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Wheel of the Year: Mabon

It's here! The Autumnal Equinox! Mabon!

Let me back up a little bit....

When we look at the Wheel of the Year, we see that there are several "holidays" marked on the basis of the seasons. I'll go over the Wheel in future posts, but for now, let's talk about "Mabon" and the reason for the season.

There are three "harvest" festivals celebrated after the Summer Solstice. The first harvest festival is Lughnasadh, the second is Mabon, and the third is Samhain. By Mabon, we have once again arrived at that point where the day and night are equal in length. The light is fading, and we are getting to the darker part of the year.

Mabon is sometimes referred to as the "Witch's Thanksgiving," and rightly so! As we head more and more into Fall, more of the seeds that were planted in Spring are being harvested. Pumpkins and other Gourds are ready to collect, and we offer thanks for the bounty we are given by our efforts earlier in the year.

Just as with the physical, we can also take this time to reflect on the abundance within our spiritual and emotional and mental lives. This is a wonderful opportunity for gratitude meditations and rituals!

All in all, Mabon and the Autumnal Equinox offer us a chance to give thanks and share in our bounty with those around us. Happy Mabon!

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