|Autumn by Alphonse Mucha|
We are Pleasant Gehman and Crystal Ravenwolf, a duo of divination divas, “spiritual sisters from another mister”. We’re life-long Tarotistas, obsessed with all things esoteric and paranormal. We’ve created this blog to share our knowledge and to connect with the vibrant worldwide metaphysical community.
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The early autumn sunlight is warm on our shoulders, but there’s a subtle crackle in the air telling us that change is coming. The leaves on the trees are still green, just barely begging to turn. Mornings are slightly cooler; the evenings creep in just a little bit earlier. If you have kids, they’re back in school, already excited about Halloween because every store is crammed full of spooky décor and sweet pumpkin, ghost and skull shaped treats. Suddenly, witches and black cats are everywhere.
Pagans celebrate Autumn Equinox, also known as the Lesser Sabbath Mabon, all over the world. This year it falls on September 23, 2015.
Legend has it that on the morning of Mabon, the Goddess Persephone readies herself for the journey back to Hades. Mabon is a special time because day and night share nearly equal hours, signifying balance as the sunlight begin to wane. Historically the fields were ready for the last harvest that carried and sustained us through the barren winter. Typically, this Sabbath was celebrated with a feast from the summer’s last bounty, and by making offerings to the Goddess Demeter to show gratitude for nature’s generosity.
Now, most of us live in a world where you can simply visit the grocery store to buy your organic produce… as opposed to toiling in the fields, but we still like to honor the old ways. We hold dinners with loved ones to celebrate Mabon, which in our houses turns out to be as much of a to-do as Thanksgiving…though thankfully minus the din of a televised football game! Our tables are always decorated with small gifts that our guests have brought to the Goddess, symbols of the love and gratitude we have for her. We like having each person at the table take turns sharing about things they’re grateful for, which is a fun way to a fun way of teaching the kiddies to be thankful for the many blessings we have in our lives.
Many Pagans make special Mabon altars, decorated with squash, ears of corn, small bundles of wheat, colorful leaves and other natural items or talismans associated with harvest time or autumn. Since we are all about preserving traditions and rituals, we love to make our own gorgeous Mabon altars…but since we are super-sparkly glam-witch gals, our altars tend to include a lot of fall-centric bling-bling in addition to the traditional harvest theme…your altar, of course can reflect your own taste.
Balance is also an extremely important aspect of Mabon, and the period before, during and after around the Equinox is fantastic for self- examination and assessment. Look closely at your life; see if it were in harmony or if are there areas you’d like to work on. Ask yourself if you are allowing yourself to receive as much as you give, or if you’re giving as much attention to your inner self and family as you do to the outside world. Meditation is terrific of course, but we swear by journaling. Writing your thoughts down is a great way – and a more concrete way –of manifesting what you want in your life. It’s almost magickal in itself; once something is written with intention, it seems to manifest that much easier. Once you’ve written out your thoughts, you’ll be able to see the areas of your life that need more attention, and it will be simple for you to make the necessary adjustments.
With the nights lengthening, this is also a great time to start new projects, as it will give you something to do when the weather turns cold and we spend more time indoors…Perhaps begin that new book you have been wanting to read (or write!) take a language, dance or art class, and experiment with learning any new skill. The possibilities are endless when you give yourself permission to dream.
However you decide to spend Mabon and celebrate the Autumn Equinox, may it be filled with love and bright blessings!
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