Fall Equinox Festive Activities

by on September 20, 2017

 Engage in Enjoyable Activities and Decorating for the Fall Equinox

Although the equinox is officially Friday, 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. I’ve 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.   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 .
  • Make mini wreaths using thin tree branches. Put dried moss along the bottom to sit minipumpkins on and tie the wreaths with wide orange ribbon to hang on your front door.
  • Make leaf luminairias using wax paper and an iron.  A version you can make safely with preschoolers is shared below.
  • Hollow out apples and Burn scented incenses or candles including: cinnamon, Autumn Blend-benzoin, myrrh, and sage myrtle and rosemary.  Use led candles if you have children and pets

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 next three days 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.
  • Watch for falling leaves, catch one in midair, make a wish, kiss it and toss it into the wind.
  • Go to a farmers market to enjoy the sights and smells of the fresh harvest.  You can purchase gourds and harvest decorations while supporting your local growers.
  • Scatter offerings to mother earth 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 express gratitude 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.  I am not wiccan or pagen, but find these practices are similar to indigenous peoples practices.  I modify them to what resonates with my love of the heart of the earth and heart of the sky.


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

Activities for Children

Remember when you are doing activities for children to talk to them about holding nature in reverence, honouring its beauty and power and giving back to nature to thank it for its gifts.

I have seen some beautiful leaf lanterns made by preschoolers with help from adults.

You can also make some cute super easy autum leaf crowns

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another 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 several 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.

 

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.

Lanterns and crown,  Thanks to the unknown photographers.  If you know the origin please let me know.

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