Fall/Autumn Equinox September 22, 2020 – Magickal Correspondences and Altar Ritual
The fall equinox, also called the autumnal equinox, September equinox, or Mabon, according to the Pagan tradition, arrives on Tuesday, September 22, 2020. Fall will begin in the Northern hemisphere while Spring begins in the Southern hemisphere.
The Fall equinox is all about us learning to balance our lives, as fall is the season that the days and nights are equal. It’s a time for giving thanks to the earth and to the harvest.
Notable Quotes about the Autumn Equinox
Autumn has caught us in our summer wear. – Philip Larkin, British Poet (1922-86)
The hazy, cloudless skies of Indian Summer. Leaves scurrying down the street before the wind. The cold shiver from an arctic blast. Indian Summer. The last warmth of the Sun. Chilly mornings and glorious warm afternoons. The Harvest Moon. The Hunter’s Moon. The Rainy Season. Dry corn stalks clattering in the wind. The touch of frost on grass and windowpane. The smell of burning leaves. --- Keith C. Heidorn
Autumn days come quickly, like the running of a hound on the moor.—Irish proverb
Autumn Equinox Magickal Correspondences
The Fall season corresponds with the Suit of Pentacles in the Tarot. The Pentacles exhibit an earth element and all about the physical and tangible world, the harvest, abundance, and plentiful times. The Pentacles resonate with the fertile earth.
Autumn Equinox Crystals for Balancing: Moonstone, Sunstone, Hematite, Purple Fluorite, Red Jasper, Dendrite.
Herbs to work with for the Fall Equinox: Burdock root, hawthorn berries and leaves, elderberries, turmeric, ginger.
Fall Equinox (Mabon) Altar Ritual:
Firstly, set up your altar and cast your sacred circle. Next, decorate your altar with items such as acorns, oak sprigs, pine and cypress cones, ears of corn, wheat stalks, fruits, and nuts. You can also add a small rustic basket filled with dried leaves of various colors and kinds, or potpourri. After you have completely finished decorating your altar, stand before it, holding the basket of leaves. Slowly scatter them so that they cascade to the ground within the circle. Recite such words as these: (Note: Feel free to modify as you see fit):
Leaves fall, the days grow cold. The Goddess pulls her mantle of Earth around her as you, O Great Sun God, sail towards the West, to the land of eternal enchantment, wrapped in the coolness of night. Fruits ripen, seeds drip, the hours of day and night are balanced. Chill winds blow in from the North wailing laments. In this seeming extinction of nature’s power, O Blessed Goddess, I know that life continues. For spring is impossible without the second harvest, as surely as life is impossible without death. Blessing upon you, O Fallen God, as you journey into the lands of winter and into the Goddess’ loving arms.
Now, place down the basket and say:
O Gracious Goddess of all fertility, I have sown and reaped the fruits of my actions, good and bad. Grant me the courage to plant seeds of joy and love in the coming year, banishing misery and hate. Teach me the secrets of wise existence upon the planet. O luminous one of the night!
Close your circle as you usually do.
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