Guest Author - Amelia Tucker
My favorite time of year approaches: Mabon. I refer to it as the Fall Equinox. This year it falls on September 23 and it marks the second time in the year that day and night are of the same length.
Celebrating Mabon is very popular with my family as it marks a change from the hot days of summer to the cooler days where we see the foods we have worked so hard to gather for the winter.For our homestead it is the busiest time of year as we are putting away all the foods we have nurtured all growing season and the animals that we raised deserve to be given thanks. We make sure to actively think about our bounty on this day. Each long winter day will be warm and satisfying inside our home because of the work we did all summer. Now is the time to put thanks into ritual to celebrate that.
Our altar also gets refreshed. Here is an article on how we have done it in the past.
Mabon is all about finding balance. For us it is the day that we change as much as possible about our surroundings for the second half of the year. We change all outdoor decoration, toys, furniture and even go so far as to take out the seasonal items that we are not quite ready to use but mark the changing of the season for us in a visual way. We start the next half of the year with inner peace-balance if you will-by putting away the summer life and bringing the Autumn items.
Our first meal consists of things we have dried, frozen, canned or raised and butchered from the farm. We make it a point to share the blessing of the meal by voicing the thankfulness we are feeling for the animals that we raised to fill our freezers, the work involved to bring a particular jar of applesauce or chutney to the table. We share a bit of our food with the animals we keep year round and say a blessing for them to remain healthy and vibrant during the coming months of cold.
Spellwork for Mabon would include those for self confidence, protection and of course, balance. If you are working with herbs, you may find those like Calendula, Thistle and Milkweed(I use the dried pods) to be especially magical at this time of year.
Blessings to everyone at my most favorite time of year: Mabon!!