Updated: Oct 9, 2020
Mabon is a god from Welsh mythology and is the son of the Earth Mother Goddess. Mabon is also the name given to the Autumnal Equinox in the pagan tradition.
The Autumnal Equinox is a celebration which falls as early as September 20 and as late as September 23 each year. This year, we welcome the start of the fall season on September 22nd.
The equinox is a day of balance in which night and day are equal in length. Mabon shares this honor with only one other day each year: Ostara, or the Vernal Equinox in the spring.
In the Wheel of the Year, the Autumnal Equinox represents a shift in our mindset. It is the time when we start to look ahead and plan for the year to come. The second harvest period of the year following Lammas in August, the festival of the first fruits and initial harvest of grain, Mabon is a time to manifest the seeds planted earlier in the year.
Simultaneously, as the days will only get shorter and nights longer, there is less time for planting and more time for readying for the winter and beyond. It is the cusp of transition toward the end of the year where we retreat to our homes, surround ourselves with family, celebrate our successes and engage in reflection. So, while we reap the fruits of earlier efforts, we collectively shift into a new, forward-looking consciousness. Those of us attuned to nature’s cycles may find ourselves allotting more time for adjustment. We start planning on how we want the year to end.
Interestingly, we also begin the first of our plans for the year to come during this time. People begin to start planning for spring break or other such fun activities for the year that is ahead. They may not purchase that airline ticket, but they may start looking for vacation packages or start making a bucket list of things to do in the spring ahead.
As you take stock on 2020 so far and make your plans for the remainder of the year and the beginnings of what is hopefully a better 2021, what brings you joy and satisfaction? I hope you’ll share below!
If you are interested in learning more about the Wheel of the Year, including topics such as personalities associated with phases of the moon in one's natal chart, I hope you’ll consider joining us on September 21st at 7p ET for the Introduction to Timing class!
In peace & love,