Mabon or the Autumnal Equinox falls on or around 21st September and is the time of year that day and night are of equal length. It also marks the second of the three harvest festivals where we give thanks to the Lord and Lady for the bounty of produce that has been given to us. This is the time of year that the days get cooler and that the leaves on the trees start to turn into glorious reds, golds and oranges. It is a time of reflection and a time to think about harvesting from the wild hedgerow to make jams, jellies and chutneys.
This is the time we decorate our altars with the bounty that mother earth has given us, I will be decorating mine with hazel nuts and rowan berries as they grow in plenty where I live. Good Mabon activities include making wine, elderberry in particular, if the elderberries are ready for picking, havesting and drying herbs, harvesting seeds, walking in the woods and observing the changes and leaving an offering of thanks. This is my prayor of honouring to Mabon.
Day and night become the same
and now the sun begins to wane
I honor the harvest you have sent this year
into my heart I hold you dear
as the leaves turn colour and fall
I hear the silence and peace of darkness call