Autumnal Equinox

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Today is the Autumnal Equinox, one of Japan’s national holidays. On this day, most Japanese go visit their familial grave, and hold family reunions. As it may seem conspicuous to make the equinox a holiday from a western point of view, the custom actually goes way back to the pre-Christian era, and is often associated with witchcraft in many western traditions. Also known as the Sabbat, or Mabon, for which some people “pay their respects to the impending dark, give thanks to the waning sunlight, honor the The Green Man (i.e.the God of the Forest), by offering libations to trees, offer ciders, wines, herbs and fertilizer, celebrate the aging Goddess as she passes from Mother to Crone, and consort the God as he prepares for death and re-birth.”

Me? Nothing that fancy. I’ll stay home and work on my mid-term assignment, and I’ll probably go out for a bite later tonight. Cheers.

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4 Responses to “Autumnal Equinox”

  1. Nancy Says:

    Actually we witches call it Autumn Equinox too, In England anyway (and that’s supposed to be where it all started). Nice to see someone blog about us though, love the picture of the green man.

  2. Sylvain Says:

    Hi Nancy, thanx for your comment.

    When I wrote that post, I never imagined witches would actually be interested in it. I was merely stating the fact that some people hold different beliefs and have different customs. I’m glad you liked it.

  3. tickles Says:

    hehe, that spinning globe is killing my processing speeds :D its pretty cool looking though :)

    It’s wiccans who celebrate Equinoxes and Solstices, correct? Forgive me if I’m wrong, I’m not a theism scholar :)

    This is my favorite time of the year, the fall season. The air, the apples, the sunsets, all the best this time of year.

  4. Omni Says:

    I hope you enjoyed the equinox!! :-)