We honor Mother Earth who has sacrificed the fruits of her labour so we can survive. Her seeds will be born once again at Beltane, after a long winter's rest.
During harvest, Mother Earth offers up all she bore at Midsummer. We take her bountiful gifts which leaves the land barren, until another turn of the seasonal wheel when she blooms with new life once.
Autumn is the time when nature bursts into all sorts of warm and wonderful colors. Gather an assortment of squash, buttercup, calabza, delicate hubbard, and kabocha. Arrange in a basket on a bed of straw wheat, barley, Indian corn, and a few dried autumn leaves and the squash to decorate the base of your altar. Scatter orange, gold, red, russet, copper leaves on the surface. Add a few acorns and pine cones A green pillar candle on the left to represent the bountiful harvest and a brown pillar candle on the right to represent the barren land after the harvest.
Your ritual should reflect on what fell out of balance, and how to right that balance.
The Autumn Equinox occurs as the Sun enters Libra on the 22nd. It's time to look back on the year thus far and express appreciation to the people you love and gratitude to the "powers that be" for the blessings in your life.
I'M THANKFUL FOR THE SUN AND MOON,
I'M THANKFUL FOR THE DAYLIGHT MOMENTS,
I'M THANKFUL FOR THE SUNSET HOUR,
I'M THANK FL FOR THE STARS,
I'M THANKFUL FOR THE AIR,
I'M THANKFUL FOR THE RIPEN GRAIN,
I'M THANKFUL FOR THE GOLD AND RED APPLES,
I'M THANKFUL FOR MY FRIENDS AND FAMILY,
I'M THANKFUL FOR MY NIEGHBORS,
I'M THANKFUL FOR THE HAPPINESS AROUND ME,
I'M THANKFUL FOR DIVINE INSPIRATION,
I'M THANKFUL FOR ANOTHER MOMENT HERE ON EARTH.