Here in the Bay Area we are entering the second harvest time of the year. Our gardens are still lush with veggies, corn is beginning to come in, and soon the grapes will be plucked from the vine for the wine makers that cover our landscape. There is still the heat of summer lingering in the air, but the promise of winter's kiss is just on the horizon. As Labor Day approaches we will start to turn our thoughts to the coming fall, getting out our long sleeves, and dare I say it, Halloween and the holidays that follow.
Although the harvest is still in its bounty for us in the Bay Area, our ancestors would have used this time to prepare for the winter to come. On a spiritual level this is what many Bay Area Pagans are doing at this time; taking stock of what needs to be preserved and letting go of what no longer serves.
This is also a time of sharing harvests. Many local Pagan communities are having food drives or others gatherings to help those whose harvests might not be enough. By sharing what we have we help to create stronger communities.
In that spirit, I am sharing several events that are happening for the Fall/Autumn Equinox, also known as Mabon in some circles. This is the perfect time of year to celebrate with community and reach out to others.
-CAYA Community Food Drive
Saturday, September 14th from 1pm to 4pm at the Alameda County Community Food Bank
For details and more information go here: http://www.meetup.com/Wheel-of-the-Year/events/132741472/
-Diana's Grove Women Only Fall Equinox Ritual
Saturday, September 21st starting at 6pm at Moonlight Farm in Kenwood
For details and more information go here: http://dianasgroveritual.org/
-San Francisco Reclaiming Fall Equinox Ritual
Saturday, September 21st starting at 1pm at Magic Meadow in Golden Gate Park SF
For details and more information go here: www.reclaiming.org
-San Francisco Zen Center - Green Gulch Farm Fall Equinox Celebration
Saturday, September 21st about 7:10am, following the morning zazen at Buddha Hall
For details and more information go here: http://www.sfzc.org/ggf/display.asp?catid=2,69,314&pageid=1081
-Daughter's of the Goddess Womyn's Temple Fall Equinox
Saturday, September 21st from 7:30 to 10:30 in Concord
For details and more information go here: http://www.daughtersofthegoddess.com/circles.html
-Pagan Parents and Families Mabon Celebration
Saturday, September 21st from 4pm to 6pm at Redwood Grove in Golden Gate Park SF
For details and more information go here: http://www.witchvox.com/vn/vn_detail/dt_ev.html?a=usca&id=88559
-North Bay Reclaiming Fall Equinox Ritual and Benefit for Ceres Project
Sunday, September 22nd starting at 3:30pm location TBD
For details and more information go here: www.northbayreclaiming.org
-Wicca Elemental Magick Meetup Group San Francisco Community Potluck
Sunday, September 22nd from 6pm to 8pm
For details and more information go here: http://www.meetup.com/Wicca-Elemental-Magick/events/91974472/