The Autumn equinox signals the beginning of Fall. It is the point where there is exactly 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of darkness at the equator. If you live anywhere else, however, you will see a little bit more or a little bit less than 12 hours of daylight. Our friends in the southern hemisphere are celebrating the Spring Equinox.
In ancient times, the Autumn Equinox was called Mabon, (pronounced “MAY-bon”) Mabon is a Welsh name meaning “great son,” and refers to the Son of the Great Mother, The Divine Son of Light. Mythologically this festival celebrates the story of Modron, the Great Goddess of the Earth, and the birth of her son, Mabon. According to the mythology, Mabon disappears (or is kidnapped) three days after his birth (thus, the light goes into hiding). Mabon is veiled in mystery in the womb of the earth, here personified as his mother, the Great Protector and Guardian of the Otherworld. Though his whereabouts are a mystery, it is only here that he can once again renew his strength and gain new wisdom in order to be reborn to the Goddess as the Son of Light. This is accomplished at Yule (Winter Solstice), with the aid of the ancient and wise animals: Stag, Raven, Owl, Eagle and Salmon.
Mabon invites us to think about what we’ve accomplished over the year and encourages us to stop, relax and enjoy the fruits of our personal harvests, whether they be from working in our gardens, at our jobs, raising our families, or just coping with the hussle-bussle of everyday life. It’s also a time to appreciate the connection we have with those around us, as well as those who have gone before us. For some of us, Mabon may blow in a sense restlessness in our lives, causing us to feel that something is just a bit “off.” It’s naturally to feel a hint of sadness, as the world begins to tilt toward the time of darkness. Gathering our families close, reflecting on our blessing, and treating ourselves well, will help us pass through the sadness more quickly.
Wishing you seeds to plant for the coming year, what you need for the darkness of winter, and the clarity to know and follow your dreams. Wishing you a very merry Mabon!
Fall is my favorite season. I love hoodies, and bon fires, and the crisp smell of autumn air. Do you share my love for fall or is another season your favorite?
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