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« Topic Start: September 14, 2008, 02:03:22 pm »

Just curious.

I'd like to go to a panpagan celebration, but I haven't found yet any in my region. (I'm working on getting better connected at the moment.) So as I'll most likely be celebrating solitary I'm thinking of spending some time outside if the weather is fine and having a short informal 'ritual' (if you can call it that) or meditation. Most likely I'll collect a lot of autumn decoration outside (leaves, maroons...). Also I'm thinking of cooking a meal with seasonal stuff to celebrate the harvest.

One issue is that as I've just started a new job in a new city somehow the theme of autumn & harvest doesn't really fit into my personal life phase at the moment. I feel like Imbolc would fit much better right now.  Cheesy


What will you focus on and what are you planning to do? Are there any aspects in your personal life fitting to the actual seasonal celebration?
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« Reply #1: September 14, 2008, 02:14:18 pm »

Just curious.

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What will you focus on and what are you planning to do? Are there any aspects in your personal life fitting to the actual seasonal celebration?

The equinox doesn't figure into my path.  On that day I will be in school and that evening I will probably either be on here, doing homework, watching TV/a movie or some combination of the above.

Which probably is the best.  Where I live, it still feels like summer until October Tongue
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« Reply #2: September 14, 2008, 02:21:46 pm »

What will you focus on and what are you planning to do? Are there any aspects in your personal life fitting to the actual seasonal celebration?

I´ll very propably perform a ritual and have feast with my working group. In other day I´m also going to make a nice vmeal using fresh harvest products and share it with my fiance and all the friends that wish to partisipate. I have to maybe add some meat to the my veggie-based meal ´cause it usually is aquired by my significant other and male friends. I will also do some offerings from the left overs of that meal and maybe also something else that I´ve choose to be fit to offer. when offering I am also gonna have my private moment thinking on a subject and connecting to Gods.

I also have some new ritual ojects that I´d like to concecrate if I am gonna have ritual on my own. But I think I´m gonna save that to the Full Moon and keep Mabon only for feast and honoring the Wheel of the Year.

I´ve been walking in the woods lately quite much so i think I am quite good in tune with nature right now so it gives lot of extra feeling to this. Though it is Samhain that I am really waiting for and I´m glad I still have a lot of time to think what else would I like to do after the group ritual.
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« Reply #3: September 14, 2008, 04:35:31 pm »

What will you focus on and what are you planning to do? Are there any aspects in your personal life fitting to the actual seasonal celebration?

Fall equinox is in some ways my favorite Sabbat, because the 22nd is my birthday - so on a personal level, it's a really good time to look at what I've done in the last year, and what I hope to do in the next one. (It's also around the time when I really settle into deciding what I'm doing this year in my professional life, since I work in a school, which is also tidy.)

This year, I'm turning 33, which as some of you may know, is the age at which Tolkien's Hobbits become adults, and I couldn't resist the opportunity to make use of this. (Depending on how you translate the calendars, I share a birthday with Bilbo and Frodo, see.)

So, I'm arriving at my covenmate's at around 10:30 in the morning. We will have elevenses (apples, British cheeses, and good homemade bread.) We'll do some divination work for the coming months of coven work (since we're about 6 months into the coven, and considering our first new students, this seems like a good thing.)

At around 12:30, a few close friends are arriving. We'll have lunch (pasties, more of the cheese and bread, etc), some ritual work around harvest and community - what things we're gathering in this harvest, what things we wish to lay aside and cull from our lives going forward. We'll design symbols to go with this. Around 3:30, we'll have tea (tea, scones, clotted cream)

Around 4:30, more people are invited (not sure yet how may people are going to make it yet) and there will be music and food and conversation and many other good things until we give up for the night. (I've got to work on Monday, so it'll be around 8.) We'll have steak and kidney pie, root vegetable stew, broiled mushrooms - and some totally decadent chocolate brownies, because there really needs to be chocolate.

There will also be the keeping of the Hobbit tradition, wherein the birthday person distributes small tokens to the guests. I've got a great plot for these, and I'm *so* looking forward to handing them over. (Need to do the last piece of it over this coming week: I'm spending all day Saturday cooking, plus either Thursday or Friday night after work. It'll be lovely.) I understand various of my friends are also plotting for me.

I'm looking forward to it a lot - it's a fair bit of planning (and cooking) but we've mostly chosen stuff that'll freeze just fine if we have leftovers, and that is pretty easy to put together.
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« Reply #4: September 14, 2008, 09:40:56 pm »

What will you focus on and what are you planning to do? Are there any aspects in your personal life fitting to the actual seasonal celebration?

Well, I've been harvesting some of the work I've been doing all year - moving to Chicago, getting my first (temp) job in my field here, doing more Thelemic ritual work.

My Equinox ritual has actually stayed fairly similar since I started celebrating it.  My beloved and I (and hopefully one of our friends) will be honoring Demeter, Persephone, and Hekate and doing magic around what we want to harvest, probably involving cider and/or tasty things.
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« Reply #5: September 14, 2008, 09:43:16 pm »

This year, I'm turning 33, which as some of you may know, is the age at which Tolkien's Hobbits become adults, and I couldn't resist the opportunity to make use of this.

