The Autumnal Equinox, also known as Mabon, is celebrated when day and night are of equal duration before the descent into increasing darkness and is the final festival of the season of harvest. After this day, darkness takes over light, cold takes over warmth, and death takes over life. Earth’s energy is pulled inwards as leaves from trees fall to the ground, flowers wilt and die, the ground will become hard and barren. In nature, the activity of the summer months slows down to the hibernation for the winter. Now is a time to reflect on the past seasons. The Sun God is now descending into the underworld and will make his final decent on Samhain. The Triple Goddess, after giving birth to the harvest, has left her Mother phase and is now entering her Crone Phase.
Mabon is also a time to recognize that the balance of the year has changed, the wheel has turned, summer is now over, we must prepare for a long winter ahead of us, and ask the Lord of the Dark Sun to be kind to us throughout the winter months.
Autumn’s Equinox is a time of balance, it is a time to look within ourselves and balance our thoughts and emotions, to find balance in our lives.
Astrologers will recognize this as the date the Sun enters the sign of Libra – the Scales of Balance.
Mabon is considered a time of mysteries. The Druids call this celebration, Mea’n Fo’mhair, and honor The Green Man, the Horned God of the Forest, by offering libations to trees. Offerings of ciders, wines, and herbs. It is a time to honor Aging Deities and the Spirit World. It is considered a time of balance, it is when we stop and relax and enjoy the fruits of our personal harvests, whether they be from toiling in our gardens, working at our jobs, raising our families, or just coping with everyday life.