Wiccan Autumnal Equinox/Mabon
Mabon or the autumnal equinox is one of the eight Sabbats or celebrations based on the cycles of the sun that is observed by pagans and Wiccans alike. Wiccans have a deep respect for nature along with a pantheistic worldview. Some practice some form of ritual magic that is almost always considered good or constructive. Some Wiccans are solitary practitioners; others belong to covens. The Autumnal Equinox or Mabon is a time for Wiccans to celebrate the harvest and a time to reflect on and honor the changing seasons.
Our biological connection to the earth’s seasonal cycles call us to ponder the gift of the bounty of the fields along with the many blessings in our lives. There is a balance at this time of year between light and dark when the Sun crosses the celestial equator from north to south as the fall equinox takes place on or about September 21. The term equinox is derived from the Latin and means “equal night”. This transitional period of the year allows us to experience and to enjoy equal amounts of light and dark. It is a perfect time to reflect on the many blessings in our lives and to take notice of what we may do better and how we may make our lives more purposeful and productive.
As the earth gives us food so should we strive to give of ourselves to others thus as we take care of the harvest, so should we take care of those currently in our lives and those who we are yet to meet. It is a time for giving thanks for what we have and a time to contemplate what we can give to others. The Autumnal Equinox is also a time to remember that all life is sacred and to know that when we do good in the world it is destined to return to us threefold. It is a perfect time to plan a feast or celebration to enjoy the bounty of the harvest with friends and family and to share and to give thanks for all of the blessings in our lives.