Here are Graham's thoughts:
The Autumnal Equinox marks the mid-point of the sun as it moves across
the horizon from Summer Solstice to Winter Solstice. This means that
the festival usually falls around the 20th to the 22nd of September.
Astrologically, this happens when the Sun enters Libra.
day is also known as Harvest Home and would have roughly marked the end
of the grain or cereal harvest. The actual date would have varied from
year to year with the climate and the crop. Today's traditional
Christian harvest festivals provide a good template for the celebration
- collect in all the harvest and food, arrange it nicely and bless it.
The harvest aspects are overlaid with a real sense of gathering in, and
making ready for the Autumnal storms. It’s a good time to go around the
house or farm-stead, make repairs, and carry out maintenance.
as Lammas had ritual and tradition around the cutting of the first
sheaf, so the Autumnal Equinox has similar symbols with regard to the
cutting of the final sheaf. At this time of year, corn-dollies would be
made. This is vitally important, because they represent the spirit of
the corn. Essentially, the dollies are keeping this spirit alive until
ploughing and sowing when the whole process will start again. They are
the spiritual equivalent of saving the seed to plant next year. As a
way to motivate everyone to bring the harvest in before the Winter set
in, a great deal of importance would have been placed on being the
first farm in an area to bring in the harvest, so this kind of
symbolism has become attached to the Autumnal Equinox.
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