Wow! 2018 has been flying by!
Can you believe that we are now approaching the Autumn Equinox on September 21 in the northern hemisphere, also known to many as Mabon or Second Harvest?
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Those of us in the Northern Hemisphere begin to see the days shorten as the nights grow longer. Gardens and fields begin to look empty and barren.
At the Autumn Equinox day and night are in complete balance. This is the second time each year in which day and night will be the same length, a time when all is in perfect equilibrium and balance – masculine to feminine energies, light to dark, inner to outer selves.
We take this time to give thanks to the daylight and warmth that has helped to nourish our crops over the warmer months while honoring the darkness and cooler months coming in which we will rest our weary bodies and minds. Mabon marks the beginning of six months of rest.
Not only is Mabon a celebration of abundant harvests, but is also a time to reap what you sow in your life. Take time to complete your projects in process, to reflect on your successes, and plan for future activities and endeavors.
Mabon has been widely celebrated by Wiccan and neopagans for many centuries. Celebrating and honoring the harvest has recently become more common among all groups and beliefs.
In fact, this holiday was named after the Welsh God, Mabon, son of Mother Earth Goddess Modron.
Celebrate this holiday by dining on breads, nuts, apples, carrots, potatoes, and onions. Burn white sage and myrrh to clear out the old energy while preparing your home and sacred space for the upcoming season. Spice up your autumn cleansing smudge by adding some cinnamon and clove to your white sage.
Adorn yourself and your sacred space with crystals associated with Mabon such as sapphire, lapis lazuli, and yellow agate. Honor your space with autumnal colors of muted red, soft orange, russet, maroon, brown, and gold. Add gourds, pine cones, acorns, grains, corn, apples, fallen leaves, pomegranates, ivy, dried seeds, and cornucopia, horn of plenty, to your alter space for thanking the bounty of the second harvest.
Take some time now to complete projects you have been working on. Enjoy walks in the cooler crisp air. This is a great time to harness the energy of plenty while planting your spring bulbs for next year.
This is a perfect time to take walks to enjoy and embrace the turning of the leaves. Should you see fallen pine cones, pick up the first one you spot, and place it on your alter or sacred space. This piece of nature will bring the energy of plenty into your home over the darker months. In the spring, return this pine cone to nature while thanking it for its help in reminding you of your gratitude and that all periods of darkness come to an end.
Ways to Celebrate Mabon
Set up your Mabon/Fall alter and grid. Decorate using the colors and symbols of Mabon. I usually take this time to do my fall grid that will take me through December Solstice.
Create a Mabon Food Alter. This is a time of abundance. Honor and give thanks for the food you have and to those who have planted and harvested the crops.
Give back to the community. Celebrate your gratitude by volunteering at a local food bank or do a charity walk/run.
Hold a Gratitude Ritual. Think about holding a small ritual to honor your thankfulness and to ask for blessings.
This is a perfect time to work with –
- Crystals – clear quartz, amber, opal, malachite, sardonyx, and aquamarine
- Fall Scented Essential Oils – cinnamon, clove, sage, pine, cedar
- Mabon Candles – orange, burnt red, or yellow in color
Meditation. Autumn equinox is the second yearly period of complete balance. Take this time to do a balancing restorative mediation to balance your two sides, inner and outer, loud and quiet, dream and decisions.
Prayer. Send out a prayer for everything in this world that is out of balance both man-made instability and climate imbalances
Create and enjoy a Mabon meal prepared incorporating the fall harvest bounty.
Crafting. Use Mabon colors and scents in crafting. A great creation is making harvest scented potpourri or incense. Autumn wreaths are beautiful, as well.
Self-Reflection. Take the time to check-in with yourself.
You may want to do some journaling at this time. What have you been manifesting this year? Have you been consistent with working towards your goal? Do you need more support from friends, family, or more experienced peers? What projects have you completed? What will you put forth as your goals for the next year?
Demeter and Her Daughter, Persephone
One of the best known mythological stories is that of Demeter and Persephone. Demeter was a goddess of grain and harvest in ancient Greece. Her daughter, Persephone, caught the eye of Hades, the god of the underworld. When Hades abducted Persephone and took her back with him to the underworld, Demeter’s grief caused all the crops on earth to die or go dormant. By the time Demeter found her daughter, Persephone had eaten six pomegranate seeds. As the price to pay for partaking in food or drink in the underworld, Persephone was required to spend six months of each year in the underworld beside Hades. These six months begin when the crops start to die or go dormant which begins at the autumn equinox and ends at spring equinox.
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