Summer is on the way to becoming a memory as we rest on the Autumnal balance of night and day. It is the threshold of deeper, darker times coming in the promise of winter.
Autumn has always been my favorite season and one that I dearly miss since I live at the far southern reaches of Florida. I dream of cool, crisp air carrying the scents of fallen leaves and chimneys being fired up for the first time. The kitchen is busy though, even here, with attempts to capture the summer kiss on tomatoes and other veggies in canning products. Seeing the gourds start to stack up in the market makes me excited to whip up pumpkin soups and roasted squash even if I can’t roll around in a pile of leaves.
Mabon is the Pagan celebration of the Autumn Equinox and is frequently referred to as the Pagan Thanksgiving; a time to give thanks for the bounty of summer and harvests gathered. This is a wonderful time to take a moment and appreciate the colorful show being put on by Gaia in most places. The threshold of Autumn is also a perfect time to take stock of what you will need to get through the winter – both the physical and the emotional.
September 22 marks the beginning of Libra – the scales in astrology and the zodiac’s most infamous balancing act. Being a Libra, I am thrilled to be reveling in my sun sign for the next month. Plus, birthday cake – that thrills me too!
Giving thanks is part of my daily life … I have had enough ups and downs to be super grateful for what I have and to feel blessed every single day. For the ritual celebrations or for your own Autumn Equinox practice, I loved this idea that I saw on Pinterest – a Gratitude Garland. I am hanging mine tomorrow (and will take pics!).
String a ribbon near your ritual area, and scatter pens, ribbon, and stamps on a table. Have each of your ritual participants create a tag (or a few) that states what each is thankful for and then hang it on the ribbon, creating a beautiful garland of gratitude. You can also do this with your family or as part of your Women’s group or do your very own and hang it in a special place where you meditate. Keep it going by adding special ribbons and tags as you feel moved.
Goddesses of Mabon:
Demeter & Persephone (this time also coincides with the ancient Eleusinian Mysteries), Venus (as ruler of Libra), Modron (The Great Mother – Welsh)
Symbolism of Mabon:
Harvest, Thanksgiving, Equality and Balance.
Symbols of Mabon:
wine, gourds, pine cones, acorns, grains, corn, apples, pomegranates, vines such as ivy, dried seeds, and cornucopia.
Foods of Mabon:
Think Fall – gourds, homemade breads, nuts, apples and cider, pomegranates, and root vegetables such as potatoes, carrots, and onions.
Colors of Mabon:
Red, orange, russet, maroon, brown, and gold.
Stones of Mabon:
Sapphire, lapis lazuli, and yellow agates.
Things to do at Mabon:
Creating Gratitude Garlands, making wine, baking bread, joining family and friends for a Thanksgiving style meal, gathering dried herbs, plants, seeds and seed pods, walking in the woods, scattering offerings in harvested fields, offering libations to trees.
I would love to see how you are celebrating the Equinox and Mabon if you do – share some pics here or on The MotherHouse Facebook page!
However you choose to recognize the Equinox, may it be blessed. I give thanks for having this marvelous space for creativity and connection and expression. HAPPY MABON!
See more Mabon items on our Wheel of the Year Pinterest Board!