The Autumn Equinox is a time when the Earth’s tilt is neither towards or away from the sun so day and night are approximately the same length. The autumn equinox was held sacred in many ancient pagan traditions, it is a seasonal gateway, a significant time heralding the coming of change. To the ancient Norse and Celts it was the Sabbat of Mabon, a celebration of thanks-giving, the ‘harvest-home’ and also a time to acknowledge the spirit world. Although many people associate this tradition only with Samhain, the falling leaves of autumn reminded the ancients of the cycle of life and death. The Druids cut willow wands for divination at this time and fires were lit for protection from negative spirits. In Scotland and Wales the spilling of wine was a symbolic sacrifice to the god at Madon and the ancient Romans marked this date with wine at the Festival of Dionysus.
Music~Rituals At Dusk~Roger Subirana Mata