Mabon Has Arrived!
Today, on September 22, 2014, we see the glorious arrival of Mabon, or the autumn equinox, in the Northern hemisphere. Mabon, also known as Equinozio di Autunno and alban Elfed, among other names, appears with resplendent colors of red, orange, yellow, and brown–most dramatically in the New England states (sniff).
The equinox is a time of balance, when day and night are of equal length; after the autumn equinox, in the Northern Hemisphere, nights will gradually get longer until we reach Yule, or the winter solstice. In the Southern Hemisphere, in contrast, residents see the arrival of Ostara, or the spring equinox, and will see days becoming increasingly longer until the arrival of Litha, or the summer solstice.
Within the Wheel of the Year, Mabon marks the time where the God has either died or is significantly weakened, depending on tradition. This Lesser Sabbat is the second of three harvest festivals –the others being Lughnassadh and Samhain–and is an excellent time to mark your own personal harvests in your life. What has come to fruition in your personal, professional, or spiritual life? What are you reaping from the seeds of promise you have planted earlier in the year? Ritual activities might revolve around this reflection.
Increasingly, Mabon is also the occasion that sees many Pagan Pride observances; many of these Pagan Pride events involve, among other things, collecting nonperishable foods for the hungry.
Here is a sample Mabon invocation for you, to be adapted as you wish: “Blessed Lord and Lady, forces of balance, aspects of light and dark, sowers and reapers of the harvest, I welcome and embrace Thee in body, mind, and spirit. Blessed Be.”
For a Mabon feast, roasted (or, in my area, barbequed) meats and vegetables are appropriate, as are any squashes, beans, and salads. For Mabon, I like to serve succotash, a mixture of lima beans and corn, as a simple harvest dish. Apple cider and red wine are great as Mabon beverages.
Blessed Mabon to you and yours!