Autumn Equinox High Day Ritual and Celebration
Sunday, September 27, 2015
Parish Hill, North Park
2:00 PM: Doors Open
3:00 PM: Pre-ritual Briefing
3:30 PM: Ritual Begins
After Ritual: Harvest Potluck
Please join us as we celebrate this turning of the Wheel of the Year and give thanks to all we have harvested in the past seasons. We will honor Ceres, a Roman Goddess of Agriculture who oversees not only the harvest, but all aspects of the growing season. She plants and nurtures the seeds, blesses the crops, and gathers the harvest safely into the storehouse to nourish us through the coming winter.
Autumn Equinox is a time to give thanks for all we have harvested this year physically, spiritually and emotionally. We also acknowledge those things that have held us back-the things that do not nurture our growth that we want to leave behind us. We celebrate those things that nourish and strengthen us, and gather them in to sustain us through the dark half of the year.
-Individual offerings to Ceres celebrating the literal harvest and/or your personal harvest-fruit, flowers, etc from your gardens, food you have prepared from your bounty, art, crafts, etc that represent your success over the past year.
-A chair for the ritual [the ritual room has benches along the walls, but you may be more comfortable in a chair]
-A dish to share for the potluck as we celebrate together the fruits and bounty of the Earth.
Alcohol is permitted at this event, but please remember that there is a “no glass container” rule in effect. If you choose to drink, please drink responsibly.
Parish Hill is an enclosed and heated space located on Walter Road in North Park in northern Allegheny County. For those with GPS devices, it is located near 0.60185, -80.014759. Please refer to http://www.alleghenycounty.us/parks/maps.aspx for a park map.
Our rites and events are free and open to the community, but we do rely on the donations of those who are able to defray the cost of space rental and supplies. Please remember, even a dollar can help make the difference between having our costs covered and Grove Members having to pay them out of our own pockets. Support your local Druids!
Sassafras Grove also supports Animal Friends’ Chow Wagon Program. During these tough economic times the last thing a family needs is to have to give up a beloved pet. If you can, please consider bringing a package of cat or dog food (canned or dry), cat litter, food/water bowls, treats, or toys for donation to the Program. Donations must be new and unopened. Chow Wagon serves over 1000 local families by distributing food and toys through food pantries. See http://www.thinkingoutsidethecage.org for more information about Animal Friends.
For more information about this event, Sassafras Grove in general, or our parent church Ár nDraíocht Féin: A Druid Fellowship (ADF), please feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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