Tis the autumn equinox today in the southern hemisphere (Spring Equinox in the North). I have spoken about the equinox before here during our last spring. Today’s in Autumn is Mabon.
Personally this is my favourite time of year. Heading into Winter. Don’t get me wrong I love the sun and I would miss it dearly if it didn’t return but I love heading into the time of reflection, slowing down and turning in. In some ways respite. From now the nights will be longer than the days. More time for our divine moon.
Today is when the tilt of the Earth’s axis is inclined neither away from nor towards the Sun, the center of the Sun being in the same plane as the Earth’s equator. The term equinox can also be used in a broader sense, meaning the date when such a passage happens. The name “equinox” is derived from the Latin aequus (equal) and nox (night), because around the equinox, the night and day have approximately equal length ~ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Equinox
Autumn is about harvesting the last of the crops before the darkness of winter. So at equinox we celebrate the harvest. It is also a time for cultivating, preparing the soil and ensuring it is full of nutrients and rich to support the seeds to be sown during the winter.
Goddesses: Lilith, Rhiannon and Hecate. Gods: Thor, Hermes, and The Green Man
Decorate with: Leaves, Candles and colours: Orange, green and yellow. Fire always adds to the sacredness of the offering and celebration. Symbols representative of balance such as yin and yang, black and white and scales are also good for both equinox. Animals connected to Mabon: Blackbird, the Stag, the Owl and the Eagle
Essential Oils: ginger, cardamom, cinnamon and clove, sandalwood, patchouli and fennel
Crystals: Tigers Eye, Carnelian, Yellow calcite, Moss Agate and Peridot
Gratitude can also be a theme to focus upon as with the notion of last harvest its about being grateful for that which the land has provided to us from this years crop. Interestingly as this years Equinox falls upon the new astrological year it symbolically attunes with the idea of reflecting on the past year and that of a “new beginning” of a new year.
This equinox I’m reflecting on divine timing. As this card highlights from Colette Baron-Reid’s Wisdom of the Hidden Realms deck that everything has a natural rhythm. We can not get to summer without spring and winter first from autumn. Likewise we cannot skip steps in our path to progress no matter how much we want to or try. If we do sometimes these plans don’t actually manifest or do so on shaky ground. Why jeopardise it when we can have something solid and successful if just for waiting?
As Mabon is during the in between of the full and new moon it reinforces the potency of letting go. Letting go of the last harvest of the season’s growth, letting go of any issues you do not want to focus upon during the winter hibernation where the intent is upon the future and that which you want to bring forth in the spring and summer. Release and let it go for one final time before you retreat.
“Just as the seasons magically pass, be reminded that the nature of birth, growth, harvest and decay cannot be altered”
I think Enya’s Only Time reflects nicely upon the themes of Mabon. Blessed be on this Autumn Equinox. I am grateful once again for you visting my blog. Namaste`