We have spent the last three weeks taking a journey to your inner grove and with the Three Cranes’ tender, Teutates. Now the final week, we can look at more traditional celebrations of the Autumnal Equinox.
The Equinox is a point in the celestial rotation that happens twice a year. During the Autumnal Equinox, much like the Spring, the day is divided neatly in half with equal amounts of sunlight and nighttime. Traditionally, the “Fall Solstice” as some Cranes may joke about was a time of reaping the last harvest of the season. This was a time of prosperity and thankfulness, often celebrated by rituals of thanks and offerings. Greeks celebrated Oschophoria, a festival for the reaping of grapes and thanks to Dionysus. Additionally, some celebrated feasts to Demeter and Persephone as Persephone was thematically ushered back down to be with Hades, beginning the dark portion of the year.
Mostly though, it was widely an agricultural holiday.
Terms such as “Mabon” were not created in antiquity, but attributed later during the Neopagan revival.
That said, the honoring of Teutates is also appropriate for us, as the gardner calls to us to reap the rewards of our year of planting and harvest the fruits of our piety.
The prayers and work this week will work around that theme.
Teutates, expert gardner,
who trims away ailing branches so the garden may thrive.
Be with us and guide our hands,
as we harvest the fruit of our piety.
Remind us of our abundance,
but let us not forget the work that must be done again
to maintain our piety and our inner grove.
Building upon last week’s meditation, you may begin by centering in the way it is most comfortable. Sit comfortably and in a quiet space.
To begin your journey, return to the slow breaths. When you inhale, inhale fully, on a three count. Hold it for three count, then exhale completely on a three count. When you are ready, return your mind’s eye to your perfect garden, your inner grove. This time, however, envision the grove, the garden filled with fruits, grains, whatever your garden would manifest.
There at the center, is Teutates. Now, he bears a tool, one of reaping the abundance your work and piety has grown. It is time to work once more to reap the rewards as you stand side by side with Teutates. Allow the work to make you feel grateful, as you swing your arms, and pluck the fruits. Envision the gratitude you feel for the work done and allow yourself to feel the thanksgiving as your hard work bears fruit.
When you are done, thank the faithful tender of our tribe. Leave with the abundance you have harvested together and bring it with you to the waking world.
We are called to service with the thought of abundance in our hearts. Service this week is to share your abundance. Be it financial support (donations) to an organization of your calling, a gift of your time in service, a donation of your craft or trade, or whatever manifestation you wish to give of your personal abundance.
Bright Blessings & Happy Autumn Equinox!