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Happy Winterfylleþ!

It's that time of year once more, the autumn equinox. We're now heading towards those longer nights, and British summer time will officially end next week. This time of year to our ancestors was a very spiritual period, and it's relevance still echoes today in our more modern lives, although we may not always notice it.

Winterfylleþ was the Anglo-Saxon word for 'Winterfinding'. As you may gather from the timing of this post, it occurred each year at the start of what is now the month of October (months once began with the full moon so the old festivals often start out of sync with our modern fixed calendars) and is essentially synonymous with the more neo-pagan celebration of the autumn equinox. My personal understanding is that there is no right or wrong way to mark the passage into the winter. You can celebrate 'Mabon' the equinox, or the first moon of October (which this year will be on the 5th,) or both - its entirely up to you.

The overarching princi…

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