wonder you invest a lot of effort into the heartfelt thanksgivings you
offer to your gods, beseeching Their blessing and nourishment through
the cold months ahead. No wonder you lay out a
representation of your harvest as an acknowledgement of Their
bounty. No wonder you watch the skies anxiously, assiduously
check over your food stores, determinedly push yourself on to find that
last berry on the coldest day.
Our Autumnal follows this theme
of celebration and thanksgiving. But we also see it as a
time of challenge, where we turn to meet the darkness, and assess what
we have achieved in the year behind us – gathering our personal
harvest, if you will. We see this day as a “call to arms”
of sorts. Evil moves easily in darkness, but therein reside
the miracles of the darker Goddesses too. Not all the denizens of
the dark are to be feared – though all are to be respected.
seerwork from this ceremony is regarded as an “instruction manual” to
get us through to Lights, and often contains some profound warnings and
observations. We weigh our own contribution since last we came to
the Autumnal, attempting to gauge what we have contributed.
This is important for us, for it prepares us for another festival later
in the year where we assess the overall function of the entire group
throughout the year and, hopefully, discover that we have given more
than we took.
There is a point in the ceremony where each of us
is given time to silently call upon the High Powers for a personal
symbol which encapsulates the contribution we can each make over the
next few months. None of us speak of this symbol until we reach
the Vernal in the following year. At that point we do our best to
make sense of how each of us was able to enact what we saw or
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