact Maggi at maggi.horseman@gmail.com




Other Articles: Maggi Setti has posted 17 additional articles- View them?

Other Listings: To view ALL of my listings: Click HERE




Email Maggi Setti... (Yes! I have opted to receive invites to Pagan events, groups, and commercial sales)

To send a private message to Maggi Setti ...



Pagan Essays
1996-2014





Pagan Web
8,000 Links





Pagan Groups
Local Covens etc.





Pagan/Witch
80,000 Profiles














Home - TWV Logos - Email US - Privacy
News and Information

Chapters: Pagan/Heathen Basics - Pagan BOOKS - Traditions, Paths & Religions - Popular Pagan Holidays - TV & Movies - Cats of the Craft - Festival Reviews - Festival Tips - White Pages (Resources) - Issues/Concerns - West Memphis 3 - Witch Hunts - Pagan Protection Tips - Healing Planet Earth

Your Voices: Adult Essays - Young Pagan Essays - Pagan Perspectives (On Hold) - WitchWars: Fire in the Craft - Gay Pagan - Pagan Parenting - Military - Pagan Passages

Pagan Music: Pagan Musicians - Bardic Circle at WitchVox - Free Music from TWV

Vox Central: About TWV - Wren: Words, Wrants and Wramblings - Guest Rants - Past Surveys - A Quest for Unity

Weekly Updates: Click HERE for an index of our weekly updates for the past 6 years

W.O.T.W. - World-Wide Networking

Your Town: A Link to YOUR Area Page (The largest listing of Witches, Pagans, Heathens and Wiccans on the Planet)

VoxLinks: The Pagan Web: 8,000 Listings

Your Witchvox Account: Log in Now - Create New Account - Request New Password - Log in Problems

Personal Listings: Pagan Clergy in Your Town - Adult Pagans - Young Pagans - Military Pagans

Events: Circles, Gatherings, Workshops & Festivals

Covens/Groups/Orgs: Local Groups Main Page

Other LOCAL Resources: Local Shops - Regional Sites - Local Notices - Global/National Notices - Local Skills & Services - Local Egroups - Political Freedom Fighters

Pagan Shopping: Online Shops Index - Original Crafters Sites - Auction Sites - Pagan Wholesalers - Pagan Local Shops



Web Site Content (including: text - graphics - html - look & feel)
Copyright 1997-2014 The Witches' Voice Inc. All rights reserved
Note: Authors & Artists retain the copyright for their work(s) on this website.
Unauthorized reproduction without prior permission is a violation of copyright laws.

Website structure, evolution and php coding by Fritz Jung on a Macintosh G5.

Any and all personal political opinions expressed in the public listing sections (including, but not restricted to, personals, events, groups, shops, Wren’s Nest, etc.) are solely those of the author(s) and do not reflect the opinion of The Witches’ Voice, Inc. TWV is a nonprofit, nonpartisan educational organization.

Sponsorship: Visit the Witches' Voice Sponsor Page for info on how you
can help support this Community Resource. Donations ARE Tax Deductible.
The Witches' Voice carries a 501(c)(3) certificate and a Federal Tax ID.

Mail Us: The Witches' Voice Inc., P.O. Box 341018, Tampa, Florida 33694-1018 U.S.A.
Witches, Pagans
of The World




Search Articles
1996-2014










 Current Topic
 Editorial Guide


NOTE: The essay on this page contains the writings and opinions of the listed author(s) and is not necessarily shared or endorsed by the Witches' Voice inc.

The Witches' Voice does not verify or attest to the historical accuracy contained in the content of this essay.

All WitchVox essays contain a valid email address, feel free to send your comments, thoughts or concerns directly to the listed author(s).