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> Autumnal Equinox, Sept 22. Mid-fall already?
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post Sep 17 2004, 11:47 PM
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I know midwinter and midsummer are wiccan holidays. Anybody know if mid-fall is also?

If so then have a good one. biggrin.gif


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post Sep 17 2004, 11:57 PM
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Yeah, I think a lot of neo-Pagans celebrate the equinoxes as well as the whatever-they're-calleds. Have a good one, guys.


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post Sep 18 2004, 12:06 AM
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QUOTE (CommieBastard @ Sep 17 2004, 07:57 PM)
Yeah, I think a lot of neo-Pagans celebrate the equinoxes as well as the whatever-they're-calleds. Have a good one, guys.
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post Sep 18 2004, 02:26 AM
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Well, in terms of fall celebrations, take your pick. There's the Autumn Equinox, (also called Mabon or Alban Elfed), and Winter Finding, in some traditions, can go from the equinox to Winter Night (Oct. 15). Basically they are harvest festivals (actually, the 2nd of the harvest festivals- 1st one is Lammas (August), 3rd one is Samhain.

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post Sep 18 2004, 02:50 AM
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::coughcough:: Commie, the "other ones" you're talking about are the Solstices. smile.gif

Yes, we do celebrate that! Mabon is on September 21st. So bountiful blessings to everyone!

For more info on the holiday, a pretty decent site is:
http://www.wicca.com/celtic/akasha/mabon.htm
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I'm actually getting married on Mabon in 2007. If it stays warm enough and sunny enough, that is. Cold and bad weather can make an outdoors wedding hellish, and the site is in Southern Oregon.

And as an aside to my fellow board Pagans, yes, my fiancee and I are getting handfasted first. We're going to do it traditionally, during Beltane (April 30th), 2006. The wedding is for our Christian families. Heh, I'm tempted to bump up the handfasting date to Beltane next year, but as much as Randy loves me I think he'd get nervous. Besides, I haven't found anyone I really want to perform the ritual yet.
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post Sep 18 2004, 06:24 AM
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QUOTE (Feyliya @ Sep 18 2004, 03:50 AM)
::coughcough::  Commie, the "other ones" you're talking about are the Solstices. smile.gif
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post Sep 18 2004, 08:30 PM
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QUOTE (Feyliya @ Sep 17 2004, 06:50 PM)

I'm actually getting married on Mabon in 2007. If it stays warm enough and sunny enough, that is. Cold and bad weather can make an outdoors wedding hellish, and the site is in Southern Oregon.

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Well if it's in Roseburg, then I hear that they have pretty mild weather year-round. Course, your fiancee would probably be a better source on that. I've only actually been there once, that I can remember. biggrin.gif

And yay for a handfasting first! I wish I would have done that. My wedding was very Christian and very not me. We plan on renewing our vows on our 10th anniversary. We're going to have a big party that is about what we want rather than what our families wanted us to do...and I want it to be a handfasting.

Anyway! Back on topic. Isn't Mabon on the 22nd this year? *looks at calendar*...yeeep. Autumnal Equinox = September 22nd. I thought so, but when Feyliya said that it was on the 21st I second-guessed myself. tongue.gif For those who don't know, the equinoxes (autumn and spring) and the solstices (summer and winter) move. The autumn and spring solstices are the 2 days of the year when there are 12 hours of day and 12 hours of night. The summer solstice is the longest day of the year, and the winter solstice is the shortest day of the year. I could go into detail about what each one represents...but that would take forever considering the different traditions, etc...so let's just leave it at that! biggrin.gif

Mabon is sort of like Thanksgiving (some people I've met actually call it "Witches' Thanksgiving")...except it actually falls during harvest-time, rather than in the end of November (well...at least where I live, if things haven't been harvested long before November, they are dead and rotting).

That's one benefit of being Pagan with a Christian family...you tend to get to celebrate 2 of each holiday. wink.gif Even though I don't celebrate the religious aspects of Christian holidays like Christmas, I still spend the day with my family and join in their celebration just to be with them and give and receive gifts and such. So this Wednesday I'll have Mabon, and late in November I'll get another Thanksgiving that I'll spend with my family. Though the November Thanksgiving is usually WAY more extravagant than my own Mabon celebration. I just eat things that I harvest myself from my mom's vegetable garden. The Thanksgiving in November requires a whole day of cooking. blink.gif


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post Sep 18 2004, 08:49 PM
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post Sep 19 2004, 12:47 AM
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Happy Mabon, everyone! happy.gif Many blessings to ya.


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post Sep 19 2004, 01:20 AM
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Isn't the autumnal equinox the official beginning of the fall, not the middle of it?


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post Sep 19 2004, 01:40 AM
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Happy Mabon!

