Monday, September 21, 2009

A Beautiful Mabon

The beauty of the Fall/Autumn Equinox is finally here. On September 22nd, we honor the changing seasons with the first day of fall, also known as Mabon. Mabon is one of several sacred lunar/solar events that takes place since the beginning of time as we know it. On this day we are provided with equal amounts of both night and day. Tomorrow the days will continue to become shorter and the nights will begin to grow longer and longer till we reach the Winter Solstice when the sun is reborn once more.

Mabon is a time of balance, and a good time to celebrate the stability of the hearth and home. It is the time of the autumn equinox, and the harvest is winding down. The fields are nearly empty, because the crops have been plucked and stored for the coming winter. Mabon is the mid-harvest festival, and it is when we take a few moments to honor the changing seasons, and celebrate the second harvest.

For some, it's a season to honor the darker aspects of the goddess, calling upon that which is devoid of light. For others, it's a time of thankfulness, of gratitude for the abundance we have at the season of harvest. No matter how you see it, Mabon is traditionally a time of balance. After all, it's one of the two times each year that has equal amounts of darkness and daytime.

Ways to Celebrate Mabon:
  • Show/Feel Gratitude ~ Sit down and make a gratitude list. Write down things that you are thankful for. An attitude of gratefulness helps bring more abundance our way -- what are things you're glad you have in your life? Maybe it's the small things, like "I'm glad I have warm running water" or "I'm glad my car is running." Maybe it's something bigger, like "I'm thankful I have a warm home and food to eat" or "I'm thankful people love me even when I'm cranky or spinning." Keep your list some place you can see it, and add to it when the mood strikes you.
  • Honor the Darkness ~ Without darkness, there is no light. Without night, there can be no day. Despite a basic human need to overlook the dark, there are many positive aspects to embracing the dark side, if it's just for a short time. Celebrate a ritual that honors that aspect of the Goddess which we may not always find comforting or appealing, but which we must always be willing to acknowledge. Call upon the gods and goddesses of the dark night, and ask for their blessings this time of year.
  • Autumn Cleansing ~ As autumn rolls in, we know we'll be spending more time indoors in just a few months. Take some time to do a fall version of spring cleaning. Physically clean your home from top to bottom, and then do a ritual smudging. Use sage or sweetgrass as you go through your home and bless each room. This ritual should be done to your aura as well.
Rainbow Tree's Mabon Balancing Meditation & Ritual

You will need:
1 glass bowl of water
1 white candle & 1 black candle (same size & height)

Do a basic circle casting and quarter calling before you begin this ritual. Place a protective cone or pyramid of purple energy over yourself. Know you are always safe in any magical work you are doing that is done with love and gratitude.

Place the bowl of water directly in front of you. On the left place the white candle and on the right side of the bowl place the black candle. Light each candle and say "Thank you" aloud to honor the element of fire. Repeat to honor the element of air when you blow the match out or the flame from the lighter is extinguished.

Repeat the following aloud:
God & Goddess of the divine, bring to me the balance of the season.
Tonight I dance in the dark shadows of our earth.
I honor the darkness for without it we can never have the light.
I thank you for the abundance of the season,
the flesh of the fruits and the warmth the sun brought us.
I know now is the time to honor the balance in all things.
For we can not feel love until we experience rage.
We could never understand peace if greed or chaos stayed away.
If we never experienced sorrow, we may never know true joy.
Without the darkness of night, there would be no light of day.
Without death, we might not value life and hold it so precious.
It is in the sacred balance that we find our serenity.
Allow my spirit to see and feel the balance of this universe.
Bring to me the light and dark divine.
Show me the ways of old on this sacred sabot.
I thank you and the ancestors that be.
As above, it is below.
So mote it be.

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