I start craving Autumn in July and by the first of September, I am planning my pumpkin adventures and dragging out whatever Autumn decor does not stay out year round. This summer has been hot and I can’t wait for the lengthening shadows and seeping notes of coolness that let us know the season is transitioning.
Autumn is a time of reflection. The transition of the season brings us into the space of our inner realms. We ponder the harvest that is occurring now from the seeds that have been planted in the past year. The Dark Goddesses whisper invitations of descent, inner journeying, and shadow work. As Gaia divests herself of all that no longer serves, we are being asked to do the same. Look closely at what is coming to fruition and what is stagnant and needs to be released.
Fall Equinox is the balance of dark and light, day and night. The drama of the descent of the Goddess throughout multiple cultures and traditions reflects the equinox: Demeter and Persephone, Inanna and Ereshkigal, Rhea and Ariadne. We honor the need for the downward spiral to connect with our deepest knowing. We reflect the shadows and the light. We know that we will rise again, renewed and filled with the wisdom of Goddess and her cycles. Sync with the season and create rites to honor the Goddesses who embody the Seasonal Soul of Autumn: Akibimi, Cerridwen, Changing Woman, Circe, Crow Woman, Demeter, Durga, Epona, Erishkegal, Hekate, Horae, Inanna, Isis, Kali, Macha, Maman Brigitte, Morrighan, Nepthys, Persephone, Rhiannon, The Fates.
Leading us through the innermost labyrinths are the Dark Queens whose liminal natures signify the mysteries present in working the energies of life, death and rebirth: Hekate, Kali, Durga, Cerridwen, the Morrighan, Arianrhod, Coatlicue, The Fates. The sweet sorrow of the Autumn season acknowledges that decay and death are always inevitable. We slip through the thinning veils and invite our Ancestors to sit and stay awhile, honoring our blood connections, our lineages, and our traditions.
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The Fall HolyDays are some of my favorites as well: Autumn Equinox, Samhain, Dia de los Muertos, All Saints’ Day, and All Souls’ Day, Fete Ghede, Navaratri (Durga Puja), Diwali. Gathering in community and celebration balances the challenging and rewarding inner work that we are undertaking.
The hypervigilance and uncertainty of the past 18 months is wearing on everyone. Our emotions, our physical being-ness, our spiritual practices, are being challenged over and over. The call of Goddess and Her offerings of sustenance have never been stronger or more needed. Take refuge in the slowing down of the season. Invite guidance from your Ancestors. Seek the depths of your soul connection to Goddess and treasure it as nourishment and an energy boost through the coming dark to the inevitable rise to light.
May you and your Beloveds be safe and well. MotherHouse and Mystery School of the Goddess are here to support you. Make sure you check in with us online to participate in the upcoming MotherHouse Goddess Temple meditations and access our FREE Autumn Equinox Meditation by Guest Priestess, Laura Perry below! PLUS, plans for our new Samhainfest, 13 days of Samhain, celebration will be forthcoming!
May the Shadow and Light of Goddess illuminate your soul and season! Take good care and I look forward to seeing you in Community.
As the world focuses on the balance of day and night, light and dark, we also think of the descent of Goddess: Persephone, Inanna, Ishtar. For this Autumn Equinox, we are delighted to introduce the Minoan myth of descent and rise for the Goddess Ariadne. Special Guest Priestess Laura Perry leads us through the myth of Ariadne and how the Equinox was celebrated in ancient Crete.
Modern Minoan Paganism: Autumn Equinox and Ariadne’s Joyous Return – From Laura:
Throughout the ages, different cultures have celebrated the new year on a variety of dates. The ancient Minoans didn’t have the four-season cycle of spring, summer, autumn and winter like those of us in the northern temperate zones do. Instead, they had a rainy season and a dry season – two halves of the year – the Mediterranean climate. Even today, the summers are hot and dry, the rivers become sluggish, and the plants wither to crispy brownness. To the Minoans, this was the ‘dead season,’ the time when Ariadne descended to the Underworld to care for the spirits of the dead. The Minoans longed for the rains of autumn the same way that people in northern Europe long for the snow to melt in the spring. When those autumn rains came, the air cooled, the soil softened, and the farmers plowed their fields and planted their crops. Soon, Ariadne would return to the World Above, rising with the first green sprouts in the fields, ready to bless the new year.
Marisa and I were delighted to interview Laura about the release of her newest book, Labrys and Horns: An Introduction to Minoan Paganism , and we asked her to come back and bring the Minoan myth of Ariadne to our Community.
Laura Perry is a priestess and creator who works magic with words, paint, ink, music, textiles, and herbs. She is the founder and head facilitator of Modern Minoan Paganism as well as a third degree Wiccan priestess, a Reiki master, and a longtime herbalist and naturopath. When she’s not busy drawing, writing, or leading rituals and workshops, you can probably find her digging in the garden or giving a living history demonstration at a local historic site.
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