Today is the Autumnal Equinox–the first day of Fall–with both the Northern and Southern hemispheres experiencing near-equal amounts of daylight.
In Pagan circles, it is also the holiday of Mabon–a Wiccan “Thanksgiving,” of sorts.
There is little evidence that Mabon started any earlier than the 1970s, when Neopagan author Aidan Kelly coined the name based off of the Welsh mythological character Mabon ap Modron. Mabon’s relatively recent origins, however, doesn’t negate the far more ancient meaning behind this day.
There are three points to take away from the Autumnal Equinox/Mabon…
First, it’s the “perfect” balance between binary opposites: light and dark, feminine and masculine, and so on. So it might be a good time to reflect on the issue of “balance” in your life…where do you feel a lack of balance or a preponderance of one aspect over the other?
Second, it’s a time of Harvest…basically, reaping what you sow (karma). That’s sort of self-explanatory.
Third, it marks the journey of the Sun God and Persephone as they slowly make their descent into darkness and the Underworld…part of the ancient Cycle. The days grow shorter and the nights longer; leaves falling from trees, heat replaced by cold, all heading for the stillness of Winter.
Fall is my favorite season; it has a very unique crispness in the air that I refer to as “Witchy Weather.” And Mabon has always stuck in my mind after reading a book from an early 2000’s teen witch YA series, “Sweep” by Cate Tiernan, that used the holiday as a focal point:
Teen witch YA book series from the Nineties and early Aughts…a rich topic for perhaps another day. Enjoy the Equinox!