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Celebrating the Autumnal Equinox

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Fall

 

True confession: Fall has always been my favorite time of year. I think it has to do with the fact that I’m a Fall Equinox (Mabon) baby. Yep, September 23rd marks my 40th birthday. Another year passing along with another season tends to make me self-reflective this time of year. It seems my journal always gets overused as my birthday approaches!

Mabon actually marks the second harvest festival of the year. While the early crops were harvested in August, September harvests the bounty of the slower growing crops like winter squash, carrots, and apples. This marks a perfect time to take stock of everything we’ve already harvested this year and plan for the coming Fall season.

In the Northern Hemisphere, Mabon actually falls (pun intended) on September 22nd, with the Sun entering Libra on the 23rd. What does this mean for you? For two days out of each year a year, we get the same amount of light as we do dark – in other words, the day and nights are equal lengths. This is called an equinox and is caused by the earth’s tilt at a right angle to the sun, and the sun being directly over the equator. If you're in the Northern hemisphere, this means that the days will get shorter and the nights will get longer – the reverse is true if you live in the Southern hemisphere.

Mabon also coincides with the Sun entering the balanced sign of Libra on September 23rd.  The hectic days of summer are over, the kids are back in school and you can finally breathe again! Now is a great time to seek balance in your life: honor your Inner Goddess and make some time for a little self-care.

Ways to Honor the Fall season:

  • Re-acquaint yourself with the stories of Persephone and Demeter
  • Have a Fall harvest party with your friends (think earlier version of Thanksgiving where you feature local produce just off the vine)
  • Go outside – notice the leaves. Are they changing colors yet? Are the temperatures getting cooler at night? Where is the moon and in what phase?
  • Have a Fall cleaning – we all know about Spring cleaning, but Fall is a great time to donate to charity all of those summer items the kids outgrew or will outgrow by the time Summer rolls around again. Put away your swimsuits and get out the gloves, hats, and coats. You’ll need them soon enough!
  • Sit down and make a gratitude list – what are you grateful for this year? What has happened in your life that opened doors or your eyes? What are you celebrating right now? There’s always something to be grateful for.

I plan to celebrate Fall (and my birthday) by taking the day off, getting a massage, doing a little painting, a whole lot of journaling, and whatever else I feel Called to do. How will you celebrate Fall this year?