Today we see an equality of day and night, yet soon the darkness will overtake us.
The earth tilts. Persephone descends to the underworld once again, leaving dead crops and barren fields. This is the time of the dark goddess. Call her Morrigan, Hekate, Hel, Mab, Cerridwen, Lilith. She rules all things subconscious. She is neither mother nor maiden. She is the mighty huntress, the warrior, the crone, the sibyl, the healer, the high priestess. Her wisdom is deep. She invites us to go within, explore shadows, face personal darkness as the long nights scare and tempt us.
“Black were her eyes as the berry that grows on the thorn by the wayside,
Black, yet how softly they gleamed beneath the brown shade of her tresses!
Sweet was her breath as the breath of kine that feed in the meadows. When she had passed, it seemed like the ceasing of exquisite music.”
— Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Autumn’s equinox is the perfect time to begin ritual with the dark goddess. You may find her in the stillness of the forest, in the fading summer twilight or in the harvest moon. She is mysterious, unpredictable. She bids, she beckons, but most of all she haunts. This is the season of death, and in all death lies transformation. For those who dare to explore the dark side, magnanimous gifts await. The dark goddess helps us break through fears, anxieties, phobias.
Breathe deep. Take in the essence of autumn — ripe fruits, acorns, crackling fires, candlelight. Meet the Morrigan on a raven’s wing or journey with Persephone across the River Styx. Energy is transformed in the scarlet hues of falling leaves as they crumble and return to the earth. Energy is transformed in the foods we eat at harvest. Our bodies regenerate in the long winter’s sleep. Meditate with the goddess and allow her to help transform negative energy for positive purposes. Our doubts and fears can become confidence and strength.
Relish the golden days of autumn.
“That time of year thou mayst in me behold
When yellow leaves, or none, or few, do hang
Upon those boughs which shake against the cold,
Bare ruined choirs, where late the sweet birds sang.
In me thou see’st the twilight of such day
As after sunset fadeth in the west;
Which by and by black night doth take away,
Death’s second self, that seals up all in rest.”
— William Shakespeare
Have a Blessed Autumn Equinox!