The Autumn Equinox and Mabon
On Monday 23rd of September, the autumnal equinox will be upon us. If you remember our Summer Solstice Article, the equinox occurs when the sun lines up exactly with the equator and, rises and sets at due east and west, respectively. It marks the beginning of autumn in the Northern Hemisphere (or spring in the south).
Here in the UK, the annual harvest festival was traditionally celebrated on the Sunday closest to the harvest moon, which is the moon closest to the equinox. In modern Neopaganism and Wicca, it is most often celebrated as Mabon, but also referred to as Harvest Home, the Feast of the Ingathering, Meán Fórmhair or Alban Elfed.
Symbolically speaking, much like in spring, the equinox represents balance. It is a moment of equilibrium before nature retreats and takes its rest over the winter. Traditionally, the harvest has been collected and it’s time to celebrate the fruits of this labour. Completion and reflection are the order of the day.
Celebrating with a feast is something that’s seen throughout different cultures, faiths and religions and we Pagan’s are no different.
Foods like breads, grains and root vegetables are popular all year round, but are particularly in keeping this time of year. Why not take it a step further and encourage your guests to bring along a non-perishable contribution and make a donation to your local food bank? Sharing is caring!
With the equinox being a time of balance, it’s a great excuse to take some time out and just ‘be’. Whether it’s mediation, yoga or just being out in nature, take a few minutes to take stock of your surroundings and reflect on the year. Hug a tree, or something.
Crystals for Mabon and the Equinox
Crystals which relate to grounding and the sun are perfect for this time of year. Consider Tiger’s Eye, Snowflake Obsidian and Pyrite – all available in our Frejya collection – to symbolise stability and abundance.