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Mabon: The Autumnal Equinox and its Sacred Rituals

September 22


As the Wheel of the Year turns, we arrive at Mabon, the Autumn Equinox, celebrated around September 20-23. This sabbat holds a special place in the Pagan calendar as it symbolizes a moment of balance, when day and night are of equal length. With Mabon, we acknowledge the impending arrival of the darker half of the year, bidding farewell to the long, light-filled days of summer, and embracing the shorter, cooler days of autumn.

Rooted in ancient Celtic and Germanic traditions, Mabon carries with it a deep sense of reverence for the changing cycles of nature. It is a time of giving thanks for the summer’s bounty and acknowledging that we are entering a season of rest and reflection. As the leaves begin to fall, so too do we let go of what no longer serves us, making space for new growth to occur in the spring.

Mabon serves as a reminder of the cyclical and balanced nature of all things. It is a time of celebration and gratitude, but also introspection and preparation. We gather what we have sown, both literally and metaphorically, and we prepare for the inward journey that the colder months often bring.

The rituals and traditions of Mabon are as varied as the people who celebrate it. Here are some suggestions for ways you can honor this time of balance and abundance:

  1. Hold a Gratitude Ritual: Take time to reflect on what you’re grateful for. Write these things down and place them on your altar or in a gratitude jar.
  2. Decorate Your Altar or Home: Use symbols of the season such as leaves, pine cones, acorns, and autumn-colored candles.
  3. Feast with Loved Ones: Prepare a meal using seasonal produce to share with friends and family. This can serve as a moment of gratitude for the abundance of the harvest.
  4. Nature Walk: Connect with the changing season by taking a walk in nature. Gather fallen leaves, acorns, or other natural elements that speak to you of Mabon.
  5. Release Ritual: Write down something you want to let go of, and then burn the paper in a fireproof container. As the smoke rises, visualize your intention being released into the Universe.

Remember, the most important aspect of any celebration is that it resonates with you personally. As long as your observances are made with reverence and respect for the spirit of the season, they will be perfect. Happy Mabon!


September 22
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