Monday, September 12, 2011

Fall Equinox Newsletter

Fall Equinox- ca. September 21st
    This is the 2nd of 3 harvest festivals and just like Lughnassadh, all over the world, homage is being paid to the last sheaf of corn being cut from the harvest field. The last sheaf is believed to embody the spirit of the corn. To ensure good harvest yields, it was necessary to keep this spirit alive so the sheaf became the center of an incredible ritual that, in spite of its Pagan overtones, has remained in many countries around the globe. The last sheaf of corn was braided or bound into wreathes, brooms or other crafts. The Corn Mother has always ruled this day whether she is called Demeter, Persephone, Cerridwen, Bride/Bridget, the Callieach, the Corn Maiden, Mother Corn, the First Mother, Selu or Kahesana Xaskwim. Day and night are equal now. This is the beginning of Persephone’s descent into the underworld. With Her leaving we see the decline and withering of nature and the coming of Winter.

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