How to Honor and Celebrate Mabon — the Autumn Equinox
The Earth outside is shifting, and so seem to be our hearts, minds, and spirits. All of nature is going inward, and a period of change is happening. Welcome to Autumn. The ancients used to honor this powerful time. It was a way of being one with nature and feeling the support around you to continue your own self-growth. And sometimes growth means shedding that which does not serve you. Sometimes a death needs to happen. So starts the beginning of that process.
The Autumn equinox happening on September 22nd is a powerful time to honor this process. Known as Mabon in ancient pagan times, this day is when the Sun shines directly on the equator, meaning there will be equal amounts of day and night throughout the world.
Mabon has been celebrated for centuries all over the world. Our ancestors had just finished gathering all of their abundance in preparation for the winter, so a large feast followed their hard work. They shared gratitude for all the abundance, but also honored the fact that the shadow time was about to begin, and the soil would turn cold.
There are thoughts within the spiritual community that love and light were the only options, and that negative emotions are “less spiritual” than peace and pleasantries. Mabon is here to tell you that is not the case.
Welcome to being a human being. A deeply rooted, connected, powerful, spiritual, magical human being with divine experiences which lead to divine emotions. These experiences and emotions lead us to our shadow sometimes. Throughout mythology, the dark mothers existed for a reason. They were not scary or punishing; they guided you through your own underworld. They were gatekeepers, protectresses, and crones. Meaning you are so held through your experience.
So on this day, honor the balance — within yourself, the world, nature, and anything else in creation. It is not solid and strong unless it is balanced.
Besides the fact that day and night being equalized, the Sun and Mercury, the planet of thoughts, communication, and conversation, enters Libra, marking the beginning of Libra season. Libra’s symbol is the scale for a reason — balance is Libra’s thing. It’s what Libra does best. This air sign strives for justice and harmony. Your thoughts will gravitate in this direction for the next three weeks, so go with this cosmic flow.
Here are some ceremonial tips for tonight:
Gather and Feast:
And do so with intention. Cook nourishing foods, gather your loved ones, celebrate life. This is why life is worth living, and these people help support you through the times when you go into your own underworld. Honor them, honor the Earth that provided your food, honor the food for nourishing you, honor everyone who helped harvest that food.
Have a Fire
Celebrate the light and the light going out. Use it as a blessing to protect your home and your heart. Feel the balance between the chilly air and the warmth of the embers. Balance really is everywhere.
Make an Altar
Pick one thing to represent all the elements and infuse some personal, sacred items to it. Let this be your anchor through the fall and winter months to ground you and remind you of the magic. Give thanks here often, cry and laugh here often, pray here often. This is your sacred space.
Reflect on the Cycles of Life and Death
Are you scared of death? That’s pretty normal — it’s the ultimate unknown. But look around you. Look at the leaves falling that turn into fertilizer for the rebirth and reemergence of next spring. Things are born, they grow, and they die. And then, things are reborn again. This means literally and metaphorically. How is your relationship with change and transition in life? When a metaphoric death happens in your life, like a loss of relationship or job, how do you handle it? Is there a way you can make peace with transition and embrace the winds of change?
Give this a thought today. Embrace the balance between comfortability and transition.
Welcome to being a part of nature, going through the ebbs and flows, highs and lows, of life. Let’s celebrate every part of it. Because even though it can be scary, or it can hurt, or it can be glorious — it is short. And we are here. Let’s honor it.