(circa September 21)
Decorate the altar with acorns, oak sprigs, pine and
cypress cones, ears of corn, wheat
stalks and other fruits
and nuts. Also place there a small rustic basket filled
with dried leaves of various colours
Arrange the altar, light the candles and censer, and
cast the Circle of Stones.
Recite the Blessing Chant.
the Goddess and God.
Stand before the altar, holding aloft the basket of
leaves, and slowly scatter them so that they
cascade to the
ground within the circle. Say such words as these:
the days grow cold.
The Goddess pulls Her mantle of the Earth
Her as You,
O Great Sun God,
sail toward the West to the lands of
wrapped in the coolness
the hours of day and night are balanced.
Chill winds blow in from the North
In this seeming extinction of nature's power,
O Blessed Goddess,
I know that life continues.
spring is impossible without the second
as surely as life is impossible without
O Fallen God,
as You journey into the lands of winter
and into the Goddess' loving arms.
Place the basket down and say:
O Gracious Goddess of all fertility,
I have sown and reaped the fruits of my
Grant me the courage to plant seeds of joy
and love in the coming year,
banishing misery and hate.
me the secrets of wise existence upon
O Luminous One of the Night!
Works of magick, if necessary, may follow.
Celebrate the Simple Feast.