The mid harvest festival this year will be on the 22nd September 2017.
The Autumn Equinox or Mabon as it is also known, celebrates the balance within nature.
It is a time when night and day stand in equal duration. Nature is beginning to slow down as it rests during the winter.
Our ancestors would have celebrated with a feast…pulling together as a community would have been essential to reap a successful harvest. They would have given thanks to the God and the Goddess. Taking stock and preparing for the darker and colder months which lay ahead of them.
During this time we should reflect on the balance within our own lives. Also consider to ‘reap what we sow’ and how this has effected the year so far. Finally looking forward to what we wish to achieve in the future.
We may not have to work as part of a community to provide food for ourselves now. However you could hold a gathering and invite family and friends who have given you support throughout the year. If this is not possible donating food to your local food bank, could be away of sharing your abundance and thanks.
Decorating your home is an important part of any celebration. Apples and vines tend to be gathered towards the end of the harvest. Therefore they can be used as symbols of the Autumn Equinox and within the decorations you use, or the food you prepare.
Altars can be decorated with candles in reds, oranges, golds. Apples, pine cones, corn and dried leaves can also be used. You could also choose items that reflect the ‘balance’ aspect of this festival. A black and a white candle could be used to represent light and dark.
During the Autumn Equinox take time at your altar to reflect on the balance within your own life. Take time to meditate on areas of darkness you feel are present and balance these with areas of light….if these are out of balance, look at how you can regain equilibrium.
I honour the harvest, as the wheel turns again once more
As the Equinox balances darkness and light, I too will reflect
Every beginning has an end and with this a new beginning sparks
I give thanks for what was and what will be