Mabon / Autumn Equinox

Herfest, Halig, Second Harvest, Harvest Home, Fruit Harvest, Wine Harvest, Festival of Dionysus, Cornucopia, Feast of Avalon, Michaelmas, Meán Fómhair, Gŵyl Ganol yr Hydref (Welsh), Alban Elfed (Druid, ‘Light of the Water’), Haustblot/Harvestfest (Norse)

September 22, 2013 (Northern Hemisphere)
Quarter Festival, Lesser Sabbat

Mabon is the autumn equinox, a time when light and dark are once again equal.  The nights continue to grow longer and the earth’s bounty diminishes.  It is the second harvest, where much of the remaining crops are being collected and stored before the long winter.  Mabon is a time of thanksgiving, where we stop to recognize all of our personal harvests and are grateful for what we have been blessed with.

Mabon marks the time when the Greek Goddess Persephone starts her descent into the underworld, and the mourning Demeter withholds life from the once bountiful earth.  Symbols of Mabon include apples, grapes, wine, gourds, pine cones, acorns, wheat, dried leaves, corn, sun wheels, and pomegranates.

© A Year And A Day (2013)

3 thoughts on “Mabon / Autumn Equinox

  1. That’s lovely – and it is, I think, necessary to reflect upon – and, to some extent, go along with – that annual descent into the Underworld. Light and Darkness. Bounty and sparseness.

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