When is Mabon: September 21-24
Mabon pronunciation: MAY-bun, MAH-bun, MAY-vhon, or MAH-bawn
Themes: harvest, gratitude, abundance, balance, preparation, welcoming the dark
Also known as: Autumnal Equinox, Fall Equinox, September Equinox, Harvest Tide, Harvest Home, Harvest Festival, Wine Harvest, Feast of Avalon, Alben Elfed, Meán Fómhair, Gwyl canol Hydref
The fall equinox, also known as Mabon, is upon us! On this day the sun makes its way through the northern hemisphere to the southern which makes our days and nights feel almost equal all over the world. The summer heat and sunshine starts to fade away and darkness begins to overshadow light. As we celebrate the equinox we honor the duality of the dark and the light as well as the divine masculine and the divine feminine. We also honor all of the abundance found here on earth. Energetically, this is the time of year where we harvest the seeds we’ve planted and savor the fruits of our labors.
As the leaves start to change and the air gets crispy we begin to feel the energetic shift all around us reminding us that as the seasons change, so do we. It can be quite challenging for some people but one thing to keep in mind is that there’s light at the end of the tunnel and rebirth always follows. When we bring awareness to and accept this natural reoccurrence in the cycle of life, it makes it easier to be in flow as we observe the shift and not react to the intense feelings/emotions that may come up.
Fall is also a time of rest, relaxation, release and surrender. One of the best ways to use this energy is to reflect on what has transpired so far and set new intentions for the remainder of the year by creating balance and harmony in our lives. It is through introspection and stillness that we’re able to transmute the fear and anxiety that may show up around this time of year, and become a magnet for the support and love we desire on our path to wholeness
Though temperatures may still be warm during the day, summer has truly come to an end. The God is making his exit from the stage of the seasons, heading toward his symbolic death at Samhain in just a few short weeks. As with Ostara, the theme of balance is highlighted here, reminding us that everything is temporary, that no season lasts forever, and that neither dark nor light ever overpowers the other for long.
But how should you celebrate Mabon?
For starters, Mabon rituals can include decorating your altar with acorns, pine cones, seasonal fruits and nuts, and/or a few of the first colored leaves that drop from the trees.
Candles and altar cloths in autumn colors like rusty red, orange, brown, and gold are appropriate. If you have a feast, whether solo or with others, include seasonal vegetables like onions, potatoes, carrots and other root vegetables.
Spellwork related to protection and security is appropriate now, as are workings for self-confidence, prosperity, harmony and balance. If you are one who struggles with seasonal depression during the fall and winter months, use this time to set an intention for inner peace and strength. You might make and charge a talisman for this purpose, to accompany you through the next two seasons.
Here’s a quick meditation to help get in flow and tune into the energy of the fall equinox.
Get in a comfortable position. Close your eyes and open your heart. Place your hands directly on your heart and take a deep breath in through your nose. Allow the air to flow naturally through the mouth releasing all that no longer serves you. Continue focusing on your breath until your mind has settled.
Reflect on how you can bring in more balance and harmony into your life. Observe your thoughts and listen to the answers. Once the answer is received envision yourself throwing these thoughts into a river and watch them float away.
Bring awareness to your breath coming in and out. With every breath, you begin to feel more balanced.
Allow your mind to settle and say out loud, ”Balance and harmony is my birthright and I deserve it. I seek balance and harmony as it is found in the universe. I release what is old and no longer needed. I release what is blocking me from living a balanced life.” Repeat until you truly feel you’ve connected with these words.
Sit in stillness for as long as you can, allowing some time for these words to seep into your mind, body, and spirit.
Bring your awareness back to your body and your breath. Allowing yourself to be completely grounded and breathe in the balancing energy of the universe and the equinox.
End your meditation sending gratitude to the universe and radiate this harmonious balancing energy all over the world.
Enjoy your celebration and give thanks for the bounty of the Earth.