Celebration of Autumn
September 20, 2011 2 Comments
This Friday will be Mabon, or the Autumn equinox. The nights have been cooling down quite a bit, and I saw a tree along the side of the road that had a few leafs turned. Even the wild sumac is starting to dawn it’s bright red colour. I think the fall colours are going to be brilliant this year. We had quite a bit of rain over the summer and I’m not sure, but I think that helps to bring out the more vibrant displays.
Mabon is about more than the equal portions of night and day, it’s also a time to look back and reflect on the passing year. Samhain is right around the corner and the gardens are on their last legs. Soon the weather will be cold and we will fall into what I call the long, cold dark of November. Yet, as sad as it is to see the nice weather leave, it’s part of a cycle that we all have to endure. Nature is winding down, preparing for the ‘long sleep’ of winter. If you live in parts of the world where plants and trees lose their leaves and look dead, you know that nothing really dies off, but just becomes dormant, waiting for the increase rays of the sun to warm them up.
Mabon is also the second last of the harvest celebrations.
I plan on doing a small celebration this Friday mostly with food, and I might light some candles and meditate outside, weather permitting. If you are curious about a more elaborate ritual, check out this link. It gives you so much information on what to have and what to use in your rite.