Order of Service, 2012 Mabon/Autumnal Equinox Ritual

This is the time of the year when Persephone, who has been with her mother Demeter for the last six months as the crops sprouted, grew and ripened in the sun, now descends into the darkness and joins her spouse Hades, to reign as Queen of the Underworld.  We on the Earth’s surface harvest the summer’s bounty and experience the days shortening, the plants shutting down, and the animals making their winter preparations as we go into the dark time.

Our intention: With Persephone as our guide, we journey into the Underworld to discover the power of the dark time.

The plan:

Inside, we will create an altar to Hades.

We will go outside (weather permitting) to create our sacred space (purify, ground, cast, invoke Elements) and invoke Hades.

Returning inside, we will build an altar to Persephone and invoke her presence as aspected through a member.

We will then be led into a trance where Persphone will guide us into the depths of the Underworld.

We will emerge and … have a Greek feast!

Bring: 

Folding chair

Altar items for the two altars

Journal, pen or coloring tools to record your experience

Food to share, with a Grecian theme

Recommended:  Snack beforehand so you won’t faint from hunger in the middle of the Underworld.

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