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Celebrating Balance and Abundance: Mabon and the Autumnal Equinox

Celebrating Balance and Abundance: Mabon and the Autumnal Equinox

by | Sep 22, 2023

The Autumnal Equinox is a time to slow down and appreciate the beauty of nature’s bounty. It is marked by equal day and night, symbolizing balance before transition, and honored with harvest festivities that go back centuries. In celebration of Mabon season, let us explore the wonders of local parks, farmer’s markets, and charming homemade crafts like the magical Mabon Apple Garland.

Symbolic Representation

The Autumnal Equinox marks the time of year when day and night are of equal length in the northern hemisphere, typically taking place between September 21 and 24. It is an auspicious occasion that symbolizes balance before transition, as the days become shorter towards the winter solstice. Mabon, a Welsh god, has become associated with harvest festivals, which have been celebrated for centuries. The symbols of the cornucopia and apple are prominently featured during this time of Thanksgiving.

Reap the Rewards of Nature

Celebrate the beauty of nature and its bounty by taking a short walk in one of Canton’s many parks, nature preserves, or even just around your neighborhood. Let your senses come alive as you listen attentively to the sounds of the environment, observe fascinating natural elements, deeply inhale the fall air, and feel the texture of the earth between your fingers. If you planted seeds in the springtime, now is the time to reap the rewards of your hard work. Even if you didn’t, you can still take part in the harvest! Visit a local farmer’s market and savor the delicious produce that it has to offer – cook with it, preserve it for the winter, or just enjoy it as is.

Now that you are in the spirit of the harvest season, why not try your hand at creating a Mabon Apple Garland? Start by peeling an apple slowly and carefully, so that the peel stays intact for as long as possible. When it finally breaks, take note of the letter that it forms – this could be the first letter of your true love’s name! Once the apple is peeled, cut it in half to reveal the pentagram of seeds, representing the five elements of earth, air, fire, water, and spirit. Finally, take your wool yarn and a large needle, and start thinly slicing the apple horizontally to create your Mabon Apple Garland. String together the slices with leaves of your choice to make a beautiful garland that will last through the winter season. Enjoy the fruits of your labor and the beauty of nature during this special time of year, and let the magic of Mabon fill your heart with positivity and joy.

Don’t forget to share the bounty of the season with those in need. Reach out to local food pantries and offer up your time or donate needed supplies. Make a difference in your community by giving back!

Take a moment to celebrate the good things in your life! Whether it be something life-changing or a small pleasure, take time each day to express gratitude and thankfulness. Create a meditation practice or journal your reflections. Utilize digital apps to capture moments of appreciation. Cultivate an attitude of gratitude for just a few minutes each day, and continue this practice throughout the year. You will find that this simple act can help you realign your mindset and instill a sense of pride and positivity.

Resources for Exploring Autumnal Magic

The Hedgewitch’s Little Book of Seasonal Magic by Tudorbeth is an incredibly useful resource for those looking to explore seasonal magic. Divided by seasons, the autumn chapter offers several jam, jelly, and preserves recipes. Anjou Kiernan’s Ultimate Guide to the Witch’s Wheel of the Year also provides readers with a plethora of autumnal knowledge, including a recipe for mulled apple cider and several other festive projects. Cassie Uhl’s Zenned Out Guide to Understanding the Wheel of the Year delves further into the season with additional gratitude practices and rituals. Finally, Jason Mankey’s Witch’s Wheel of the Year is an extensive guide that dedicates an entire fifth part to autumn, covering both Mabon and Samhain, as well as providing information on the history of the celebration.

To conclude, the seasonal celebration of Mabon honors the cycle of nature and serves as a guide on our journey to appreciate all that it has to offer. We can honor and connect with the harvest season through activities such as taking a nature stroll, enjoying the produce of local farmer’s markets, and crafting a special Mabon Apple Garland. This time of year is an opportunity to explore the beauty of the environment and find deeper spiritual understanding in the transitions of the seasons; take some time to recognize the balance of light and darkness represented at the Autumnal Equinox. May you fill your heart and soul by connecting with the power of nature this season.

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