Mabon - Some thoughts

Mabon seems to be one of those celebrations that doesn't get quite the exposure it deserves. Of course, with Samhain following close on its heels, Mabon is often overshadowed by thoughts of the Halloween time. However, it is a magnificent time to honor Nature and Her gifts.

Mabon is a harvest festival, the second of three, that encourages pagans to "reap what they sow, " both literally and figuratively. It is the time when night and day stand equal in duration; thus is it a time to express gratitude, complete projects and honor a moment of balance.

The holiday is named after the Welsh God, Mabon, son of Earth Mother goddess Modron.

This is the time to look back not just on the past year, but also your life, and to plan for the future. In the rhythm of the year, Mabon is a time of rest and celebration, after the hard work of gathering the crops. Warm autumn days are followed by chilly nights, as the Old Sun God returns to the embrace of the Goddess.

Depending on your individual spiritual path, there are many different ways you can celebrate Mabon, but typically the focus is on either the second harvest aspect or the balance between light and dark. This, after all, is the time when there is an equal amount of day and night. While we celebrate the gifts of the earth, we also accept that the soil is dying. We have food to eat, but the crops are brown and going dormant. Warmth is behind us, cold lies ahead.

Celebrate all that Nature has given us as we prepare for the cooler nights and days ahead.