Welcome Fall.  Today’s blog highlights the actual day of the equinox and offers ideas that you might wish to use to observe or create ceremony.  In the new era’s energy, you may not feel called to do ceremony or ritual any more.  In that case you may want to check out the section on connecting with the new cosmic energies or simply tune in with your inner wisdom to see how you wish to celebrate this next aspect of the annual cycle

I hope you have enjoyed the blog series on the equinox, and gotten some ideas to celebrate the event.  Remember the energy lasts for another 3-16 more days, depending on the tradition you resonate with.  Take what appeals to you and repeat as you feel guided.  Watch the videos from the past week if you haven’t had a chance, or watch them again if you just love the energy they evoke.

Here are a few suggestions for observances and a ceremony for the Equinox.

Connect with Nature and the Divine

As I mentioned in my September 19th blog on preparing for the equinox, Here’s a quick ritual to celebrate the equinox

  • Connect with the environment, with Mother Nature and her cycles.  An easy way to do this is to go outside on the equinox. The exact time is  Thursday, September 22, 2016 at  7:21 am  PDT   (02:21 UT  ) but the energy is strong for days before and after.
  • Using your 5 senses, look around — see the colours, smell nature,  smell a tree, flowers, the soil etc.) Listen for any natural sounds, feel the wind and a tree and flower, and see if there is anything that is safe to taste.
  • Reflect on how often you are in the habit of noticing your natural surroundings in your daily life. Make a plan for how you could incorporate this habit more into your  day. For example, when I drive I notice the trees, landscape, clouds when I am stopped in traffic. It expands the heart and soul, focuses the mind on the moment and really decreases impatience and  irritation with fellow drivers.
  • Feel your gratitude for life and all you have.  Intensify that feeling until you experience bliss and connection with everything inside and around you….All Your Relations – past present and future, in bodies and form and without.
  • From that highest vibration place of bliss connect and receive with source energy. The energy of All That IS, whatever you call the energy of Creation. Receive the energy of love and light from everywhere around you.
  • Set your intention for the next cycle, the season .
  • Express your respect, honour and love for All Your Relations and All That Is, and offer whatever service you are called to in that moment.
  • End the observance respectfully thanking all the beings who have joined you to celebrate this amazing moment.

Connect with the Newest Cosmic Energy

If you are into a less traditional energy, some of these ideas may appeal to you. Incorporate those that resonate  into the above ritual, or set aside some time while the equinox energies are pouring in to try them.

  •  Take a moment to reflect on what awesome things have changed for you, for humanity, for the earth and the universe since the shift of the ages. Many changes have occurred offering the opportunity for higher vibration perceptions, actions and outcomes.
  •  Shift your awareness to your partnership with nature. Breathe out and provides CO2 to the trees for you and breath in the O2 they offer you. Be aware of your outbreath for trees and plants throughout day. Purposefully connect with them — look at the newest colours and communicate with the energy that has come in so far this year– feel the colours, hear them, smell them, taste them. Feel your energy exchange with the rocks and stones. Alchemically stir life – grow it into more, the newest coming thru made available to earth. Co-create with this power.
  • The way we live in this new age involves always asking “what’s your newest relationship with everything???
  • What messages are there about your next steps in the upcoming quarter of the year? How can you align with the cosmic energy to bring about what is yours to do? Is there an overall strategy or vision? Or are you being guided to take it step by step
  •  Dance with the sentient energies and guide the direction of your desired outcome, the energetic flow, feel how in tune you are. Feel the energy flow – back and forth –
  •  What do you wish to choose and create? What alchemical essence of you (as a point of creation) do you add into the mix of this newest of the new presenchience coming in?      What is presenchience? It’s the new languaging that I co-created at the Visionary Network Mega Event in May 2013. It’s the Presence of Life as the Allness and even moreness – beyond allness, beyond consciousness, beyond chi, beyond energy, beyond sentience, beyond source. 
  • Feel the presenchience resonating thru you deep in your essence. Feel its effervescence bubbling in every subatomic particle that is you as both a unique point of creation and as the allness and moreness.
  • Now breathe in. And breathe out what you have created, breathe it into the centre of the alchemical spiral , vortex, with everyone who is in highest vibration, wanting to make a difference in the world. Breathe in everyone’s highest conscious creation. Breathe it out over 7 billion humans.
  •  Share what you have created individually and in combination with those working to make a difference, to bring in the newest energy into this era. Gift it to over 7 billion humans – making it available to everyone and anyone who is asking to know if there is more than what is our apparent illusionary reality of 3rd dimension; to everyone and anyone who knows there is more and is allowing it in and using it to make a difference in their own lives and in the lives of anyone and everyone who is open and ready to receive the grace of our creation.

