I love the fall equinox, Mabon, Back to school, sweater season, almost October...call it whatever you want! It’s just yum. The leaves are starting to turn. It’s a rainy day and I’ve got my Sibyl Apothecary candle burning and it smells delish! Below are some of the shortcut items you may wish to utilize to incite further inspiration for decorating your home and sacred spaces.
"Mabon begins on September 21, 2020 and ends on September 29, 2020 this year. The holiday of the autumnal equinox, Harvest Home, Mabon, the Feast of the Ingathering, Meán Fómhair, An Clabhsúr, or Alban Elfed (in Neo-Druid traditions), is a modern Pagan ritual of thanksgiving for the fruits of the earth and a recognition of the need to share them to secure the blessings of the Goddess and the God during the coming winter months. The name Mabon was coined by Aidan Kelly around 1970 as a reference to Mabon ap Modron, a character from Welsh mythology. Among the sabbats, it is the second of the three Pagan harvest festivals, preceded by Lammas/Lughnasadh and followed by Samhain."--Thank you very much Wikipedia.
That's the technical stuff. But, what does it really mean to those that spend their time wrapped in all the gooey awesomeness of Mabon?
First of all, I call it the Light of Autumn. Isn't that beautiful? A bit romantic, for those that are a bit more artistic in temperament.
The Light of Autumn, or Mabon, is the mid-harvest festival, and we take a few moments to honor the changing seasons, celebrate the second harvest, and start making a thankful list and a sharing-with-others list. It's the beginning of a long season of giving thanks for the things we have, whether it is abundant crops if we live in rural areas or if we haunt the organic food stores....and it's also for other blessings. It's a time of plenty, of gratitude, and of sharing our abundance with those less fortunate.
Depending on your individual spiritual path, there are many different ways you can celebrate the Light of Autumn, Fall/Autumnal Equinox, or Mabon, but typically the focus is on either the second harvest aspect or the balance between light and dark, because as we read above, this is time when there is an equal amount of day and night.
Despite the long, rocky road of this year, we have received plenty of gifts from the earth, and from each other, but we also accept that the soil is dying. After spending much of the year indoors, we now have to look to spending more time indoors, with colder weather and shorter amounts of daylight on the way.
We have food to eat, but we are still practicing CDC safety measures, our food isn't as plentiful, and our local farmers are now facing the facts that their crops are turning brown and going dormant. Warmth is behind us, cold lies ahead. Here are a few ideas you may want to think about trying. Remember, any of them can be adapted for either an individual or a small group, with just a little planning ahead.
1. Find Some Balance- There are equal hours of darkness and light and that can affect people in different ways. For some, it's a time of thankfulness, of gratitude for the abundance we have at the season of harvest. For many people, this can be a time of high energy, of restlessness, a sense that something is just a bit "off." If you're feeling a bit energetically lopsided, try using a walking meditation to restore a little balance into your life.
2. Hold a Food Drive- Invite some friends to a socially distanced safe place, but ask each of them to bring a canned food, dry goods, or other non-perishable items. Donate the collected bounty to a local food bank or homeless shelter.
3. Celebrate Home & Hearth- We'll be spending more time indoors in just a few months. Take some time to do a fall version of spring cleaning. Physically clean your home from top to bottom, and then do a cleansing. For some, you can use cleaners and candles. For others, prayers and spiritual family time will clear unwanted energies, and still for others, smudging with sage, sweetgrass, or asperge with consecrated water is used to go through the home and bless each room.
Decorate your home with symbols of the harvest season and set up an area for autumn decor. Put sickles, scythes and bales of hay around the yard. Collect colorful autumn leaves, gourds and fallen twigs placing them in decorative baskets in your house. If you have any repairs that need to be done, do them now so you don't have to worry about them over the winter. Throw out or give away anything that's no longer of use.
4. Here is a Balance and Blessing Meditation that I wrote for those who do not have their own form of prayer or who wish to have a new one to use. Light a white and dark candle to represent the daylight and the night, and say the following:
"At this time of balance, this autumnal equinox
We light these candles for sanction and protection.
We give thanks for sunlight and mirth.
We give thanks for moonlight and earth.
We give thanks for harvest and gain.
We give thanks for abundance obtained
We thank you ancient ones and ancestors.
We thank you great spirits and luminous guides.
We thank you creatures of the air, water, and earth.
We thank our brothers and sisters on all our journeys.
We cast wide under star nation as each guiding light
is a light that guides our own present course.
We honor the rising and setting of the sun.
We honor the seasonal change.
We honor the box of colors that nature provides.
We honor the phases of the moon,
and the shadow selves of the moon
and of mother earth that we call night.
We tread softly with warm hearts.
We ask that our eyes only see truth,
That we speak only truth,
That we hear only truth.
We honor our light and our dark equally.
The light and dark are same in length.
Equal time and equal strength.
As we sit in the liminal,
the release commences,
opening with all of our senses.
We are well-met,
Soon to come, our best is yet.
The past is gone, where we have known defeat
Today we honor both, we are complete."
Meditations, Honorings, and Blessings
©RK Arts Studio, Rain Kilburne
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