2014 PAGAN PRIDE HARVEST CELEBRATION
TO OBSERVE AUTUMN EQUINOX
The Moon Path Chapter of Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans (CUUPS)
will host the Broward County, Florida,
Fifteenth Annual Pagan Pride Day Celebration Family Picnic/FOOD DRIVE
12 PM - 7 PM, September 20, 2014
Unitarian Universalist Church of Ft. Lauderdale
3970 NW 21st Avenue (between Commercial and Oakland Park)
Ft. Lauderdale, Fl 33309, 954-484-6734. Love Donation
The public is invited to attend. Families are welcome.
Bring non-perishable food items (Or Cash Donation)
to be donated to LifeNet4Families
The Vanya Edan Dance Company will present:
Belly Dance Performance 2:00 PM
Bring your own picnic food and drink.
Bring your drums and percussion instruments
for the drum circle and ritual.
Food will be available for purchase from
KING OF CUUPS CATERING
Feel free to come dressed in Garb or costume.
Fun and Games for kids of all ages -
Vendors in air conditioned facilities:
(Ceramics, Drums, Henna Artist, Food, Jewelry, Massage Therapist, Psychic, Reiki
Healing, Rune Reading, Sarongs, Soaps, Tarot Reading, T-Shirts, Various Merchandise)
12 PM -Opening
2 PM -Belly Dance Performance - Vanya Edan Dance Company - Sanctuary Stage
3 PM -Drum Circle - Outside on patio
5 PM -Raffle Drawing
5:15 PM -Pre Ritual Grounding Meditation - The Luna Road Faerie Troupe
5:30 PM -Autumnal (Autumn) Equinox Sun Celebration
Note: The celebration's primary focus is the 5:30 PM
Autumnal (Autumn) Equinox Sun Celebration Circle
which will conform to, and celebrate, the Ancient Tradition.
Anyone wishing to stay and participate is welcome.
Visit the CUUPS Moon Path Chapter website for details on pagan activities.
The Autumn Equinox is the official first day of Fall and occurs
when the sun crosses the equator on it's apparent journey southward.
As day and night are of equal length on the Equinox, it is a time of
equilibrium, moving toward the dark half of the year.
We experience a day and a night that are of equal duration;
a time of thanksgiving in many Pagan traditions.
This year the Fall Equinox is September 23, 2014, 2:29 UT,
when the Sun is directly over the Earth's equator and enters
zero degrees Libra.
The full moon in the month of September is called the Harvest Moon,
and farmers would harvest their crops by this moonlight as part of
the Second Harvest celebration.
This year the Harvest Moon is September 9, 2014 - 1 38 UT.
This is the second of three pagan harvest festivals.
The other two being August 1st (Mid-Summer) and November 1st (MidAutumn).
The food drive held in conjunction with this festival is a way to give
thanks for the food abundance of the year, and share that abundance
with others. Food donations for LifeNet4Families
will be taken during the event.
The Autumn Equinox Sun Celebration ceremony will be a simple expression
of thanks combined with wishes for continued abundance, and blessing
the results of the food drive before it is given away.
Modern Paganism, or Neo-Paganism, is a growing religious movement based on
combinations of ancient polytheism, modern eco-spirituality, and reverence
for the Divine as both masculine and feminine. Some of the more common
traditions include Wicca or Neo-Pagan Witchcraft, Heathen, Asatru, Strega,
Druidic spiritual paths, Goddess-Worshippers, and other earth-centered
religions. Practitioners are found in all walks of life from professionals
to homemakers, and simply enjoy celebrating a religion that emphasizes
respect for nature, humanity, and oneself.
The International Pagan Pride Project was started in 1998 and is an organization
focused on educating the public about Earth-based spiritualities in order to
allay misconceptions and promote religious freedom.
The Ft Lauderdale celebration started in 1999 and is sponsored by
The Moon Path Chapter of the Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans (CUUPS),
and coordinated by Sophia Letourneau, email@example.com on behalf of
all Pagan-pathed individuals in the South Florida area.
The Pagan Pride Project started with 17 events in the United States and
one in Canada. It has grown to over 80 events in the United States,
Canada, Europe, and South America.
For more information about the event or about Pagan religions:
Moon Path Chapter of CUUPS
http://MoonPathCUUPS.org Questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Ft Lauderdale Pagan Pride Day
Questions? Contact email@example.com, or 954-984-4183
International Pagan Pride Project
The ancient Egyptians had both a lunar calendar, and a solar 365 day calendar,
which was divided into three seasons of four months each. Each month consisted
of 30 days (3 weeks of 10 days per week). At the end of the year,
five additional 'Heriu-renpet' days were added to the solar calendar
for the birth of the Goddesses/Gods. An extra day would be added as needed.
The heliacal rise of Sirius just before dawn was an extremely important event
for the Ancient Egyptians. The first visibility of the star Sirius on the
morning sky, called heliacal rising, fell close to the Inundation of the
Nile and was the beginning of the Ancient Egyptian solar year.
The first new moon after the heliacal rising was the beginning of the lunar year.
3,000 years ago the heliacal rising was in early July, currently it is around
August 1st. Each lunar month was named after an Ancient Egyptian Goddess,
God, or major festival. In a year with 13 new moons, the 13th lunar month
was added to the end of the year.
