Autumn Equinox

The autumnal equinox falls on September 23 in 2014, marking the official first day of autumn as well as the festival, Mabon, in the northern hemisphere.

autumn

Mabon is a harvest festival, the second of three, that encourages us to reap what we sow. It is the time when night and day are equal in duration.

A time to express gratitude, complete projects and honour a moment of balance.

A time to look back not just on the past year, but also your life, and to plan for the future.

In the rhythm of the year, Mabon is a time of rest and celebration, after the hard work of gathering the crops. Warm autumn days are followed by chill nights, as the Old Sun God returns to the embrace of the Goddess.

The festival is named after the Welsh God, Mabon, son of Earth Mother goddess Modron.

We can mark the festival by enjoying rich feasts with seasonal foods like apples, pomegranates and root vegetables and observing rituals honoring the goddess’ transition from mother to crone.

mabon

Create an altar with apples, leaves, pinecones, corn, pomegranate, squash and root vegetables. Add gardening tools (scythe, baskets, hand trowel) and objects that are the colours of gold, orange, red, bronze, and rust. Light an orange or yellow candle and give thanks for the blessings of abundance you have in your life.

Ask for blessings. When lighting your candle, you can call to the Goddess in her Mother aspect and/or ask the Green Man to bless your harvest.

Do apple magic. Harvest home grown apples. Cut an apple horizontally to reveal the hidden, five-pointed star (a pentagram) inside.

apples

Meditate on balance. If you are a family caregiver,  if you have a high-stress job, or have a lot of personal drama. Reflect on how you handle pressure, how you manage your and other people’s emotions, and how easily your peace of mind can be disrupted. Think about ways you can reduce stress and bring more balance to your life. Consider going to bed earlier and waking up earlier. Practice non-violent communication, eat more healthily, and eliminate unhealthy relationships.

Pray for peace. In a world out of balance, praying for peace and stability,including a stable climate, can be especially potent during Mabon.

Listen to music. Music is a wonderful way to get into the mood of Mabon!

First Leaves Of Autumn

As the daylight turns to starlight and the season turns to change,
I get the same ould answers but the question still re – – mains.
We shared a brief but magic song,
By the first leaves of au- -tumn, you were gone,

Chorus
Not until the rain has touched my face,
Not until the first leaves fell from space,
Not until that moment did I see,
I never realised what you meant to me.
From the days you filled with sunlight,
To the laughter in you eyes ,
To the making and the breaking of the day you said goodbye,
We shared a brief but magic song,
By the first leaves of autumn, you were gone.
Not until the hearts defence is down
Not until ould come-all-ye comes round ,
Not until that moment did I see,
Never realised what you meant to me.
Not until the rain has touched my face,
Not until the first leaves fell from space,
Not until that moment did I see,
Never realised what you meant to me,

Irish Song

autumn 2

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