The beginning of Autumn and Celebration of Mabon

Autumn colors

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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14 thoughts on “The beginning of Autumn and Celebration of Mabon

  1. This is great. I love learning about learning about these kinds of customs and celebrations. Will you be back later to read? I don’t want to be pushy but I have my questions now. No hurry, tho!

    Happy Autumn El Morno Friend and Odd companion!

    • Sorry Liz I planned to read this weekend and then the weekend took off–I’ll try to put a post together and read this week.
      Autumn greetings back at ya!

  2. I love the fall even tho I don’t look forward to winter. It’s such a refreshing time of year after the long summer–especially after the is past summer. I do tend to feel a little wistful missing my college age daughter and my son who is working overseas until November. But I do have good friends and Thanksgiving to look forward to when everyone will be back home and at my table!
    As always thanks for sharing.

    • I try not to think about winter. Sounds like your kids are spread out right now–nice that you can look forward to their being home over the holidays. I know lots of parents who feel the same way about fall-love the season but miss their kids for those first few weeks until they get back into the swing of their own life.
      Love to share. Thanks for reading!

  3. interesting autumn history! i miss the true change of seasons. we get the half hearted attempt here. am happiest when temps are nippy! yeh, i hear you, liz. i spent too much time just lurking & lost out on a read. snooze you lose……

  4. Fall is my very favorite time of year! There’s a crispness in the air, football, changing leaves, back to school, and my birthday! I love hoodies, corduroy, flannel plaids, boots, AND my Sheltie loves to go “squirrel-hunting” on our walks! Thanks for the interesting facts here, Kb!

    • All those squirrels and leaves to herd! I love the fall clothes too. Pinterest has been showing some great fall looks.
      I’m not a football fan but I will fall in line with all the rest.
      Your welcome!

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