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Autumn Equinox

A very simple (as opposed to a full circle casting) Autumn Equinox meal/ceremony. Originally, P1 was father, P2 was mother, C1 was child.

All sit down to dinner. Meal should include bread and corn. Establish sacred time.

P1: Today the wheel has come to a special point.
    For half the year now there has been
    more light than dark, more warm than cool.
    Since Midsummers, though, the daylight has been fading
    and today dark and light are equal
    and tomorrow the dark half of the year will begin.

P2: That is why we celebrate today.
    It is the balance point between light and dark.
    It is the beginning of the return of the cool and dark.
    To the warm time as it leaves we say:
    Hail and Farewell!
    To the cool time as it comes in we say Welcome!
    Be gentle with your cold, be loving with your dark.

Light the sun candle.

P1: Even as the warm time passes,
    the light of the sun remains.
    He is in our midst,
    the Lord of the sky.
    The rains of spring will come again
    And bring life from the earth.

Hold up the bread and corn (and some of any other harvest)

P2: All summer the food has been growing
    and now Harvest is here.
    These are both sacred grains:
    Corn, the sacred grain of this country
    Wheat, the sacred grain of our ancestors.
    We bless them.
    May they bless us.

After dinner (just before dessert)

C1: The sun has nourished the fruits of summer
    and now it fades from the sky.