The golden rays of the sun filter through multicolored leaves to the forest floor. The forest floor is covered with dropped leaves, some recent, others dull and bleached from past falls. The smell of decaying leaves hangs in the air. The air is warm, but the slight breeze hints at the coldness to come. Summer is past, and autumn now covers the land. The last days of warmth are quickly fading and turning to darkness. This is the time of Mabon. This is the time of the Autumn Equinox.
What is the Autumn Equinox?
The Autumn Equinox is the astrological time of the year when the daylight hours and night hours are equal. It is a date that is commonly honored by many belief systems modern and in the past.
When is the Autumn Equinox? When Is Mabon?
It usually occurs around September 21st.
Other Names for Mabon:
The Second Harvest, Wine Harvest, Feast of Avalon, Winter Finding (runs from the Equinox until October 15).
What is Mabon?
Mabon is a holiday celebrated by modern and historical pagans. It’s name comes from the Welsh deity Mabon. When Mabon was but 3 years old he was taken from his mother Modron, then rescued by King Arthur and in that manner is reborn. The myths of Persephone and Innana journeying to the Underworld, are also associated with this holiday as well. Modern Pagans, witches and Wiccans celebrate Mabon as a holiday of balance.
Now is the time to prepare for the sacrifice to come: the physical harvest of foods, John Barleycorn, the death of the Horned God. These deaths ensure the survival of all once winter comes. These deaths are not mourned, for in time they are reborn. After a season of abundance, Summer, the seasons turn to a time of want, Winter. Mabon is the time when the dark and light are once again in balance. Soon though, darkness will once again take over light, and winter will come. It is a time to pay respect to the darkness, for as much as light gives life, so too does darkness.
Activities to Celebrate the Autumn Equinox and Mabon
- Enjoy feasting with friends, family & loved ones.
- Prepare your garden harvest for winter.
- Enjoy the changing leaves.
- Pick apples and other seasonal fruits.
- Place offerings of thanks for a successful harvest.
- Harvest seeds.
- Create corn dollies.
Food and Drink For Mabon Celebrations
- Mulled Wine
- Mulled Cider
- Apple Cider
- Apples and anything made from apples
- Homemade breads
- Root vegetables
- Late seasonal berries
- Pumpkin seeds
Related: Autumn Seasonal Food Guide
- Oak Leaves
- Yellow Agates
- Lapis Lazuli
- Cat’s Eye
As with Midsummer, Mabon is one of my favorite times of the year. I’m drawn to times of balance. If you are seeking balance in your own life, Mabon is the perfect time to find it reflected in nature. No matter what tradition you follow, in this chaotic modern life, balance is something we all seek. May you find the balance you seek in the light and dark of your own life, as nature does in the night and day this Autumn Equinox.
What are your Mabon or Autumn Equinox plans? How will you be bringing back balance or celebrating your own harvests? Let me know in the comments!