This is also the Autumn Equinox. This is the time of the completion of the harvest started at Lammas. Day and night are equal once more as the God prepares to travel toward renewal and rebirth from the Goddess.
Mabon, a Welsh son of the Divine Mother, was captured as a child and taken to the Otherworld. He was ultimately rescued and this sun festival celebrates the second harvest (or second chance). Autumn is a season of shadows and a time of waning light, but it is also a season of abundance, giving thanks and harvest.
Traditions from this season include traditional walks through wilderness or fields, gathering dried plants to be used for decorating or future herbal decoctions. The altar can be adorn with acorns, pine cones, corn stalks, and various colored Fall leaves. This is the time for completion of tasks, the act of forgiving and the fruition of long-term goals. The Fall Equinox is celebrated all over the world, once in the Northern Hemisphere, once in the Southern Hemisphere.
Fall represents our path of realization. It is our own path. What is the path less taken? This is often referred to as the path to our dreams! There are more paths not taken than there are those who stumble down it. The sheer number of people who dare not to venture down the road of their desires, is much more than those who do. But why? Is it fear, insecurity, poor self-esteem?
Take the first step: Without this, you can go nowhere. You can pave that path with good intentions, but if you do not take that first step, you are no further along than sitting and dreaming about it. It is important not to get bogged down in the negative feed back from others, the family members that don’t want you to leave your day job or those who think you can’t do it. Focus on your path. Use your energy to follow your positive thought process and take one step forward.
Make Room for Change: Make it a nourishing, self respecting place for change to take place in your mind. In the same way, create a life affirming, positive path to reach your goal. Make no excuses. Procrastination is the bi-product of feeling unworthy. Self worth leads us in the right direction.
What you will realize by taking these steps, is that before you know it, you are actually looking back over your shoulder to see how far you have come, without even realizing it. Keep moving forward and I promise, your persistence and perseverance will give you your just reward!
Fall is a realization of your prosperity. The prosperity wheel represents the constant cycle of prosperity that comes and goes, leaves and returns. Prosperity is the state of flourishing, thriving, success, or good fortune. Prosperity often encompasses wealth but, it is not just about money! Prosperity encompasses those things which give us abundance, gratitude, appreciation, peace, happiness and health. Prosperity is your right and reward. You have it and should always recognize it. Some important values about being prosperous include giving, sharing, accepting compliments and recognizing new beginnings.
” Prosperity isn’t about what you have or own, but what you feel about what you have or own.”
“O harvest mother, bring us near,
a place of love when Fall is here.
To bless and honor hearth and home,
when chill comes round and changes so,
so much to bring abundance in,
and keep us well, till Spring begins.
Oh harvest dollie, blessing dear,
we thank thee for our season cheer.
So bring around a basket full,
for all to have and share by Yule.”
~ Andrew Pacholyk MS L.Ac
Learn more about ways to celebrate Mabon, the Autumn Equinox.