In the UK this years Autumn Equinox takes place on Tuesday 22nd September at 2.31pm. Of course, as you know in the northern hemisphere it marks the official end of summer and the beginning of autumn. It marks the point at which the sun illuminates the northern and southern hemispheres equally.
This autumnal period is also associated with harvest, and harvest festivals. The Harvest Moon is a full moon that occurs closest to the autumn equinox period. The light this moon provided was used by farmers to work long into the night to bring in crops from the fields.
The Autumn Equinox increases the chances of seeing the Aurora Borealis in northern hemisphere latitudes, otherwise known as the ‘Northern Lights’.
Pagans have three harvest festivals throughout the year, Lammas, Samhain and Mabon (which is the second). Mabon celebrates a plentiful harvest and a need to give thanks for abundance. It remembers that the bounty of Mother Earth should be celebrated and shared both literally and spiritually. (more…)
Mabon is another term for the Autumn Equinox, it was used in mid-20th century, and is believed to derive from a Welsh folklore figure – Mabon vab Modron. To the Romans he was called Maponus and he was associated with music and poetry but also hunting.
Celebrations of this time focus on harvesting crops; wine was prevalent and the theme was one of justice and balance. Fittingly then, it is Libra (justice scales) that dominate this period astrologically speaking. Constellations Taurus, Ursa Minor, Pegasus and Cassiopeia are also seen in the night skys. (more…)
1st – St David’s Day
St David is of course the patron saint of Wales, the 1st celebrates both the life of the saint and Welsh culture, but interestingly the saint is also celebrated in Canada and the USA. Not that much is known about St David, it is thought he lived to be 100, but texts about him only appeared 500 years later. So, some of his story may be true, others may just be legends. He was known to have founded several churches and a monastery, and he went on to become an archbishop, eventually he was canonised.
2nd – Full Moon – Worm Moon
At this time of year, a full moon is known as a worm moon, as a result of early Native American tribes seeing this as the time of year that earthworms would appear due to the ground softening. But it also has other names: Full Crow Moon, Full Crust Moon, Full Sap Moon and Lenten Moon. (more…)
The Spring Equinox is a magical and positive time of year; sometimes called Eostre or Ostara after the German Spring Goddess, this period in the calendar represents the life-cycle, birth and renewal.
It is the perfect opportunity to give thanks for the things that have happened in our lives, and equally to say goodbye to the past in order to leave room to welcome in new opportunities and people into our lives.
In the UK the Spring or Vernal Equinox takes place on the 20th March 2017 at 10.28 GMT. Equinox of course stands for equal night and day, and the time marks the mid-point between winter and summer – Mother nature is re-born, the Sun God returns and brings with it fertility and new life. (more…)
We have two equinoxes each year around the 22nd of September and the 20th of March, the word “equinox” comes from Latin meaning “equal night”. They are the dates where the length of daylight is exactly equal to the length of night, 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of darkness. Although the exact amount of daylight is not exactly 12 hours, the equinox is actually the time when the centre of the sun crosses the celestial equator. The exact time of day this happens can be calculated and for 22nd of September 2012 autumn equinox will be at 2:49 pm. The autumn equinox is the sun moving from north to south when the days get gradually shorter in to winter. (more…)