Mabon: A Time to Create Space for New Adventures

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Mabon: A Time to Create Space for New Adventures

The Autumnal Equinox

The Wheel of the Year is turning – season to season, summer to fall, and even here in LA we can feel it on the air. Mabon, our main harvest and the Autumnal Equinox, is upon us on September 22nd.

This is a time of transition and harvest, and a time of balance and realignment as we turn to greet the darkness. It’s a time for us to pause in the momentary balance of the Equinox between the tipping point into darkness of the coming winter season. But before we plunge into the coming shadows let us pause here and be present. Let us ground ourselves before we undertake the deep shadow work of Samhain.

There are two equinoxes each year; the word equinox derives from the Latin words for “equal” and “night”. That’s because at the equinox, the length of day and night is equal. After the spring equinox, days grow longer; after the fall equinox, nights grow longer. Mabon tell us night is coming and winter is just beyond reach. The fields are almost barren as we’ve harvested our crops, and we prepare for the season of rest and reflection.

This is your moment to choose which path you will venture forth on during the coming months. Will you choose the road less travelled? Only you can know.

The Sacred Sabbat of Mabon

We can gaze out across our land and see the space where new crops will grow in the spring. We feel reflective, mindful of the choices we have when planting. We think about the factors that influence what grows in our fields. What worked this year, and what didn’t? What adjustments can we make next year in order to produce stronger, healthier, and more sustainable crops? Turn these questions on yourself, and they become the platform for personal development that the fall equinox presents. How are we connecting to each other, to the Earth, to Source, and how can we connect differently or more powerfully through our intentions, our practices, our ceremonies?

The fields are almost bare as we’ve harvested our crops. We can look out across our land and see space where new crops will grow in the spring. We feel reflective, mindful of the choices we have when planting. We think about the factors that influence what grows in our fields. What worked this year, and what didn’t? What adjustments can we make next year in order to produce stronger, healthier, and more sustainable crops? Turn these questions on yourself, and they become the platform for personal development that the fall equinox presents. How are we connecting to each other, to the Earth, to Source, and how can we connect differently or more powerfully through our intentions, our practices, our ceremonies?

Mabon Ritual

Ritual is a celebration of a particular moment in time. We raise energy toward our desired outcome (in this case, powerful and sustainable connections) and then release that energy to do its work. It’s my soul work to teach people the power of ritual and make it universally available. You need a candle, an anointing oil, and gems in order to do the ceremonial work with me this year. I have created a brand new Mabon Ritual Set just for this holiday. A couple of the tools in this kit are a first, and you can explore them here. here are some tips for our Mabon ritual:

  • Our candle honors transition from summer to fall, and you can light your candle and read its blessing aloud as you flip your hourglass for new beginnings. Are you ready for your Hero’s Journey?
  • This Mabon, our work is all about creating space for new beginnings and new adventures.
  • Flip your hourglass as you get ready to step through the doorway to the remainder of the year. Take hold of your new journey!
  • Take stock of your current harvest, and ask yourself where you want to increase your harvest come next year. Take stock of what you need to undertake to get you there.
  • Give thanks, and hold a space of gratitude for all your blessings. Like attracts like, so when you appreciate abundace you will attract more of it.

Harvest tidings, dear one, as you yield the last of your crops for the year and look out over your land, surveying your blessings. May they be abundant. May the fires guide you as you turn in transition with the Wheel of the Year, and you greet the oncoming darkness.

May you see your way through the shadows and find yourself there.

Athena

5 thoughts on “Mabon: A Time to Create Space for New Adventures

    1. Athena’s Mabon kit includes white howlite and black obsidian If you are constructing your own autumnal equinox ritual set you could use whatever paired light-and-dark stones speak to your intuition. Personally, I have a pair of labradorite-and-citrine earrings that I wear for both the vernal and autumnal equinoxes (and when I feel a need for balance). In equinox ritual I like to pair labradorite or nuumite with sunstone. (All of which came from SG — every time I open a package I exclaim “*Where* does she get her *stones*!?!”, which is a silly question because she always tells you.) Hope this is a little bit helpful!

  1. I understand the Spring celebration of Eostre to be at the Vernal Equinox and the Fall celebration of Mabon to be at the Autumnal equinox in the Northern Hemisphere.

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