The name of the ancient Egyptian first solar month from August 1 to August 30 is
Akhet I when there would be Inundation.
The name of the ancient Egyptian second solar month from August 30 to September 29 is
Akhet II when there would be Inundation.
The ancient Hellenic lunar months would start on the new moon and a
new day would start at sunset. The new year would start on the new moon
before the Autumn Equinox. Except for Athens which used the new moon
following the Summer Solstice. I use the Autumn Equinox and the lunar
month of Boedromion for my calculations for the new year. In a year
with 13 new moons, the 13th lunar month (Poseideon II) was inserted
between the 4th (Poseideon) and 5th (Gamelion) lunar months around
December/January. A different Goddess/God was honored for the
full moon of the month.
The Roman calendar was originally lunar.
The first days was the kalends (from which the modern word calendar is derived),
the first quarter was the nones, and the full moon was the ides.
A crown of flowers was hung over the hearth, and sacrifices were made to the
Lares, or household gods on the kalends, nones, ides, and all feast days.
The waning moon was the unlucky part of the month and had no name.
The days were numbered backward from the first of the next month.
The ancient Roman solar calendar consisted of 10 months in a year of 304 days.
The Romans seem to have ignored the remaining 61 days, which fell in the middle
of winter, the unmarked "Terror Time". The 10 months were named Martius,
Aprilis, Maius, Junius, Quintilis, Sextilis, September, October, November,
and December. The year began with Martius "March". Numa Pompilius,
the second king of Rome circa 700 BC, added the two months Januarius "January"
and Februarius "February". He also moved the beginning of the year from Marius
to Januarius. This made the Roman year 365 days long.
September is the seventh month of the ancient Roman solar calendar.
The name of the month of September is derived from the Latin word for seven, septem.
It was temporarily renamed Germanicus in honor of the Emperor Domitian's victories
over marauding German tribes. The original name of September was reinstated after
Domitian fell from favor.
Autumn (or Autumnal) Equinox observences, fesitvals, and/or celebrations in September are:
Alban Elfed (Caledonii, or Druidic - celebrating the Lord of the Mysteries), Mabon,
the Fall Equinox, the Second Harvest Festival, Festival of Dionysus, Wine Harvest,
Cornucopia, Feast of Avalon, and Equinozio di Autunno (Strega). The Teutonic name for
this period is Winter Finding, which spans from the Equinox itself until Winter Night,
on October 15. Winter Night is the Norse New Year. Ancient Native Americans built stone
structures which marked the sun rise/set of the Autumn Equinox.
Goddesses and Gods associated with this Celebration include all Wine Deities - particularly
Dionysus and Bacchus, and Aging Deities. Emphasis might also be placed on the Goddess in
Her aspect of the Mother (Demeter is a good example), Persephone (Queen of the Underworld
and daughter of Demeter), and Thor (Lord of Thunder in Norse mythology). Some other Autumn
Equinox Goddesses include Modron, Morgan, Snake Woman, Epona, Pamona, and the Muses.
Some other appropriate Gods are Mabon, Thoth, Hermes, and Hotei.
Some traditions of Wicca named this Autum Equinox Sun Celebration for the Welsh God Mabon
(MAY-bun, MAY-bone, MAH-boon or MAH-bawn), son of Modron (‘Son, son of Mother’), also known
as Maponus in Britain and Gaul. Mabon symbolized the male fertilizing principle in the Welsh
myths. Some mythologists equate him as the male counterpart for the Greek Goddess Persephone.
The story of his imprisonment and release is told in the tale Kulwch and Olwen (found in The
Mabinogion). With the coming of the Romans, Mabon became associated with Apollo
(as Maponus/Apollo) and acquired his attributes of God of the Sun, Music, and Hunting.
At this point in the Wheel of the Year, two appropriate mythological legends are that of
Mabon and Modron, and the story of Demeter, Persephone and Hades.
According to one Greek myth, Autumn begins when Persephone returns to the Underworld to live
with her husband, Hades. Modron, Mabon's mother, is like Demeter, the Great Goddess,
Guardian of the Otherworld, Protector, and Healer. She is Earth itself.
The Year is divided into Quarters by the
Winter Solstice, Spring Equinox, Summer Solstice, and the Fall Equinox.
Halfway beteen the Solstice and and Equinox is the Cross Quarter.
These Quarters and Cross Quarters are called
the Wheel of the Year of the Sun.
The Fall Equinox is one of the 4 Quarter Sun Celebrations in the Wheel of the Year.
It is halfway between 2 Cross Quarter Sun Celebrations,
August 1st (MidSummer) and November 1st (MidAutumn).
Exactly opposite the Spring Equinox on the wheel of the year.
The eight Sun Celebrations in the Wheel of the Year are:
Wiccan name: Druid Name
Samhain November 1 (Cross Quarter)
Yule December 20-22 (Winter Solstice) Alban Arthan
Imbolc Feburary 2 (Cross Quarter)
Ostara March 20-22 (Spring Equinox) Alban Eiler
Beltaine May 2 (Cross Quarter)
Litha June 20-22 (Summer Solstice) Alban Hefin
Lammas August 1 (Cross Quarter)
Mabon September 20-22 (Autumn Equinox) Alban Elfed
Sophialinus The Drum Lioness