example if you planted herbs earlier in the year as part of your
acknowledgement of the Wheel of the Year, many of these will be begging
to flower now. Crop them carefully, and dry what you will
not now use so that you have a ready supply during the winter
months. Similarly harvest your vegetables and fruit
thoroughly, and store what you do not use now, in the spirit of
gathering to see you and yours through winter.
When you do your
cropping think carefully about which plants you will wish to grow again
next year, and leave some plants specifically to go to seed, so that
you can gather and store these to sow next year. You should do
this on or around the Autumnal Equinox. Remember – your forebears
did not have garden centres bristling with seed packets at their
In storing and forward planning you will be engaging
much more strongly with this powerful cycle – and when you plant your
stored seed next year and begin the process of rearing it, you affirm
your affinity with age-old cycles.
If you choose to raise an
altar, think about gathering some grasses which are beginning to seed
from your garden or the surrounding area. Gather a couple
of bunches of partially ripened berries. Look for things that
encapsulate the concept of promise of coming bounty, and include these
in your display. And do not forget a loaf of bread.
choose not to be this formal, then follow Graham’s guidance for a
gathering of friends and relatives at which you serve food.
Invite people to bring a contribution. As he says, shared food is
central to the concept here.
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