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Erie, PA
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Harvest Tide

 

 

 

 

“Sacred Center”

Harvest Tide 2005

Rituals

·           Harvest Tide 2003 (pdf)

·           Harvest Tide 2004 (pdf)

·           Harvest Tide 2005 (pdf)

·           Harvest Tide 2006 (pdf)

·           Harvest Tide 2007 (pdf)

·           Harvest Tide 2008 (pdf)

·           Harvest Tide 2009 (pdf)

·           Harvest Tide 2010 (pdf)

·           Brushwood Warrior's Ritual 2010 (pdf)

Days grow shorter as winter approaches. Fields ripen for the final grain harvest. Nights lengthen and grow cold, as the spirits of our Ancestors become restless with the thinning of the veil between the worlds. The Autumnal Equinox, also known as Harvest Tide or Harvest Home in some traditions, seems to have had little or no recorded religious significance to the Celts. To the Norse culture it is believed perhaps to have been celebrated as possibly a feast of the Ancestors and of the coming winter. Despite little, if any, religious significance to the Celts or Norse people during this season harvest customs were and still remain evident.

 

It is during this season that all life begins preparations for the long winter nights that lay ahead. This is the time of the hunter-gatherer. It is a time of gathering nuts, berries and herbs. A time of vineyard, wine making and maple syrup. On the night of the Autumnal Equinox which occurs during the end of September (approximately the 21st or 22nd) day and night are of equal length and all around us preparations for winter beginning. As the hours of daylight shorten, the leaves of trees and plants take on fall colors, fields glisten golden in the sun and the creatures of the earth begin to migrate to warmer climates. Those that do not migrate begin to store food for the winter months.

 

Even in our modern society people prepare in various ways for the coming winter by winterizing homes and automobiles. For those living closer to nature it is the time to store firewood, can food from the garden and fruit from the orchards. The agricultural community stores grain, corn and hay to feed livestock during the winter months and hunters prepare for the upcoming seasons. Many rural communities continue to celebrate the harvest season through festivals, barn dances and hay rides. In short, the Autumnal Equinox is a seasonal celebration resulting from significant cultural events surrounding seasonal change that have played a role in civilization since ancient times and continues to play and important role in modern society.

 

Bread Cornucopia made by Maggie for WLG Thanksgiving Moon final sacrifice to the Kindred.

November 2009

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