Let me just relax into that for a moment...*sigh*
I love September for so many reasons. Apple season. The beginning of fall. Leaves skittering across the pavement. Pumpkin spice coffee. But most importantly, here in the south, it's starting to cool down, although not by much! Trust me, mid 80's feels pretty nice after a summer of hott weather days. This week nature has blessed us with much needed rain, and my little Pagan soul is very happy!
But September also means Maaaaabon! And Mabon is awesome because it's officially the start of fall, which means Halloween decorations!
The beginning of fall means the start of my favorite season...even if stores are trying to rush me through it. Don't think I'm not aware of that colorfully-lit tree tucked away in the garden section, Walmart. I'm on to your shit! I was in Hobby Lobby yesterday and half the store is filled with Christmas crap already and the fall/Halloween decor is already On-Sale and Halloween is still 2 months away!
Okay, maybe I'm a little defensive of autumn. But it's always been my absolute favorite season!!! Even as a little girl I had choices as to what I wanted to be for Trick-Or-Treating (A Witch or Pocahontas). I never gave it any other options...and I didn't just claim them on the 1 night of the year that it was acceptable, because this WAS me all year long. You see, I'm BOTH Native American and a natural born Witch. But enough about me......
Mabon marks the autumn equinox, meaning daylight and nighttime are equal. After today, the darkness will begin to win the battle, gaining an extra minute or so every day as we progress towards winter. Now is the time when nature begins to slow and the harvests become less plentiful as the God prepares for his transition from the living realm into the afterlife. Though Mabon can arrive as early as September 20th or 21st depending on solar patterns, this year Mabon falls on September 23rd. So get ready to celebrate!
Like most Sabbats that are celebrated later in the year, Mabon is about reflection and letting go of that which does not serve us any longer. It's a chance to slough off the old and prepare for new beginnings. That smoking habit you've been meaning to quit? Biting your nails? Criticizing your co-worker's love for sweaters with cats knitted on the front? Still having pizza for breakfast? Now is the time to address these issues and make changes toward betterment.
The colors of Mabon are just as rich and warming as the colors of autumn—deep crimson, vibrant orange, lustrous gold, and earthy brown. If you're planning a feast, make sure to include all the fall bounties as well as late summer fruits and vegetables. Pumpkin, squash, berries, nuts, and corn are all fantastic inclusions.
Here's a few ideas of how you can celebrate Mabon:
~ Make Popcorn
~ Balance Your Chakras
~ Have a Pumpkin Spice Latte
~ Focus on Gratitude
With Mabon being a time of reflection and balance, what better way to celebrate than to make a list for all that you are thankful for?
~ Bring in some nature
If you're anything like me, you're just itching to get something decorative in your home this fall. Since it's a touch early for ghosts and jack-o-lanterns, why not take a nature walk and collect whatever beautiful, natural treasures you stumble upon? Colored leaves. Acorns. Gnarled twigs. Pine cones. Cool rocks. Bring a bag and collect whatever catches your eye. Arrange it on a table or counter top when you get home, throw in a candle or two (maybe gold and red) and you've got yourself an instant natural Mabon altar! You can even leave your natural masterpiece up for a few weeks as a spectacular (and FREE!) fall decoration!
Happy Fall Ya'll !!!