i recently wrote about how, since i let go of religion, i miss celebrating holidays. and not just the consumerist shells of holidays like christmas and easter, but real holidays that place value on real world events, family and community over theology and consumer goods.
i’m going to simplify my holiday celebrations and focus on those that center around REAL things like harvests and life and things you can see and measure, like equinoxes and solstices. because if i’m looking for an excuse to get drunk with friends/family and eat my weight in desserts on a day besides my own birthday, why not celebrate things like the earth spinning and tilting on it’s axis in it’s orbit around the sun?
GO UNIVERSE! #teamscience
my favorite “holiday” used to be Mabon – a neo-pagan holiday that celebrates the 2nd of three harvests along with the fall equinox that was ascribed to the Welsh god Mabon.
well i’ve decided to ditch the Mabon part of the holiday, along with all magical and supernatural traditions and beliefs and, instead, just go for reveling in the harvest and celebrating the equinox…
how to celebrate the fall equinox
i’m seriously a king-fat-kid-candy-holic-sugar-addict (that was a lot, i know, good job for getting through it) which would explain my love of the fall equinox: it’s the fruit harvest! apples and berries and gourds like pumpkins… holy shit GIVE ME ALL THE SUGAR! it’s the perfect excuse to make home-made wine/whiskey/what-have-you from the fruits of the harvest, and throw a potluck with seasonal fare, mountains of pie, and invite friends/family/the community out to imbibe last year’s homebrew and FEAST!
it’s the time when the air gets crisp and sweaters and boots are in vogue, red, gold, orange and brown leaved crunch under said boots and i have an excuse for cuddling under a blanket, sipping spiced apple cider – more sugar! it’s still warm enough to be outside without your bones getting cold, but cool enough to not sweat bullets.
around the fall equinox is the perfect time to load up a truck bed with blankets and pillows and head out into the country to watch meteor showers cross the sky.
now, considering that it is the fall equinox, where night and day are equal in length, and the nights are going to start getting longer, it’s a good time to get all introspective and consider how you can bring more balance into your life and how you can sustain yourself and your happiness through the coming darkness of winter. i’m becoming a huge fan of planning ahead. this would be a great opportunity to do that!
it’s also the last opportunity to do all of that spring cleaning and tidying you’ve been putting off since may, before you freeze balls trying to do it any time in the next 3 months. and who wants to clean then anyway? it would seriously cut into your crafting and hibernation during those months!