Mabon is the celebration of the Autumnal Equinox. It is as much a solar physical event when the Sun crosses the earth’s equator as it is a spiritual one. Mabon is also the second harvest festival, marking the time when the fields are almost empty and we pause to once again give thanks for the bounty the earth has provided us in the form of physical sustenance. The Equinox dates flex each year, this year it falls on Friday, Sept 22nd EST.
A Brief History of Mabon/ the Autumnal Equinox
The term ‘Mabon’ is actually a very modern name for the Autumnal Equinox, only being applied to the event circa 1970. This name was taken from the Welsh figure Mabon ap Modron, but there is no evidence to suggest Mabon being used as the name for the Autumnal Equinox by any ancient Celtic or other cultures. The Autumnal Equinox has been observed and celebrated by most cultures throughout the world, and throughout time. The pre-Celtic peoples who occupied ancient Britain and Ireland built massive stone cairns & other stone structures that are aligned with and illuminated on the equinoxes. Native American tribes in both North and South America also built structures that aligned with the equinox. Clearly throughout history and the world Equinoxes always held spiritual significance.
The Lessons of Mabon
At Mabon we begin to turn further inward toward rest. Most of the harvest is complete and it is yet again time to give thanks with feast and family. It is a time to realign ourselves with the cycle of the seasons as we prepare to meet the coming darkness. It’s a time to take pause and ground before the arduous shadow work of Samhain begins. Be mindful of yourself- your feelings, your thoughts, ideas, wants, needs, desires and energy. It is another opportunity to look back over the year and evaluate what did and did not work out for us this year. What can you adjust for a better outcome next time? Evaluate your spiritual practice; are you connecting to yourself? The earth? The divine? What can you do to strengthen these connections, to go deeper and become wiser?
Mabon is also a time for REST. Rest after the busy spring and summer season, a time to regenerate after the lessons we learned this year. To accept the things in life that have happened this seasonal cycle, that every decision we made has had an action and consequence and that we cannot change what is, we can only work toward acceptance and move past it.
Ideas for Celebrating Mabon
Mabon Wine Moon Cider
4 cups apple cider 1/2 tsp. whole cloves
4 cups grape juice additional cinnamon sticks
2 cinnamon sticks for cups, 6 inches long
1 tsp allspice
In a 4-quart saucepan, heat cider and grape juice. Add cinnamon, allspice and cloves.
Bring just to boiling. Lower heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Makes 8 cups.
Pause, Wild Ones, and enjoy the fruits of your labor. Happy Mabon!
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