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Alban Elfed is especially important to me as it was the first festival I celebrated as a Druid. I was still very new to the whole concept and stumbled my way through the celebration. Last year, I went on a hike through a local nature reserve to a locally renowned destination; a large tree covered in spanish moss and surrounded by wildflowers and shrubbery. The locals call it “The Fairy Tree”. I made the trek out to the tree, gathered flowers and herbs along the way, and offered a small bottle of mead to the earth, as I had read about the tradition of offering trees libations. That evening I cooked a feast made from seasonal fruits, vegetable, and grains that I had gathered and purchased from local farmer markets. All in all, I was very happy with my celebration! (Photos above!)

Alban Elfed (Autumn Equinox/Mabon/Meán Fómhair)

Autumn! She’s here! Alban Elfed, meaning ‘The Light of the Water’ marks the balance of day and night before we enter the 'dark’ half of the year. It is a time of harvesting the crops we have spent the light half of the year tending. This final harvest and the spirit of thanksgiving is the central theme of the Alban Elfed ceremony - thanking the Earth, in her full abundance as Mother and Giver, for the great harvest, as Autumn begins.

This year, I plan on having a similar celebration as I did last year (see previous post!). Starting with a deep cleaning of the house, followed by some herb gathering & farmers market shopping, hosting a feast, and libating some trees! Since i’m more educated on druidry - i’d like to incorporate more spiritual and introspective reflection. I’ll also be posting my menu tomorrow! So much to do!