5 Strange Ways Fall Decor, Traditions & The Autumn Equinox Started With Pagans

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On September 23rd the world may be coming to an end, but today, for the second time of the year, the entire world is in complete balance for a moment between light and dark.

It's a time to celebrate Autumnal Equinox. 

Lots of people are asking what EXACTLY is Autumnal Equinox? We know that it's a time of harvesting.

But did you know that the roots of Equinox come from Paganism and Greek Mythology?


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Equinox season began when Hades, the god of the underworld and Zeus compromise to divide the seasons to appease Demeter so she will stop mourning the loss of her daughter, Persephone to the god of the Underworld, Hades. 

Although pagans themselves may not consider themselves a religion, their practices during this time year can't be separated by their role in the festivities.
 

Here are 5 truly interesting facts, rumors, and details about paganism, Autumnal Equinox, Mabon And Stonehenge Winter Solstice: 

1. Paganism is not what you think it is.

There are possibly 1 million Pagans in the United States alone.

The roots of paganism come from ancient religious practices followed in various Greek and Egyptian and Roman cultures. 

The most recognized symbol of Paganism is the 5 pointed start in a circle called "The Pentacle". 

The points of the symbol represent the four directions: East, West, North, South, and the sacred spirit. Some refer to these as the Guardian of the Watchtowers and the sacred spirit.

2. The Sacred Spirit and celebration of Equinox is called "Mabon". 


Mabon marks the beginning of the second harvesting which is centered on grains — wheat.

The day also marks a season when darkness reigns over the light world until Springtime when light rules over darkness.  

They also consider this a time of energy exchange between feminine energy and masculine energy.
 

3. Mabon takes place every year at Stonehenge.

Stonehenge is one of the 7 wonders of the world and is located in England. No one knows how the structure ended up here.

But the placement of the stones can predict the exact time of the changes in seasons. 

Some scholars speculate that Stonehenge may have been used to predict the astronomical events taking place at this time. 
 

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Stonehenge may have been used by ancient astrologers as a calculator to time the movement of the sun, planets, and stars into their various placements of the zodiac. 

In fact, the Spring Equinox is the start of the astrological New Year.

Some zodiac signs are referred to as seasons For example, like Libra and Aries, are called Equinox signs; Cancer and Capricorn are considered solstices.  
 

4. Autumnal Equinox involves a celebration ceremony.

Although most everyone considers Cornucopias as a symbol for Harvest and Thanksgiving, it's actually a pagan practice to acknowledge life and death.

Pagans gather gourds and put them into a wicker cornucopia, along with a pine broom from a pine tree, including pine cones and acorns.
 

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These items are put inside a wicker basket or cornucopia that's all natural and set on the center of the kitchen table, typically with a burgundy or brown candle or taper candle.

These items are an offering at the end of the Equinox ceremony reminder that things returning to the ground. This return to the earth symbolism reminds that new life is coming again soon.

They anoint the candles with scented and seasonal oils and over the gourds, and the basket and say a prayer to the goddess and the god.

5. Music, teas, and food are part of the festivity.

Tea is drunk with a special meal during this ceremony. Individual cups of tea are offered to the pagan gods and goddesses, including the gods of darkness and light. 

Food is also served and with a prayer. When the ceremony is over, the offering is buried into the ground to symbolize the cycle of nature. 

However, you decide to bring in the Fall Harvest as winter is ushering, we all can practice gratitude — act of giving thanks for our blessings while looking forward to new life in the Spring.
 

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