(Another) Autumnal Equinox!

Best wishes for the Autumnal Equinox!
After that beautiful harvest moon last week, we now have the Autumnal Equinox – the point of balance between darkness and light, the last day before the year starts to darken and wither.

This day is a powerful and complex festival. On one hand, it heralds the coming of winter, of long nights and frost, darkness and death – after the equinoctial point, days will be shorter than nights on the Northern Hemisphere, and winter will come. On the other hand, the actual date is quite early, and it signifies the beginning of Autumn first – a time of harvest, bountiful food, great beauty and quite often some very pleasant weather to go with it. It is, therefore, the moment when we can reach out and touch both life and death, darkness and light, in equal measure, with neither triumphing over the other.
The Autumnal Equinox is a great day for celebrations and rituals that are to bring balance to one’s life – allow us to accept the inevitable, but without fatalism or forgetting the good sides of life. Helping us to make peace with whatever there is in our lives that needs to be made peace with.
And, of course, it’s a great moment for cooking all and any autumn-related deliciousness. Whether it’s some provident and thrifty preserves-making, or indulging in purely-for-pleasure baking projects,or just making an autumn-themed dinner, it’s a good idea to use one of those to tap into the energy of the equinox.

Personally, I will be celebrating with a plate of stuffed peppers, though slightly different than usual, because I bought the tomato pepper variety – a cultivar that has really cute, round and slightly flattened fruit. It’s actually the best variety for stuffing, because you can put them with the opening upwards and they stay that way.
But if you want something else to celebrate with, here’s some ideas: