Autumn Equinox Ritual
The Autumn Equinox marks a balancing point between summer and winter, when day and night are of equal length. Here in Southern California, we near the end of the dry season, when the waters of the Los Angeles basin rest at their low point. As we tip into the season of long nights, we gather to work an experimental, multi-year spell intended to deepen our relationship with the land we call home, and to pour out blessings for the place that sustains us.
Owl, salmon, oak: pour blessings on the land.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2019
4:00 PM: Gather and Drum Jam
4:30 PM: Ritual Begins
Griffith Park ~ park at: Merry Go Round Lot One, Los Angeles, CA 90027
We’ll be gathering on the grassy part visible from the road as one drives up from Griffith Park Road to Lot One.
NOTE: This is the same area in which we have held other Griffith Park rituals, but is not the Old Zoo location where we held Ostara and Beltane in 2019. For mapping, the geo coordinates are: 34.132157, -118.281742, and the Plus Code is: 4PJ9+V8 Los Angeles, California.
$0 – $20 suggested donation
The ritual space is approximately 100-120 yards from the parking lot. The ritual space is downhill (approximately 4% grade) from the lot. There is a well-packed dirt trail leading from the lot, as well as a fully-paved street. Street parking can be available directly across from, and level with the ritual space; but street parking can be limited. Getting from either the parking lot or the street parking requires going over a standard modern street curb. Organizers are happy to help folks over the curb as best we can. The ritual will be held grassy area, that is relatively level, but does have small dips and divets. There are very few sound reflective elements near the ritual space that would reflect sound back to attendees. We are likely to complete the ritual around dusk, and there is no street lighting.
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All Genders Welcome!
Children welcome with adult supervision.
WHAT TO BRING
~Please bring water for yourself.
~Consider bringing a simple “finger food” snack to share that does not require plates or utensils. (This will be a low-impact ritual, with no altar and no organized potluck afterward.)
~Camp chairs! There are no seats at the ritual location. If you plan to stand or sit on the ground, another witch may appreciate a chair if you have one to share!
~Bring percussion instruments for the drum jam if you are called!
WHAT TO WEAR
~Comfortable shoes for walking
~Clothes you feel comfortable wearing in a public park (e.g., this may mean shorts and a t-shirt instead of your usual ritual wear)
To support those in recovery, this ritual is “clean and sober.”
Brigid: February 2 @ The Green Man
Ostara: March 23 @ Griffith Park
Beltane: April 27 @ Griffith Park
Litha: June 15 @ Nicholas Canyon Beach
Lughnasadh: July 27 @ The Green Man
Mabon: September 14 @ Griffith Park
Samhain: November 2 @ The Green Man
Yule: December 15 @ Nicholas Canyon Beach