Posted by: JanF | September 23, 2011

Mabon – Autumnal Equinox 2011

I have been thinking about the Autumnal Equinox this week because of the changes I am seeing around me (living in North Central Blogistan as I do) and because, for me, it is the time of the year for thoughtful reflection.

Autumn is my favorite time of year because I am drawn to the colors of fall and because I thrive in the cooler temperatures.

The Autumnal Equinox coincides with the pagan holiday of Mabon. It is also called the Feast of the Ingathering and is a ritual of thanksgiving for the fruits of the earth and a recognition of the need to share them to secure the blessings of the Goddess during the winter months.

We see the changes manifested daily. Certain birds have moved on…different but familiar birds have taken their place: the robins are gone but the juncos return…this will be their home until late spring.

The leaves on the trees are starting to turn. Some of the more compromised trees are almost completely in their fall foliage.

The evenings are getting cooler…and the mornings as well. And of course the light is changing.

The word “equinox” is derived from the Latin aequus (equal) and nox (night), because around the equinox, the night and day are approximately equally long. From the Sunrise/Sunset calendar based on where I live, the day/night will not be equal until next Tuesday but we celebrate the Equinox “when the tilt of the Earth’s axis is inclined neither away from nor towards the Sun”. This year it is on September 23 at 4:04 am Central Time.

Now it is time to start storing our summer things away and getting ready for winter. In times past, we would harvest and store. Most of us now do other things. We empty our rain barrels, shut off our outside water, drain the hoses and cover our delicate plants. We might put down (environmentally safe) weed and feed, we might make that last shorter cut on the lawn before putting away the mower.

I use the autumn to rebalance myself: to remind myself of my connection to the earth and to reaffirm my belief in her cycles. Autumn means winter is not far off but after winter comes spring and then summer. We are never too far from that which we cannot see.

A Blessed and Fruitful Mabon to my pagan and non-pagan friends alike.

Please enjoy autumn song from Lisa Thiel – Mabon (Autumnal Equinox)

O now is the time of the Harvest,
As we draw near to the years end
Now is the time of Mabon
Autumn is the time to descend
Old Woman waits patiently for us
At the threshold of the labyrinth within
She offers her hand that we may understand
The treasures that await at journey’s end
O Great Mother has given of Her body,
We give thanks for Her fruit and Her grain
We then clear the fields so that next harvest’s yields
Will be full and abundant again.
Old Woman leads us through the darkness
Our most ancient and trusted of friends
She carries the light of spiritual insight
And leads us to our wisdom once again
And as we journey through the darkness
And as we continue to descend
We learn to let go of what obscures our soul
And re-discover our true being in the end

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  1. I get melancholy about fall. I love the cooler weather but mourn the loss of daylight. The weather widget on my desktop says the sun rose at 6.40 am and that it will set at 6.47 pm.

    I walk the dogs as soon as I get home now, to take advantage of the remaining daylight. When daylight savings time ends, I will do my chores first, then walk the dogs to make sure we’re in full darness and not in the dangerous gloaming.

    • Thanks for visiting, trashablanca. Fall is just one stop on the cycle and as with all of them, there are pluses and minuses.

      I get cooler weather but more darkness. Darkness is actually good for thinking … which I do a lot this time of year and into the winter. Some of my best creative work is done in the darkness between 4am and 7am during the winter with a light 30 degree breeze blowing over me. 😯


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