Autumn Equinox Ritual

Items Needed:
acorns and oak leaves
fall flowers (mums, etc.)
gourds and miniature pumpkins
apples and knife
paper or Book of Shadows
list of “I believe” from Spring Equinox

Decorate your altar with the acorns, oak leaves, fall flowers, gourds, etc. If the leaves in your area have already begun to turn, include a basket of them as well. Arrange several apples on an attractive plate and place that on your altar as well. Keep your pen and paper (or Book of Shadows) nearby, along with your list of beliefs created during the Spring Equinox.

Begin your ritual with your usual Circle casting.

Today is the day I celebrate the Autumn Equinox I have cast my Circle so that I might celebrate with the Lord and Lady.

Settle yourself before your altar in whatever manner is most comfortable. Recite the following, or something similar, while reflecting on the meaning of the season:

The leaves are falling and the days grow colder.

The Lord has sailed to the West, taking the warmth of the Sun with Him.

The Lady remained behind, preparing for His rebirth and watching over us,

Her children.

Blessings on the Lord in His Western Land,

who’s death has provided us with an ample harvest.

Blessings on the Lady in Her lonely home,

for Her love will sustain us through the coming cold.

Take up one of the apples from you altar and hold it in both hands. Meditate on the personal meaning of this Sabbat, filling the apple with positive energy and the love you feel for the Lord and Lady. When ready, eat the apple. Set aside the seeds, if you wish, to be used during your next Spring Equinox ritual.

Next, take your pen and piece of paper and write out a list of all the things you believe. For example, “I believe that fairies exist.” You may also want to include a list of goals that you would like to accomplish before the Spring Equinox.

When you are done, bring out the list you wrote during the Spring Equinox ritual and compare it to what you have just written. If you don’t have a list, put away the list you have just created until the next Spring Equinox.

Close the ritual when you are ready, using your regular closing.

Follow up with a meal of seasonal produce and a dessert made with the apples that were sitting on your altar.

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