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Mabon: Fall Equinox

From Llewellyn’s Sabbats Almanac

Mabon, or the fall equinox, marks the second of the three Harvest festivals. Fruit, squash, and more are collected and celebrated, particularly grapes which are made into wine. This sabbat is sometimes referred to as the Pagan Thanksgiving. 

Mabon is a time to consider what you live gained throughout the year and what you need to let go of. 

Traditionally, Mabon activities center on gratitude, sharing, and showing appreciation. Sometimes a sacrifice can be made in the form of charitable acts or donating to good causes as an expression of gratitude.

On Mabon, day and night are of equal length. This parallel state of light and dark is an example of perfect balance lasting only 24 hours. It said that on this day all oppositional forces hang in perfect balance for a moment;: the god and goddess have equal power, good and evil have equal influence, and life and death are simultaneously acknowledged. 

After this the days will shorten bit by bit as the season of Darkness takes over. In this way, Mabon is an occasion for transformation and change, acting as a gateway between two states of being as your spirit symbolically moves from light to dark or day to night. 

While Mabon is seen as a time of perfect balance, it also heralds change. Darkness may seem like a place of nothingness, but it’s simultaneously a place where anything and everything could happen. unlimited potential is just waiting for you to find it.

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