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I'm actually getting married on Mabon in 2007. If it stays warm enough and sunny enough, that is. Cold and bad weather can make an outdoors wedding hellish, and the site is in Southern Oregon.

And as an aside to my fellow board Pagans, yes, my fiancee and I are getting handfasted first. We're going to do it traditionally, during Beltane (April 30th), 2006. The wedding is for our Christian families. Heh, I'm tempted to bump up the handfasting date to Beltane next year, but as much as Randy loves me I think he'd get nervous. Besides, I haven't found anyone I really want to perform the ritual yet.


Congrats!! Are you guys getting into traditional garb? My friend Jen's cousin is wiccan and they had an outdoor wedding and everyone was dressed up -- it was soo cool. I love the ceramony, it's really beautiful.


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post Sep 19 2004, 07:25 PM
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QUOTE (Jaq @ Sep 18 2004, 07:20 PM)
Isn't  the autumnal equinox the official beginning of the fall, not the middle of it?
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Depends who you ask. Just like some people consider the solstices the beginnings of those seasons (oftern printed as such on calendars), when traditionally they were known as Midwinter and Midsummer.


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post Sep 19 2004, 11:38 PM
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Ack! I had the day wrong! ::smacks forehead:: See people, this is what happens when you move and forget your calendar. Ah well, now I know!

So you're going to do an anniversary handfasting Candice? Very cool. I wish I could pop down there for it! biggrin.gif Many good wishes for ten more happy years, and more after that!

As for garb, Randy is going to be wearing a kilt to both the handfasting and the wedding. ::insert drooling here:: I'm torn between wearing a traditional red dress or a white one for both the ceremonies to cut down on money. Here's the style I'm planning on for myself for the wedding and the handfasting:
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and the bridesmaids will be in something like this:
http://www.fairyfashion.de/ew/redfancy/2s.jpg
For the handfasting I'm making myself a silver mesh and garnet headpiece. Of course I'll be wearing a veil for the wedding.

The wedding's going to be Rennaisance themed, and I think Randy is going to let his groomsmen choose on wearing a tux or a kilt..... We're still debating the costs of things and whether we can actually talk our respective family members and friends into the outfits. dry.gif I know my friends would jump at the chance to wear a custom-made Rennaisance dress, but I'm not sure my mother would want to, and I'm almost certain that my grandfather would rather have surgery than wear a kilt in public.


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post Sep 20 2004, 12:00 AM
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Aw, but that would be so cool!!

*drools* I love your dress ideas. They're b e a utiful.


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post Sep 20 2004, 01:14 AM
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QUOTE (Feyliya @ Sep 19 2004, 03:38 PM)

So you're going to do an anniversary handfasting Candice?  Very cool.  I wish I could pop down there for it! biggrin.gif Many good wishes for ten more happy years, and more after that!

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Thanks! smile.gif It won't be for 7 more years, though...we've only been married for 3 as of now. biggrin.gif


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post Sep 21 2004, 10:07 AM
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Happy Mabon one and all smile.gif I woke up this morning and pulled back my lounge curtain to be greated by the most beautiful rainbow. I grabbed my digital camera and took these. The end of the rainbow actually drops into the park over the road ohmy.gif





I have never seen such a beautiful sight smile.gif Made me feel all warm and fuzzy and optimistic wub.gif


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post Sep 21 2004, 10:14 AM
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According to my calendar, Mabon's tomorrow...


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post Sep 21 2004, 10:19 AM
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QUOTE (CommieBastard @ Sep 21 2004, 10:14 AM)
According to my calendar, Mabon's tomorrow...
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It's a moveable feast as they say. Some calendars will say it's today some tomorrow. Personally I celebrate it when it feels right. All this week it's just felt more autumnal and that rainbow has been the icing on the cake so, for me, it's today smile.gif If you believe that the "ancient pagans" celebrated the festivals then they would have looked signs, at the stars, weather etc. as they wouldn't have had a WHSmith diary tongue.gif laugh.gif


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post Sep 21 2004, 11:02 AM
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Fair enough, being nonreligious means I can pretty much get my party on whenever I feel like it biggrin.gif


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post Sep 21 2004, 11:32 AM
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QUOTE (CommieBastard @ Sep 21 2004, 11:02 AM)
Fair enough, being nonreligious means I can pretty much get my party on whenever I feel like it biggrin.gif
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You mean they didn't have WHSmith diaries in olden times? They truly were barbaric! wink.gif

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QUOTE (Mata @ Sep 21 2004, 12:49 PM)
You mean they didn't have WHSmith diaries in olden times? They truly were barbaric! wink.gif
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Don't make me hurt you Pagan-stylie! tongue.gif

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