 

If you want to do a ceremony or ritual based on the preparatory work you have done, Here is a version of  a  ceremony I use.

Traditional Sacred Earth Ceremony –

Review Step 4 in the preparation for the equinox blog (click here for the link)

Set up

Review your self evaluation and intentions.  Write down what is no longer useful that you wish to move out of your reality and what you want to attract into your life.
Gather up a sacred cloth which you can use to place a candle, perhaps wine or juice — offerings  for Mother Earth.  You might wish to select a crystal that is significant for you, or flowers.   The Mayas always ensured they had gifts for the Alusha  – mischievous creatures that love chocolate and tobacco.
Find a special place that feels sacred or resonates with special high vibing energies.

Connect with the Sacred

Connect to your highest self, nature, the energies of the 4 directions, East West North and South, and Mother Earth (below), Father Sky (above)  and within.   Invite them to attend the ceremony.  Be aware of any changes in nature – the sun coming out, a wind occurring, birds quieting…..
Ask permission to conduct the ceremony from the energies of the ancestors and the natural elements of the area.
Ask the divine energies of the highest vibration, however you conceive them for guidance in carrying out your wishes. Feel your Oneness with them and the energy of Creation.

Part One – What Do You Wish to Move Out of Your Reality

Think of what is whole in your life and what you wish to change. Do not put a lot of energy or feeling into this, just be aware. 

Take the paper with what is no longer useful or what you wish to eliminate from your reality and burn it. Know the energy has been transmuted into higher vibrations for use by the universe.

Part Two  Create your intentions.

Review your intentions.

Close your eyes and lie, sit, or stand in bare feet on the ground feeling mother earth supporting you, loving you.

Use your senses and feel what it is like to have your intentions manifested in your life right now:

  • Imagine what happens on a typical day
  • Do you have a new habit? see yourself doing that
  • What is your life like? Imagine a scene from your life and look around where are you? What is around you? Are you inside or outside? What can you smell? Imagine touching something near where you are. What can you hear?  Where do you eat? What do you eat? How does it taste?
  • Do you have a new habit? See yourself doing that
  • Is your intuition heightened? How do your messages come can you hear,see, know? Is there a signature scent eg. some people smell roses, when they feel Mother Mary energy 
  • Do you have new friends? relationships? A new job?
  • Do you live in same town?  The same country?

Really feel what it is like to have your intentions happening in your life right now.

Then take the paper and burn it, intending that the energy rises with the smoke alerting the universe to your intention.

Know it has manifested in all dimensions and is coming in the best timing for all involved into the 3rd dimension.

Use any of the activities in the observances above if you wish to do further ceremony.

You might  choose something  from nature in the area you are celebrating that you would like to be imbued with the energy of the ceremony. Ask it if it is willing to come with you to symbolize and remind you of the sacred ceremony.  Listen to your intuition to hear the response. Lay it on the sacred cloth.

When you feel complete, thank the directions, Mother Earth, Father Sky and all  the ancestors, guardians and energies that have attended.  Offer any gifts, drink the wine/juice if you brought it and spill some in offering.  Tell them you honour them and love them and feel your connection with their sentient energies.

 

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I hope you have enjoyed the blog series on the equinox, and gotten some ideas to celebrate the event.  Remember the energy lasts for another 3-16 more days, depending on the tradition you resonate with.  Take what appeals to you and repeat as you feel guided.  Watch the videos from the past week if you haven’t had a chance, or if you just love the energy they evoke.

 

Images: happy-fall-equinox-by-edenpictures-flickr-creative-commons

Gary Curkan‘s photo.  Green fairy changes the leaves for the first day of autumn…. the time of balance is drawing near!

 

 

 

 

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 Engage in Enjoyable Activities and Decorating for the Fall Equinox

Although the equinox is officially Thursday, you can experience a Happy Equinox starting right now and extending for a week or so after.  May your life be full of high vibration abundance. Ive gathered a host of ideas together and I’m reposting this so you dont have to search thru my archives.  

old moss womans secret garden facebook photo 1230067_530452120357679_1564818694_nThe harvest season in the northern hemisphere has been celebrated in many ways.  Many organized religions have harvest festivals  and celebrations honouring nature and expressing gratitude for the earths bounty go back even further.

