Autumn is one of my favourite seasons. In Wicca, the start of autumn is marked by the celebration of Mabon. Here is a little bit more about this special celebration...
Mabon (also known as Modron) marks the autumn equinox in Wicca and many other religions and belief systems. In the southern hemisphere, it usually lands on or around the 21st of March.
Mabon represents the time when daytime and night-time are of equal length. Mabon and the period after it is a time to prepare for the darker days ahead by harvesting the fruits of the Earth Mother and preparing for hibernation.
A key symbol of Mabon celebrations is the apple which represents the five elements of life coming together. When an apple is sliced open, we can see the star of life representing earth, air, fire, water and the spirit world. People often gift baskets of apples during Mabon and share in the ritual of cutting and eating apples together.
The celebration of Mabon is an important aspect of Wiccan rituals. It allows one to prepare to embrace the stillness and quiet of the winter months which will help to bring about creativity through the growth and regeneration of the soul. As a person can only truly grow when they have the chance to be still and take a break, Mabon reminds us to prepare for this important phase of the year.
Mabon can be thought of as a type of thanksgiving, as we thank the Earth Mother for providing for us. It is a ritual practice of Mabon to share the fruits that we have acquired from the harvest with others to ensure that we receive blessings and good energy from the Gods and Goddesses. We can also take part in this practice in modern times by being thankful for other blessings in our lives and sharing these as well.
Some practices and tasks to help you prepare for the quiet winter months include organising your home space; not necessarily clearing it out but simply putting things in order. Starting up your meditation practice again is helpful during this time and enjoying what is left of the seasonal summer and autumn foods, and showing appreciation for these, will help you prepare for the winter months ahead.