The Autumnal Equinox is when day and night are of equal duration and is one of the least celebrated Pagan festivals. It is also the date according to Astrologers when the sun enters the sign of Libra, the sign of the scales, representing balance.
It is the last festival before harvest and is the possible source for the Christian harvest festivals. It makes the beginning of the dark days as the in the birth/ death/ rebirth cycle it is the twilight of the god, as he prepares to enter the kingdom of death.
For those pagans who like to copy nature in their actions it is a time to slow down and reflect on the year past, to relax and look back on what has been achieved
It is the second of the three harvest festivals preceded by Lammas and followed by Samhaim. Many Wiccans see it as one of the eight Solar days or Sabbats. It is generally believed to be a modern pagan festival as Celtic history makes no reference to such a festival, although September was regarded as a holy month by the Anglo-Saxons