At this time of harmony and balance, we honor all we have and show our gratitude by filling a cornucopia with the family.
The Cornucopia has long been seen as a symbol of plenty and a representation of the great gifts we receive from nature. For this ritual, there are two ways you can go. 1) Fill the cornucopia with items that you will then use to make the Equinox Feast.
2) Fill the cornucopia with non-perishable foods that you will then use to donate to food banks so that others can share in the harvest bounty. Remember, that yes, the harvest is a literal thing but also symbolic of all the achievements we make and rewards of our hard work.
Once you and your family have decided what your cornucopia’s purpose will be, you can collect your cornucopia food and family for this blessing ritual.
Begin by grounding. When doing this with kids it is more important that you find a way to share in the energy with them, than be completely clear in thought and grounded. A great way to do this is through storytelling. For the harvest, tell a brief story about the grains and how after planting they were nourished by the sun, earth, and farmer and together they created the ingredients for the food we love.
If you chose to do so with the family, next call corners. If not then call corners before you call the kiddos over so that these energies are present. Here is a simple kid-friendly call.
We call to the North where the trees grow tall stretch your roots here,
We call to the East let your breeze blow its way here,
We call to the South burning in the core make your way here,
We call to the west, run you waters by rain or river over here.
Now fill the Cornucopia, first with energy. Talk about the importance of hard work and the benefits of the work. Talk about where the food comes from and what it takes to get it. Invite each person to share something they worked hard for and are proud of their achievements and success. Also, ask them to share something they are thankful for that is due to the work of someone else. This is a great way to not only share in this energy of gratitude and pride but also teach kids that by working for something you can achieve anything.
Next, fill the cornucopia literally. Have each person add something until the cornucopia is overflowing. This can be part of the sharing process or a separate stage in the ritual.
Once full, set the cornucopia on an altar or somewhere of importance, like above the fireplace or stove. This will be its home until it is time to use the food or go to the food bank.
Enjoy this time of bounty and balance!