Happy first day of autumn! This is our second harvest festival and one of my favourite holidays. If you’re a Witch, you already know that our sabbats celebrate the physical and symbolic meanings of the seasons. If you are a non-Witch, you just learned Pagan Spirituality 101. Regardless of your spiritual persuasion, here’s what you should celebrate today:
Today is one of only two days per year when the light and darkness are equal. This is also a time when nature is balanced between summer and winter. Reflect on the balance in your life. Are the spiritual, emotional, physical and mental aspects of your life in harmony? What about the balance of work life and home life?
Mabon is called the Witch’s Thanksgiving. Because Samhain (Halloween) is our New Year, Mabon is the time when Witches reflect on all they’ve accomplished in the past year. In a spirit of gratitude, Witches thank the Goddess for all of her blessings. Make a gratitude list or tell a friend you love them. In true Thanksgiving spirit, prepare a meal with harvest foods or decorate with autumn leaves.
All of the wine deities are celebrated on Mabon. Drink to Dionysus and Bacchus, gods of wine. Toast Meditrina, the goddess of wine and Witchcraft. Celebrate the grapes that have ripened and hang heavy on the vine. The burgundy colour of red wine compliments the seasonal colours seen in nature.
Get comfortable with darkness; you’ll being seeing more of it as the seasons change. Try to embrace the growing darkness by finding a connection. Maybe the long nights help you to sleep better or allow you to read in bed longer. Maybe you like to see the stars or you enjoy the coziness of sitting inside on a cold night. Darkness is an essential part of life, so you better get used to it.
Apples are in abundance this time of year. Go apple picking, bake pies or drink spiked cider. Divine your future with apple divination. Celebrate Pomona, the goddess of apples.
Go outside and experience the change of season firsthand. Have coffee on a patio or take a walk in a park. If it’s stormy, enjoy the sound of rain on the windows and notice the peaceful grey sky. Take a walk in the rain without an umbrella. Splash in puddles.
The Equinox marks the beginning of autumn and September marks the start of a new school year. It’s time for new beginnings and decision making. Start a new project, take up a hobby or enroll in a class. If you’re lost in life, ask for guidance. Offer a few pomegranate seeds to Persephone and she’ll help you make the right decision.
Painting by Mark Boyle
Here’s a little Equinox poetry:
“As autumn returns to earth’s northern hemisphere,
and day and night are briefly,
balanced at the equinox,
may we remember anew how fragile life is —-
human life, surely,
but also the lives of all other creatures,
trees and plants,
waters and winds.
May we make wise choices in how and what we harvest,
may earth’s weather turn kinder,
may there be enough food for all creatures,
may the diminishing light in our daytime skies
be met by an increasing compassion and tolerance
in our hearts.”
-Kathleen Jenks, Autumn Lore