The autumn equinox in the Northern Hemisphere falls on September 22 or 23 each year, while in the Southern Hemisphere, it occurs on March 20 or 21. The precise time of year varies depending on the Earth’s tilt and orbit around the sun. On the day of an equinox, sunlight shines directly on the equator, and there are nearly equal amounts of daylight and darkness at all latitudes. The autumnal equinox is upon us, and a time of change comes with it. It is a time of harvest, thanksgiving, and of reflection. As the days lose their light, the leaves begin to wither, and the air carries a crispness.
There’s also a spiritual significance during the time of the autumn equinox. For many cultures, it marks the end of summer and the beginning of winter. It is a time when the veil between the worlds is thin, and we can commune with our ancestors and forces beyond our understanding. It is a time to give thanks for all we have been given and ask for guidance in the coming months. We can use this time to connect with nature, slow down and appreciate all that surrounds us. We can let go of what no longer serves us and make space for what does.
The Mabon Sabbat takes place on September 23. Mabon is named after a Welsh God, associated with his connection to the Earth Mother Goddess. This is a time of thanksgiving and a second harvest. It is also a time to celebrate the fruits of our labor and to be grateful for what we have. At this time of year, the days and nights are of equal length, and there is a balance between light and dark.
The autumn equinox or Mabon Sabbat is a time to reflect on our own lives and see where we can make changes for the better. We can use this time to let go of negative habits and behaviors that no longer serve us. Mabon is also a time to celebrate the changing seasons and all that autumn offers. A common tradition for Mabon is to pick apples, as they are considered a second harvest crop, harvested during the autumn months. Celebrate this sabbat by spending time with friends, creating methods with in-season foods, and thank Mabon and the Earth Mother Goddess for the abundance of the past year. Go out and pick some apples; orchids are often open and accessible during this time.
Making an Autumn Altar
You can also set up an altar, using items such as an offering bowl to fill with apples, grapes, and other harvested food, pillar candles, and a journal. Use the equinox to acknowledge all of the gratitude and appreciation within your life, sit with these feelings, and carry them with you throughout the rest of the year. From the cool weather and beautiful leaves to pumpkin spice everything, there is much to enjoy about this time of year. So take some time to slow down, reflect, give thanks, and enjoy all that autumn offers!