Mabon – also known as the Fall Equinox – falls around September 21st each year (the date can vary depending on the year, but the equinox or the “first day of autumn” is marked on most calendars). It is one of two times in the year when the day and night are of equal length. Once the fall equinox passes, the nights will be longer than the days until we reach the spring equinox.
This is the second harvest and a busy time as the last of the crops are retrieved from the fields and prepared for winter.
This is “Pagan Thanksgiving” when we take time to give full thanks and appreciation for all that we have. We take stock of those things that have manifested in our lives and finish the business of weaving them into our lives.
It is a time for leaving behind those things that are no longer useful to us and taking with us those things that lend to the sustaining of life.
The God is at his lowest ebb and prepares to leave this world and be renewed in the womb of the Mother. Persephone prepares for or begins her journey to meet with Hades in the underworld where she will spend the winter months.