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Autumn Equinox

(Each year this date changes,
consult a calendar showing the exact date- The First Day of Fall)

Also Called:
Alban Elfed
Winter Finding
Fall Sabbat
Second Festival of Harvest.

This Sabbat is the second Festival of Harvest, and the time to celebrate the completion of the grain harvest which began at Lughnassadh.  The frost will hit soon, so the last of the herbs and other plants you wish to dry for winter use should be harvested now. 

On this day, Witches rededicate themselves to the Craft, and initiation ceremonies are performed. It is a time of Thanksgiving, meditation, and introspection.

Many traditions perform a special rite for the Goddess Persephone's descent into the Underworld.

Pagan folk work hard for the harvest yet to come, whether it be corn and hay from the fields or the personal projects and goals that we planned for the summer months. These equinoxes are reminders that the bleak days of winter as well as the lazy days of summer are temporary, that all things have their seasons, and nothing lasts forever. The law of polarity requires that all things be balanced by their opposites.

Add colored leaves to your house decorations. Stones found over the summer can be empowered for various purposes.

Traditional Foods:

  • Corn and wheat products

  • Breads

  • Nuts

  • Vegetables

  • Apples

  • Roots (carrots, onions, potatoes, etc.)

  • Cider

  • Pomegranites (to bless Persephone's journey into the dark realm of the Underworld).


  • Benzoin

  • Myrrh

  • Sage

Candle colors:

  • Brown

  • Green

  • Orange

  • Gold

  • Red

  • Yellow


  • Carnelian

  • Lapis Lazuli

  • Sapphire

  • Yellow agate

to go back

Samhain  /  Yule   /  Imbolg  /  Ostara  
Beltane  /  Summer Solstice  /  Lugnassadh  /  Autumn Equinox


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