I've started to collect twigs from specific trees to create small ogham staves. So far I've started luis/rowan and dair/oak. I'm proud of them so far! Here they are with some festive mini pumpkin gourds.
Some of the last summer flowers cut, bound, and ready to offer at a gathering I attended last night. They turned into the table centerpiece!
My personal altar with an autumn-colored altar cloth and harvest offerings.
Here's a closeup of the cornhusk doll I made. She's probably the third one I've ever finished so... she's not as impressive as some others out there! I'm proud of her all the same. I actually grew the corn that she's made out of! Granted, because only two spouted and were grown in containers, they didn't produce large ears. Still, I was able to grow my own offering and autumn decor (the stalks have been cut and tied to an iron post outside). This dolly is going to be part of the main offering at Muin Mound Grove tomorrow. Everyone was encouraged to make a corn dolly to place in the fire.
More harvest offerings! Everything except the gourds were from my own garden. I included the tiny ears of corn. Behind all the flowers, fruit, and vegetables is a harvest Earth Mother doll I crocheted. She's my planned personal offering for the big ritual tomorrow.
I'm looking forward to seeing my grovies tomorrow and celebrating the harvest. On the actual Equinox I went to Better Farm for a potluck dinner, casual "ritual," and bonfire! What an amazing place! I met so many wonderful people. Everyone was so hospitable. Sharing a meal with local gardeners, artisans, and free-thinkers; listening to a fiddler and guitarist tweak out an acoustic "Knocking on Heaven's Door;" standing in a candlelit barn; and sitting around a smokey fire while crying "I hate rabbits!" every time the smoke hit my eyes - now that was a great way to spend the Equinox!
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