|Meaning in the year circle||Day and night of the same length, beginning of autumn|
|Symbols||bread, pumpkin, apples, grapes|
|Stones||Smoky Quartz, Opalite, Hessonite|
|Keywords||balance, beginning of the dark season, mental fertility|
Why are we celebrating Mabon?
Mabon is the second of three Thanksgiving feasts. In Welsh mythology, the sun god Mabon is the son of Goddess Modron, Earth Mother and Protector of the Otherworld.
Legend has it that Mabon disappeared when he was only three nights old. Nobody knew where he was. Finally, he was found and released by a blackbird, a deer, an owl, an eagle and a salmon. Mabon was in the Otherworld, the abdominal cavity of Mother Earth, and was reborn as the Son of Light on Earth. This story is also similar to the mysteries of Greek Dionysus, as well as the rebirth of Jesus.
The autumnal equinox is the sunset of the year. We are on the threshold between day and night. In such an intermediate state, we can travel easily to the Otherworld, the gates are opened widely. It is time to take a look into the past and then take a firm step into the future. This day, just like the spring equinox, symbolizes balance. It is no coincidence that the beginning of the zodiac sign Libra is on the same day. Often the balance is understood as harmony, but true balance involves all qualities: light and darkness.
Are we celebrating Mabon today?
Our ancestors could finally put off the heavy physical work and concentrate on manual work and storytelling. Everything comes to rest. The annual circle ends with Mabon and finds a new beginning with Samhain.
We can use this time to celebrate our harvest and draw a personal balance.
In rural areas of Europe, the Christian harvest festival is still celebrated. But you can easily start your own Thanksgiving and invite friends and family. In addition to a feast of fruits, cereals and nuts, music and dance are also part of it. Traditionally, depending on the region, bread, vegetables, apples, corn, pumpkins, grapes and root vegetables were served.
An important aspect of Mabon is sharing. If we have too much, we can give to others, who might not have as much of it.
Now the quiet time of the year begins in which we come to rest and look back on the past year. Draw your personal balance of the year. For what are you grateful? What can you leave behind? What do you want to take with you into the winter?
Thank Mother Earth
In spring we asked for a rich harvest and now we can thank for it. A little thanksgiving ritual could look like this: Build a small altar and decorate it with autumn flowers and fruits. Write down everything for which you are thankful and put the paper on a prominent place on your altar. Light a candle and take your time in the spirit of playing it all over again. Feel the gratitude and the joy. It is especially nice if you build the altar in the wild. If you want to leave it, only use degradable elements. You can leave this altar until Samhain and then convert it. You can also take it down before.
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|1.||Samhain||beginning of the winter half-year, 11th new moon in the calendar year||usually celebrated on the 31st of October|
|2.||Yule||winter solstice||21st of December|
|3.||Imbolc||2nd full moon after Yule||usually celebrated on 2nd of February|
|4.||Ostara||Spring Equinox||21st of March|
|5.||Beltane||Beginning of the summer half-year, 5th full moon after Yule||usually celebrated on 30th of April|
|6.||Litha||Summer solstice||21st of June|
|7.||Lammas||8th full moon after Yule||usually celebrated on 2nd of August|
|8.||Mabon||Autumn equinox||23rd of September|