In the fall of 2017, a group of friends in the beautiful country side of Slovenia got together to celebrate the autumn equinox with a ceremony based on the book The Path of the Spiritual Sun: Celebrating the Solstices and Equinoxes. They kindly sent through photos of their ceremony to be shared on The Spiritual Sun website, and these can be seen in the photo gallery further down below.
The Autumn equinox is a point in the year from which night becomes longer than daylight, and therefore the darkness becomes greater than light. In the wheel of the year it represents the spiritual principles of the descent into the darkness of the subconsciousness in order to eliminate egos (inner states such as anger, greed, envy, and so on). Encoded within this stage is the understanding that light is extracted from darkness, and that all things must descend before they can ascend.1
The ceremony for the autumn equinox involves participants that include a guardian, the Mother Goddess, an initiate, and the Minotaur, participants representing the solar bodies, drummers, an orator, and other general participants. The ceremony also incorporates symbols such as a labyrinth, a labrys, the infinity symbol, seeds for planting, a sacred circle representing the nine regions of the underworld, and so on.2
The symbolism and connection of the initiate, Mother Goddess, and the Minotaur, a prominent participant within this ceremony, and the autumn equinox is explained in The Path of the Spiritual Sun as follows:
“The ancient Minoans aligned their ancient sites on the island of Crete to the autumn equinox. Their palace at Knossos is believed to be the location of the legendary labyrinth of King Minos. This King was said to have built a labyrinth to imprison the savage beast called the Minotaur—a half man, half bull creature.
This myth has a symbolic meaning. The autumn equinox is the time of descent into the underworld to overcome the animalistic egos with the aid of the Mother goddess. The labyrinth represents the underworld, as it was said to be a treacherous place that no one could ever find their way out of, just as hell has been described as a place that once people enter, they cannot escape. The Minotaur is a symbol of the ego—of a person turned into a beast by the animalistic egos within. This Minotaur inhabits the labyrinth as our psychological underworld is the place where our egos reside.”
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The various symbols and highlights of the activities and some of the preparation for the celebration in Slovenia can be viewed in the photo gallery below.
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More information about ways to celebrate the solstices and equinoxes in a group or individually can be found here:
Thank you Karim El Bazi and the participants in this celebration for sharing these photos of your ceremony.