Celebrate Mabon!

Fall is my favorite time of year; the leaves change color, the temperature gets cooler, and my favorite three P’s make their appearance: Pumpkin, persimmons, pomegranates!

Tomorrow is Mabon, the Autumn Equinox which usually lasts from about September 21-24 (the date can vary). An equinox is an astronomical event which occurs twice each year, around 20 March and 23 September. During this time the plane of Earth’s equator passes through the center of the sun.

We may not be able to have big Autumn banquet in a mead hall like our ancestors but we can certainly come up with our own little rituals to celebrate the changing of the seasons. It’s a great way to get back to nature and get back a little piece of our own white European history.

The past few years I have made what I call an Autumn alter. It’s nothing fancy, usually just a cinnamon wood broom from my grocery store along with several pumpkins, plus red and orange candles. I don’t know why I started doing this, it was just something I felt compelled to do. I guess secretly I was always a hell bound heathen at heart. J

The following music is not only great for helping us celebrate Mabon but to remember who we are as a people and to decide where we want to go:

 

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6 thoughts on “Celebrate Mabon!

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  2. Thank you Shield Maiden, for a short but wonderful article to always remind us of our roots and tremendous culture. I am well educated and well read but I still find Heathen Women some of the finest information I run across all week. I really appreciate the effort you all put into this site for folk and family.

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  3. Hi Shield Maiden. You clearly do a lot more than I to spread our ancestral ways but I would like to offer a slight correction. You say that the equinox celebrates the changing on the seasons. In fact, the equinoxes are the mid-points of the seasons.

    To illustrate the point, the summer solstice which is also sometimes called mid-summer is the middle of summer. It is the time of year when there is the most sunlight, reaching its peak amount of sun. You have to work up to a peak, you cannot start at a peak.

    The same applies to the winter solstice, or mid-winter. This is the depths of winter. Again you cannot plummet straight to the deepest point, you have to work down to it. Therefore, the winter solstice is the mid-point of winter. It is half way through winter, not the start.

    So, by this reckoning, this logically puts the equinoxes as the mid points of spring and autumn. Therefore the start points of the seasons will be approximately 6 or 7 weeks before the equinox or solstice. May Day signalling the onset of summer for example.

    It seems that our ancient ancestors had knowledge of this calendric system, following natures bio-rhythms.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wheel_of_the_Year#/media/File:Wheel_of_the_Year.svg

    This is just one simplified version of the many, sometime beautiful ‘wheel of the year’ calendars that were utilised by our ancestors and is now being re-introduced by our kins-folk. I’m sure you have seen such artefacts.

    I am no expert on the matter, but it seems logical to me that should we wish to live in harmony with the bio-rhythms of nature, we should be observing the correct dates.

    Valour

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    1. Good info! I just wanted to keep the article short and sweet. 🙂 I probably should have clarified that to me it also represents the changing of the seasons as well.

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