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Autumn Equinox Celebration

  • Empress Vintage 1757 Alcatraz Avenue Berkeley, CA, 94703 United States (map)

Come join us in sacred community to celebrate the Autumnal Equinox! The Fall “celebrates the second harvest and the start of winter preparations. It is the time to respect the impending dark while giving thanks to the sunlight.” We will set our intentions through the magic of the Tarot, do a honoring ritual, call in the seven directions, perform an invocation and a releasing ritual. **We will be having a fire so if you have a sensitivity to smoke please note these will be the conditions of the ritual.

Some ideas to heighten the experience,

*Bring an offering for the alter a crystal, stone, feather, poem, confession, a flower, a herb or whatever your heart desires. Know you can take these items home after.

*Dress in something devotional if that feels right for you.

*Write down a passage or confession that you'd like to offer to the ritual and ceremony.

What is the Autumnal Equinox?

The autumnal equinox happens the moment the sun crosses the celestial equator, which is an imaginary line in the sky that corresponds to Earth’s equator.


“Equinox” comes from the Latin words “equi” meaning “equal” and “nox” meaning “night.” This implies that there will be equal amounts of daylight and darkness, however such is not exactly the case.


There are two equinoxes annually, vernal and autumnal, marking the beginning of spring and fall. They are opposite for the northern and southern hemispheres.


In China the September equinox is celebrated during the Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as the Moon Festival. The bounty of summer’s harvest is celebrated and the festivities are rampant with moon cakes, round pastries made from bean paste and other sweet and/or savory ingredients.



Laura Zuspan is an artist and seer. Magic and art are her guiding forces; what most interests her in these realms are transformations in consciousness. Her artistic and intuitive practice is to facilitate collaborative healing ceremonies, ritual awakenings, and the development of inner vision to feed and inspire the spirit. In this practice Laura draws on the ancient book of Tarot, and on practical life coaching techniques. She received her BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and has shown her art internationally. She has studied Buddhism at Insight Meditation Center, Green Gulch Farm Zen Center, Wat Phra That Doi Suthep in Thailand and trained at the Niroga Institute in yoga outreach. Influenced by the work of Joanna Macy, Linda Montano, Angeles Arrien and Dipa Ma, Laura is interested in shifting the way we understand ‘Tarot’ into a functional and ethical tool for individual insight and empowerment. Laura recently opened a private reading room to see clients privately located in central Oakland. She is currently creating her own tarot deck through watercolor painting.

Earlier Event: September 16