Friday, August 7, 2020

Fall Equinox / Mabon: September 22nd, 2020


The fall equinox is a scientifically observable event of relatively equal duration of day and night. On the Wheel of the Year, it's called Mabon.  Historically, Mabon didn't exist until the 1970's when it was coined by Aiden Kelly, an influential figure and writer who has been associated with Golden Dawn, Wicca, Feri Trad and more.  Kelly drew from records made by English monk Bede, but it's questionable if Mabon truly existed or, if it did, how widespread the celebration was. The closest historical holiday to this time is Harvest Time, but it wasn't celebrated as an equinox holiday.  Rather, it was a feasting holiday separate from the equinox itself.  It's that tradition that carries over into today's celebrations.

When originally celebrated on the Wheel of the Year, this equinox was seen as s the "middle" of fall.  However, the Farmer's Almanac and the standard calendar list it was the beginning.  Typically, this is a big more congruent with the weather as most areas are still experiencing summer-like temperatures and trees haven't even begun to change. From here, the days definitely begin to get cooler and the trees actually start to turn.

The Autumn Equinox is the second time of balance on the Wheel.  Marking equal day and night, we once again get to look at our lives and see what we need to find a comfortable balance.  In addition, this equinox is a day of feasting and gratitude, a tradition carried from the aforementioned Harvest Time.  This is the second harvest festival and thus food is still plenty.  Mabon gives us the opportunity to share our plenty with others, offer our table to those in need, and give thanks for the abundance in our lives.  Sound familiar?  It's no wonder it's called the pagan Thanksgiving!

This year's Fall Equinox occurs scientifically on Tuesday, September 22nd, 2020 at 8:31 AM CST.  Every year it shifts slightly, so I would suggest checking Archaeoastronomy.com if you're coming to this article after 2020.

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2 comments:

  1. Thank you for the great ideas! I'm so thankfull that you continue your blog! Many blessings to you! Your constant friend in Texas! :-) - Steph

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  2. Hi Marietta, thank you for sharing the history behind this festival.

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