Mabon this year falls on September 22nd under the Waxing Harvest Moon.
The Autumn Equinox is the day when the hours of daylight have diminished and are now in equal measure to those of darkness.
It is a time for balance and quiet… a time for reflection.
It is a time when Pagans, Witches and those who live in harmony with the seasons begin to prepare for the harvest. Druids named this festival Aban Efed, but many simply call it the Autumn Equinox.
It mirrors Ostara, the Spring Equinox, when light and dark are balanced and crops were planted and the earth prepared.
Now is a time that we can reflect on the seeds that were sowed in spring and resolutions that were made. We see the fruits of our labour ripen as harvest time begins.
As so many of us now are returning to growing our own, we can relate to this time as we begin to gather our own crops from gardens and allotments.
But this can be done symbolically too, perhaps with hard work that has been done in the home or garden before the winter months settle in.
Wiccans use this time to decorate alters and sacred spaces with gathered flowers and herbs of the season, maybe with toadstools, or rosehips, berries or nuts.
It is a time for thanking the Goddess for her abundance, for everything she has provided. During the Autumn-time, as it wanes into winter, the Goddess makes her steady departure from the land for her time of rest, her absence causing the land to whither into sleep also until it is time for her return.
Obviously, you don’t need to be a witch, or a Pagan or a Druid to enjoy a good apple and blackberry pie – something I like to make at this time every year. Admittedly sometimes the pie falls a little short on blackberries and is bursting instead with gooseberries or plums, whichever the garden has to offer!
It is all too easy to overlook the Sabbats and Equinoxes our ancestors used in place of calendars and alarms and devices that beep, but I believe it is important to keep them alive. It slows us down, gets us to appreciate the marvel that is nature – Earth. It helps us to work in rhythm with the land and take stock of the beauty around us.
Even when we can’t grow our own, we can buy locally produced, seasonal foods to have a feast in honour of Autumn and gives thanks to whatever religion, faith or science we follow for everything the Earth has given us.
So, go for a walk, admire the fields and trees and watch as the swallows and geese begin to take flight for their long journey south. Feel and hear and smell the change in the seasons. Oh, and don’t forget to back an apple pie!!!!
I will leave you with some magic from the woods x