Mabon – Fall Equinox



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The fall equinox is celebrated as the second harvest. It is again the time of equal day and equal night, when we are moving to the dark time of the year. The days are getting shorter and the nights longer. We are moving into the dreamtime when all planting, growing, reaping activities decrease and we give thanks for the harvest that will allow us to eat during the winter. Originally, thanksgiving was celebrated at this time as a thanks for the harvest and the bounty of the summer.

In ancient Celtic traditions, this festival is known as Alban Elfed meaning Light of Autumn. It is a time of honouring the season, entertaining guests and feasting.

Mabon is the term used by modern neopagans. It is the harvest celebration having a component of going within and reflecting on what seeds we planted for our own personal growth last year, what harvest we have reaped and what seeds we will want to plant next year…what goals do we wish to accomplish in the coming year? It is also seen as a time of serving others and many pagans will offer to help at soup kitchens, give pet food to animal shelters, assist with food drives and such.

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