Gratitude has been a key theme in all celebrations.  I will share more about the different ways cultures across the globe celebrate the equinox in this blog series, but today I want to share some activities you and your friends and families may want to create.

Be sure to watch the videos.  The first shares Equinox lore, metaphysical symbols, colours, crystals herbs and a ritual celebrating the earth. Its a great way to fuel your imagination and create your own unique decorations and festivities  The second gives concrete examples of activities that enhance your equinox experience.

Decorations

The world around us provides beautiful decorations:Decorate the table and home with leaves, fruits, candles and ribbons choosing autumnal colors to suit the season: rich red, brown, orange, russet, maroon, gold green, violet, indigo, yellow, indigo and copper,

  • You might choose to decorate Walls and furniture with any of the symbols of fall : garlands, wheat and other stalk grains, melons, fall flowers such as chrysanthemums, and asters, acorns, nuts, colourful seeds, pomegranates, wine, gourds, pine cones, apples and vine products, branches of berries, stones associated with the energy of fall: Sapphire, lapis lazuli, and yellow agates, horns of plenty and cornucopias.
  • Hang dried ears of maize/corn around your home in appreciation of the harvest season .
  • Burn scented incenses or candles including: cinnamon, Autumn Blend-benzoin, myrrh, and sage myrtle and rosemary.

Family Feast

Gather the fruits of the earth for a great celebratory meal with friends and family, to give thanks for the abundance of good things that support one in life. Gather berries, home grown vegetables, attend a market of fresh foods and pile the table high with delicious food prepared with love. Pick some traditional food, drink, spices and herbs for the banquet. These include grapes, wheat, corn, breads, nuts, apples, pomegranates, and root vegetables such as potatoes, carrots, and onions, beans, squash, wine, ale, cider, cinnamon, cloves and sage.  More ideas can be found in the Mabon/Autumn Equinox video by Helen Demetriou 

  • Make the feast unique by including the following Ceremony to the Harvest
  • Select the best of each vegetable, herb, fruit, nut, and other food you have harvested or purchased and give it back to Mother Earth with prayers of Thanksgiving.
  • Do a thanksgiving circle, offering thanks as you face each direction—for home, finances, and physical health (North); for gifts of knowledge (East); for accomplishments in career and hobbies (South); for relationships (West); and for spiritual insights and messages (Above); Speak to Mother Earth. Tell her you love and respect her and are grateful for her gifts (Below); offer thanks and love to yourself and spend a moment reflecting on your accomplishments since Summer Solstice (within).

Fall Activities:

You may wish to include these activities during the three days before and after the equinox, or in the next few weeks.

This time of year provides a good opportunity to

  • Walk in nature and savour the first 3 days of fall.
  • Adorn burial sites with leaves, acorns, and pine cones to honour those who have passed over.
  • Make wine, gather dried herbs, plants, seeds and seed pods,
  • Scatter offerings in harvested fields,
  • Offer libations to trees – another old custom–you also get to drink with the trees.
  • Preserve and can summer’s fruit, grains, herbs, and vegetables for later use during the cold times Do meditation and chanting as you store away food for the Winter.

The following video Mabon/Autumn Equinox video by Helen Demetriou has more great ideas. This video shares factual information about the equinox, symbols, colours, crystals, herbs, foods, associated with equinox celebrations as well as lore about nature celebrations, invoking legendary goddesses and earth religion honouring rituals.


A fun activity to keep people happy while the feast is being prepared and set out is one that many people do during equinox celebrations; balance eggs on their ends. This is a wonderful symbol of balance, I know and have read of people who have managed to do it on the equinoxes.Balancing Eggs

 

An activity to do with children is to make a corn wheel. Start with a grape vine or straw wreath. Wrap corn husks around the wreath, leaving some of their leaves dangling. Secure with sticky glue and attach a symbol of harvest such as miniature ears of Indian corn to a small disk in the wreath’s middle.

An example of a harvest wreath is just one of the many activities shown in the video Autumn Equinox Ideas by CharmingPixieFlora

Another fun Autumn Equinox Craft is making a Corn Dolly

In some traditions Stalks are tied together symbolizing the Harvest Lord and then set in a circle of gourds. A besom is constructed to symbolize the polarity of male and female. The Harvest Lord is often symbolized by a straw man, whose sacrificial body is burned and its ashes scattered upon the earth. The Harvest Queen, or Kern Baby, is made from the last sheaf of the harvest and bundled by the reapers who proclaim, ‘We have the Kern!’ The sheaf is dressed in a white frock decorated with colorful ribbons depicting spring, and then hung upon a pole (a phallic fertility symbol). In Scotland, the last sheaf of harvest is called the Maiden, and must be cut by the youngest female in attendance.” This tradition can be adapted by the following

