The Fall Equinox, otherwise known as Mabon, will be happening this momentous year on Thursday September 22nd. This day marks the light summer months we have previously enjoyed, transitioning into the cold darkness of winter. On this day there is a perfect balance of day and night. The hours for each will be equal. It is a celebration of the most recent harvest as well as the changing of seasons.
If you would like to celebrate or honor the day, there are many different options for Mabon.
This is a wonderful time to give thanks. Make yourself a gratitude jar. Take a moment to consider all of the things in life that you are thankful for. People, events, things, or opportunities. Write them down on brightly colored pieces of paper and put them in a jar. When the dark winter months get you down or you find yourself having a challenging day, open it up and count your blessings.
Get balanced! Since this is the time of day when the daytime and nighttime hours are even, why not make sure you’re centered? Try a relaxing grounding meditation. If you are not comfortable guiding yourself through a meditation on your own, go to YouTube or a similar site to search for one that does the work for you.
Spend some time outside. Nature has so many beautiful changes to show us as we ease our way into fall. For those of you who live in the land of the endless summer, it’s still refreshing and grounding to be outside. Take a hike, take a walk on the beach, or meditate under a beautiful tree.
Create an altar in your home to prepare for the upcoming Mabon celebration. Use colors of the holiday which would be reds, maroons, oranges, browns and golds. You can start with cloths that symbolize Mabon and also include items from nature, food offerings, candles or anything else you like. This is the season of balance so anything in this area is relevant as well. Be creative and most importantly – have fun!
Show your sacred space some love. With fall on the horizon and winter not too far behind, now is the time to make your space comfortable and fresh for the season ahead. With the temperatures dropping, it’s likely that you will be spending more time indoors. This makes Mabon a perfect time to pull out your winter clothes and bedding, clean out any extra junk in your home, and give the whole place a good scrub. Be sure to finish it off with an energy clearing sage smudging or a deep frankincense cleansing.