Posted 17 September 2011, by Terry Smith, TheTownTalk (Gannett), thetowntalk.com
Mabon is considered a time of mysteries. As the counting of the Wheel of the Year winds down, it is a time when Pagans honor The Deities. We say ‘goodbye’ to the Green Man, as we reap the last of the crops in the Second Harvest. (The Last Harvest will be on Samhain, in October.) The ever-constant Goddess, in her three cyclical phases, now passes from The Mother to The Crone. Pagans see this time as a time of balance. It is a moment of equal light and dark, before the earth proceeds to a time of longer nights and shorter days.
We call this our thanksgiving, for the fruits of the earth, and a recognition of the need to share them to secure the blessings of the Goddess and the God during the winter months.
It is time to finish old business as we prepare, as the earth slows from the robust work of nature in the fields, and prepares itself for the quiet, sleeping winter months, and the spring to follow. It is when we stop and relax and enjoy the fruits of our personal harvests, whether they be from toiling in our gardens, working at our jobs, raising our families or just coping with the hustle and bustle of everyday life. It is a good time to prune your life of any non-essential activities, just as the apple trees shed their last ripe apples, gather your energies, as the trees draw back their sap into their trunks, and reflect on your season of growth and harvest. Some say this is best done over a fresh cup of coffee and a slice of apple pie!
Apples are a symbol of Mabon. Mabon, (the Autumnal Equinox) arrives Sept. 23.
May your Mabon be memorable, and your hearts and spirits be filled to overflowing!
Terry Smith is a Pagan living in Pineville.