Autumn Equinox Craft Making a Corn Dolly By RANDY KIDD

Wheat weaving is as old as farming and a heck of a lot easier. If you can braid hair or tie an overhand knot, you’ll be weaving in no time. Because I grow wheat right in back of my house, I’ve had plenty of experience making wheat handcrafts for a long time now. “Corn dollies;” which were designed over a century ago, are probably my favourite crafts project. For years, people have given these wheat-made figures to friends and family members during harvest time — they were originally created to represent the gods of harvest. (In Europe, corn once referred to all grains; “dolly” comes from the word “idol.”) I’ve certainly given my own share of dollies as gifts, and I’ve saved several for myself, too. I love knowing that woven into each of these figures is a history as rich as the fields in which the grain grew. And now I pass the tradition onto you:

corn dollys for sale by by ronsaunders47 flickr creative commons 941643830_93df225c87The first step to making a corn dolly is choosing the wheat you’ll use, and there are some basic rules to follow. You should select long wheat stalks that stand erect and straight (stalks should measure more than 18 inches from the base of the head to the first joint on the stalk), and the stem of your stalk should be slender and golden. The stalks in the prime of ripeness are those that are most golden; avoid any stocks with green, which will never ripen to golden.
Just before you start your project, temper the stalks by soaking them for 20 to 40 minutes in cool to lukewarm water. Don’t use hot water, which will remove the natural shine and gloss of the wheat. After soaking, wrap the stalks in a wet bath towel and let them set for about 15 minutes or so. The stalks are then ready for weaving, and you can use the wrapped straw all day long (or at least until it gets soggy).

There are a few different techniques used in wheat-weaving. The one that you will be using is called “weaving around a base.” This creates a thick spiral of wheat with a hollow center — the hollow core’s size depends upon the size of the dowel used. The design is made by working the wheat around a removable dowel core (or a core of “waste” wheat stems). You should probably start with a pencil-size dowel; then, as your fingers get better at weaving, you can move on to a larger size.
Now you’re ready to begin.

  • Take five pieces of straw with heads, and 20 to 30 more stalk stems. Tie the five pieces (with heads) around your dowel, making the tie as close to the wheat heads as possible with the clove hitch knot (see illustration). Bend each stem in a 90 degree angle, so that one head points in each direction. (Think of the north, south, east, and west points on the compass.) This arrangement will leave one extra straw that you’ll aim just to your left, assuming you are sitting south of the compass.
  • Start with the extra “beginner” straw pointed toward you (the one just to the left of the south stem) and bend it up parallel to the dowel. Then bend it to the right over two wheat stems. If you’re thinking compass: your first bend will be over the south and east stems.
  • Now, turn the dowel 90 degrees (a 1/4 turn) clockwise. The east stem will now become the south stem. Take your new south stem and bend it over two more stems. Again, turn the dowel 90 degrees, and repeat the process. It will take five bends to complete the circle, and you’ll continue building up circles one on top of the other. It won’t be long before you’ll reach the end of a stem and run out of straw. Simply join another straw stem into the “run-out” one. To do so, cut the small end of a stem (the end nearest the top) at an angle and then slip this end into the larger, hollow end of the used-up stem. Try to use only one of these for each round around the dowel or it will weaken the spiral.
  • When you’ve made the size dolly you want, simply tie off the ends with a brightly colored ribbon or another piece of straw. Add the finishing touch by joining heads into the weave, which will leave you with straw heads at both the top and bottom of your weave.

 

Since the fall equinox is often celebrated for 7 days, these ideas can increase your sense of fun and deepen your appreciation for Mother Nature and all you have received of her bounty.

Other articles are available about ways to prepare physically, mentally emotionally and spiritually for this time of year when the energy is powerful and the “veil” between dimensions is very thin.uquinox

 

Images: old moss woman`s secret-garden facebook photo

Equinox-  balancing an egg  by Tony Crider.  flickr creative commons

               Corn dollys for sale by ronsaunders47.  flickr creative commons

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4 Steps to Prepare for the Fall Equinox in the Extra-Powerful September Energies

Fall equinox

It is autumn in the Northern Hemisphere, a time when we celebrate the harvest of our projects, and set intentions for the next quarter leading to the Winter Solstice.  The energy this year is phenomenal,  because in addition to the equinox energy,  September is such an astounding month full of significant energies if you can […]

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