Old Religion, Wiccan, Sun Festival. Celebrated Sept 1. Autumn Equinox, perfect equality between light and darkness.
The Altar and circle should be decorated with autumn leaves, pine cones, acorns, oak sprigs, and other such altar Essentials.
Cast the circle and pick up a basket of leaves and hold it in both hands. Spill the leaves slowly so that they cascade down to the ground within your circle and say:
"The days grow colder, and the leaves fall. Our lord of the Sun rides the winds westward, and the cool, misty night descends. Fruits ripen and seeds fall. This is a time of balance, when night equals day, and though all seems dead or dying, i know that life continues. Life is not possible without death, and the coming of winter is just another spoke in the Great wheel."
Put the basket down and say:
"O Great Goddess of the waning moon, keeper of the cauldron, of secret magicks and forgotten lore, teach me to be wise and peaceful in thought and deed. Grant me your wisdom and do not fear that it may be used unwisely, or for purposes other than those which encourage peace and prosperity."
Works of magick or activities may be worked now after any such things have been taken care of, hold the simple feast and close the circle.
Serve at the feast white bread, cooked squash, and grape juice to drink.