This year the fall equinox occurs on Saturday, September 22, 2018 in the northern hemisphere. This is a point of perfect balance as is its counterpart the Spring Equinox. Night and day are again of equal length and in perfect equilibrium.
Our Wiccan sisters and brothers celebrate this time as the festival of Mabon, a God of Welsh mythology. We are again on the cusp of transition and now the year begins to wane. The cycle of the natural world is moving towards completion, the nights grow longer and the days are shorter and cooler. The green of summer changes to the reds, oranges, and golds of autumn.
This is the Second Harvest, the Fruit Harvest and the Great Feast of Thanksgiving. We enjoy the abundance of harvested fruits and vegetables. It is a time of giving thanks. It is also a time to celebrate light and darkness. This celebration calls for rest from our labors and preparing for winter as a time of reflection. The Internet tells us that the Cornucopia, or Horn of Plenty, is a traditional symbol for Mabon. It is a wonderful symbol for the wealth of harvest and is a beautifully balanced symbol which is both male (phallic) and female (receptive). The apple is the symbol of the fruit harvest.
Mabon is celebrated in many different ways, but commonly the focus is on the second harvest and/or the balance between light and darkness. Times of transition are often times of gratitude, reflection, remembrance, completion, and the nurturing of new plans and hopes. It is important for us to reflect on the seasons and the beauty of nature. Pope Francis reminds us in Laudato Si that nature cannot be regarded as something separate from ourselves or as a mere setting in which we live. We are part of nature, included in it and thus in constant interaction with it. Let us take time this autumn to pause and to savor the beauty of this rich, colorful, fruitful season. Let us discover the sacred within creation.
Cornucopia, Apples Photo from Pixabay