Autumn Equinox celebrated by Pagans. An equinox is an astronomical point and as the world on axis wobbles slightly the date can vary slightly. It occurs when the sun crosses the equator on its journey southward – there will be a day and a night of equal duration. From now there will be less daylight hours and more hours of darkness. Mabon marks the middle of harvest and as there is equal day and night it is the moment nature is in balance. This is a time to reap what has been sown, giving thanks for harvest and what the earth provides. A time to finish old projects and plans and time to plant new seeds for new enterprises or a change in lifestyle. Mabon is a time of celebration and balance.
During Mabon people look back on the past year and their life and make plans for the future. It is a time of rest and celebration. The Old Sun God returns to the embrace of the Goddess taking warm Autumnal days and leaving chillier nights and days. The Sun God is mourned and we must remember all things must come to an end. The Sun God journeys into the lands of winter and into the Goddess’ loving arms but with endings there are times to celebrate our success, be thankful and take part in the balance of life.