The Autumn Equinox celebrated in Sept around the 21-23. This year it is on the 22nd. It is the day where there is equal day and equal night. When the harvest is almost all in or is done. This is a time of thanksgiving. (Although the majority of Americans celebrate Thanksgiving on November 24th. Which was moved twice before this final date. I am starting to find that this is now very commercialized and want to get away from this. ) When the growers find out how well the year went and how much food was brought in, and how fat the animals got. This way they know how the winter will be. Whether it will be a lean year or a abundant year and can plan accordingly.
Nowadays most of us that live in well off countries don’t have to worry about this. But I find that some people go hungry.This is a good time to plan out when and how much food can be donated to food banks, neighbors , churches, schools, etc. That way your abundance helps others that are not so fortunate. When I was a child I went hungry. Not often, but it happened. We relied heavily on my grandparents, my father (whom my mother divorced and if he had known we needed food would go out and buy groceries), welfare (food stamps), the school and food banks. My mother was very resourceful we had a small apartment garden with tomatoes, potatoes, beans, onions, okra, squash and several other vegetables. My siblings and I would tend this garden. The winter months though we always seemed to run out of food and school would be a haven for breakfast and lunch.
So I give thanks to the great mother that I am now an adult and my children do not have to worry about food anymore. I give thanks that my husband is a great man, whom works hard and takes care of me. I give thanks that my children are happy and healthy. So I feast.
Give thanks for what you have and what you can give. Reflect on the year past and the year to come. Tend your garden and prepare it for winter. Don’t forget to invite friends and family over. And celebrate the balance that life is.