Mabon | The Autumn Equinox
For a perfect moment there is balance. Every Fall, for just a moment in a long year, the day and night are equal. How like the earth we are in our revolutions around a central core seeking balance. We do come back to it, revel in it, and find beauty in the dance.
Observed on September 21st, Mabon is the second harvest in the wheel of the year, as it follows August’s first harvests. The name Mabon is believed to have its roots in mythology, referencing Mabon as the son of Modron, a great mother goddess of Celtic myth and folk stories. A tenth-century anonymous poem, the Pa Gur depicts Mabon as a follower of Arthur, a folk hero who predates the Arthurian legends. He and his men were bound by a loyalty balanced with joy and some suggestion of supernatural powers. How does a history like this come forward into modern times? There is some evidence which marries this celebration’s name with a point in the 1970’s when neopaganism was flourishing among both scholars and practitioners who attached new meaning to ancient names and terms. Other such names for the Fall equinox include the beautiful, Feast of the Ingathering and Harvest Home.
Mabon is said to be a time when not only is the dark and the light in perfect balance, but so are the forces of good and evil. In Norse tradition, one would fast the day and night before the fall equinox to ask for forgiveness. When the fast is over it is met with a decadent feast, full of the bounty of Mother Nature. Apples, seeds, nuts and grapes are the mainstays for this celebration for it is a time of the second harvest.
How shall you honor the internal revolutions of the wheel for this beautiful life?
Our Mabon Ritual Box has been crafted with intention and care. In it you’ll find all the tools you need to mark this beautiful time of year:
- Fall Equinox Bath Bomb
- Prosperity Goat Milk’s Soap
- Rough Tourmaline
- Cedar Smudge Bundle
- Fall Equinox Candle
- Balancing Scales Art Card
- Ritual Booklet packed with information on how to incorporate these items into your practices.