That's a seriously cool idea, and it sounds like it'll be a lot of fun.  Smiley
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« Reply #6: September 14, 2008, 09:53:07 pm »

One issue is that as I've just started a new job in a new city somehow the theme of autumn & harvest doesn't really fit into my personal life phase at the moment. I feel like Imbolc would fit much better right now.  Cheesy

Perhaps you could look at your new job and city etc. as the natural harvest of your academic season?  The next few months are for appreciating and securing what you've been learning (like canning and preserving, -g), leaving Imbolc for the actual beginnings of the 'new you', the confident professional.

As for what I'm doing, I'm afraid I'm abandoning any religious associations for the moment.  My mother died on the summer solstice, and I am taking this first equinox to come to my own balance about that.  I will probably be writing a lot of stuff, and maybe putting some on my LJ to close out some old posts.

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« Reply #7: September 14, 2008, 10:48:34 pm »

Just curious.

I'd like to go to a panpagan celebration, but I haven't found yet any in my region.

you might check the Reclaiming website, b/c I know they are pretty active in Germany, although whether they are in your neck of the woods I don't know. They always have really fun public celebrations, I will probably go to the one here next saturday.

I will probably also be hosting some kind of Mabon do for my Sha'Can community, but haven't firmed it up yet. The kids and I will do some fall stuff-go for a woods walk and gather stuff to make a wreath, and so on. Usually the weather here is gorgeous for the equinox, so we will probably bbq and have fun in the backyard, regardless of whether we do a ritual or not.

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« Reply #8: September 15, 2008, 11:22:22 am »

Usually the weather here is gorgeous for the equinox, so we will probably bbq and have fun in the backyard, regardless of whether we do a ritual or not.

Sounds like us.  I'm inviting a few friends over to hang out w/ a fire in the firepit for roasting hotdogs and having s'mores and the telescope out (hope it will be clear).  It's going to be real casual.  Ritual I like to keep personal, besides few of my friends would understand, even if they understand marking the seasons...
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« Reply #9: September 15, 2008, 04:06:46 pm »


What will you focus on and what are you planning to do? Are there any aspects in your personal life fitting to the actual seasonal celebration?

Celebrating my one-year wedding anniversary (Sept 21st).  I'm still undecided about attending local rituals and/or doing my own.  We'll see.
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« Reply #10: September 15, 2008, 04:17:18 pm »

Usually the weather here is gorgeous for the equinox, so we will probably bbq and have fun in the backyard, regardless of whether we do a ritual or not.



That's usually what I do with my daughter on the equinox. As soon as she gets old enough I'll probably tell her why we spend the day outside, but she's 4 so she doesn't care right now.
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« Reply #11: September 15, 2008, 08:16:08 pm »

What will you focus on and what are you planning to do? Are there any aspects in your personal life fitting to the actual seasonal celebration?

I love the Autumn Equinox, as to me it marks the start of my favorite season. I begin to start making my stews again, and I make lots of seasonal decorations for the house. I love the oranges and reds of this time of year. And the spiced candles, mmm  Smiley  Therefore, this Equinox I am going to be looking forward to what's to come and be very thankful for it. I'll also think back over the long summer that is now waning. It's been a very long summer, which was very up and down emotionally. I need time to catalogue my thoughts, take a deep breath, and start a new season of my life. The Autumn Equinox is the perfect time for me to do that.
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« Reply #12: September 15, 2008, 10:11:41 pm »

What will you focus on and what are you planning to do? Are there any aspects in your personal life fitting to the actual seasonal celebration?

I have not decided yet.   Plus, I never really feel there is that much to celebrate, I am NOT a lover of cold weather.  I do however love Halloween. I make a huge deal out of that.
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« Reply #13: September 16, 2008, 01:37:29 am »

I love the Autumn Equinox, as to me it marks the start of my favorite season. I begin to start making my stews again, and I make lots of seasonal decorations for the house. I love the oranges and reds of this time of year. And the spiced candles, mmm  Smiley 

I love autumn too, but it doesn't really start here til well after the equinox, more like late october. But lots of fall/halloween dec is around. Today I found really yummy-smelling candles at Walgreen's (good old Walgreen's....pagan celebration cheap dec. central). They were in very pretty crackle glass holders, and smelled more like sandalwood than pumpkin (which is what they were suppposed to be)
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« Reply #14: September 18, 2008, 05:41:35 pm »

What will you focus on and what are you planning to do? Are there any aspects in your personal life fitting to the actual seasonal celebration?

I have a henge  in my backyard where I will spend the night out in the weather (an ice storm will run me inside). I will maintain a small fire for a day or two before hand to get the energies flowing and then stoke it the sunset before the solstice.  Nothing makes the experience more enlightening/memorable than facing the elements one on one.  It’s not hard to be aware of your place in the natural world when you are feeling the power of the forces that be.  One year it was 6 degrees with a full moon, no wind and clear sky with two feet of fresh snow.  I’ll never forget that one, it was truly magical and inspiring. One year it was a struggle and took weeks to recover.

 The menu for the celebration usually included items from the garden, along with roasting chestnuts, almond stuffed dates, homemade bread and some sort of roast beast (more like a duck or pork shoulder, maybe a salmon). 

Winter solstice is a time for me to reflect on the year just past and a time to look towards to new beginnings. I use the occasion to be brutally honest with myself. I laugh, I cry and after I have faced up to my actions I purge  them by casting all the things I don’t like about myself into the fire. I do this so I can replace them with more enlightened decisions in the coming year.

I’m not a cold weather person so I use the solstice to mark the start of renewed spiritual growth while the world outside rests.  Winter Solstice has become my favorite day of the year. Winter is becoming my favorite time.

No matter what anyone does or doesn't do, I hope it serves them well.
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