Pagan circle for the Autumn Equinox (UK)

With the Full Moon and Equinox occurring on the same day this month, I think about how important these events were to ancient cultures.

I found a Pagan calendar online that shows Pagan, Witch, Druid and Heathen festivals, dates and events. Important Neo-Pagan festivals and religious holidays are included even if research into the origins are sketchy, as they are important in modern paganism.

Even if Paganism is far from your own beliefs, the stories of the fire festivals, the Celtic tree calendar, Pagan carvings, pictures, artifacts and writings are interesting to read in a historical context.

I will post this weekend, as I do each month, on the Full Moon and also on the Autumn Equinox, but here is some perspective on the equinox as viewed by Pagans.

The Autumn Equinox is called either Mabon, Harvest Home or Alban Elfed. On the autumnal equinox, there is a ritual of thanksgiving for the fruits of the earth and a recognition of the need to share them to secure the blessings of the Goddess and God during the winter months.

The use of the name Mabon is more prevalent in America (the calendar site is from the UK). In Britain, many Neo-Pagans of today dismiss Mabon as an unauthentic name. There is a good general introduction at wikipedia.org/wiki/Mabon

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