Also known as Autmn Equinox.

PLACE ON THE ALTAR A SMALL WICKER BASKET FILLED WITH AUTUMN LEAVES.

CAST A CIRCLE, RECITE THE BLESSING CHANT AND INVOKE THE GODDESS AND GOD.

STAND BEFORE THE ALTAR, HOLDING THE BASKET. SLOWLY SCATTER THE LEAVES ABOUT THE CIRCLE.

Leaves fall, the days grow cold. The Goddess pulls her mantle of Earth around Her as You, O Great Sun God, sail toward the West to the lands of eternal enchantment, wrapped in the coolness of the night. Fruits ripen, seeds drop, the hours of night and day are balanced. Chill winds blow in from the North wailing laments. In this seeming extinction of nature's power, O Blessed Goddess, I know that life continues. For spring is impossible without the second harvest, as sure as life is impossible without death. Blessing upon You, O Fallen God, as You journey into the lands of winter, and into the Goddess' loving arms.

PLACE THE BASKET DOWN.

O Gracious Goddess of all fertility, I have sown and reaped the frutis of my actions, good and bane. Grant me the courage to plant seeds of joy and love in the coming year, banishing misery and hate. Teach me the secrets of wise existance upon this planet, O luminous one of the night.

CELEBRATE THE SIMPLE FEAST, THEN CLOSE THE CIRLCE AND <"a href=http://members.tripod.com/~AuroraR/ Wicca/chant.html">THANK THE GODDESS AND GOD FOR THEIR ATTENDANCE.