Mabon is the time when day and night become equal as summer disappears, giving way to autumn and the winter months ahead. Yes it is the autumn equinox. This is the time of thanks giving for the rewards of the years harvest and sharing them with the ones that are less fortunate. It is also a time of sadness as the year winds down to it’s close at Samhain.
The Celebrations are usually about the divine child Mabon ap Modron (the son of the mother). It’s also a time to celebrate the Crone of the triple goddess and her consort the God, as he prepares for death and rebirth. It is a time of symbolic death in preparation for new birth as the Wicker Man, constructed to honor the last gathered sheaf, is sacrificed in representation of John Barleycorn, the eternal spirit of the fields.
Mabon is considered a time of the Mysteries. It is a time to honor Aging Deities and the Spirit World. Considered a time of balance, it is when we stop and relax and enjoy the fruits of our personal harvests, whether they be from toiling in our gardens, working at our jobs, raising our families, or just coping with the hussle and bussle of everyday life. May your Mabon be memorable, and your hearts and spirits be filled to overflowing!
The name for the festival of the Autumn Equinox in Druidry is Alban Elfed, which means ‘The Light of the Water’. The Wheel turns and the time of balance returns. Alban Elfed marks the balance of day and night before the darkness overtakes the light. It is also the time of the second harvest, usually of the fruit which has stayed on the trees and plants that have ripened under the summer sun. It is this final harvest which can take the central theme of the Alban Elfed ceremony – thanking the Earth, in her full abundance as Mother and Giver, for the great harvest, as Autumn begins.