The Harvest Ritual or the Rite of Autumn is once again a time when we look at ourselves within the inner-mirror of our minds in order to see what we have harvested. What have we succeeded or failed at by this time of year? At this time, we celebrate the thought-forms that we planted during the Rite of Spring and have come into fruition by the Rite of Autumn.
At this particular ritual, it takes a bit longer in order to think about the petitions that we write and present to the Supreme Being through fire because we must take into account all of the work we have performed throughout the year – even back to the previous year’s Rite of Winter when we released and said goodbye to things that we needed to let go of.
But since this one has the theme of Harvest, it is more of a celebration! Celebrating those things that we have succeeded at: both individually and as a group.
We all know that gardens take a lot of work, and the things we wish to cultivate in our life-garden takes a lot of work as well.
After the completion of the Rite of Autumn, we had a great conversation between folks present about karma, fate and freewill. Many folks expressed their current understandings and personal viewpoints to this. This is an appropriate topic to discuss as well as we assess where we are at and attempting to figuring out what advantages and disadvantages we were all born with, and what abilities that we can cultivate and grow.
Part of that talk was on the resistance that is placed on all of us. Gradual resistance is said in some ways to build or increase vitality and strength. We all know that exercise itself increases strength and stamina. Even the gravity here on earth is a form of resistance that helps to keep us alive, for as we know, when astronauts go in to space, they have to exercise because the lack of gravity decreases muscle mass.
There is a form of resistance or form of slight stress that seems to be put on all of us from time to time on the physical, mental and spiritual spheres. This resistance that we face each day is what causes progressive evolution that keeps all of nature propelling forward.
As usual, we take a moment at the end of our ritual to concentrate on those who are sick and in need of healing. We next then also take a moment to remember those that have gone before us. And lastly, before we set right all angles of our spiritual existence with blessings of peace, we take a moment to connect with the brothers and sisters of the Wicca all over the world – wherever they may be.
I believe many of the Wicca always hope that we don’t waste the harvests and gifts that we have all been given or have earned. Our coven hopes that your harvest will be plentiful this time of year and wish all spiritual seekers many blessings and understanding as they continue to grow.
Much love and bountiful blessings to the initiates of the Wica and Wicca!