Friday, September 21, 2007

Happy Mabon

Is it already time for the Autumnal Equinox again? The Autumnal (or "Fall") Equinox (called in some spiritual traditions "Mabon") is when day and night are equally divided. Earth-based spiritualities use the Second Harvest, religious Mysteries, and symbols of Equality and Balance to represent this sacred moment of seasonal change.
Those who incorporate the changing seasons and cycles of Nature into their worship will pause sometime this weekend to contemplate the darker, cooler time of the year. They will give thanks for the waning Summer sunlight and express gladness to know that it will faithfully return. They will not only acknowledge the fading light, but they will also embrace the sacred dark that Fall and Winter will bring.
Druids would make offerings of wine or cider or fertilizer to the trees in honor of "The Green Man" (the spirit of the forests). Traditions that lift up the Feminine qualities of the Divine will celebrate the myth of the aging goddess and her divine consort as he prepares for death and rebirth.
Most of us may have had no plans to celebrate Mabon in any sort of way. But in our moments of quiet meditation today or tomorrow or Sunday, let's reflect on the Autumnal Equinox. Let's focus on equality (we still need it!). Let's focus on balance (an image for healing). Let's focus on abundance. Let's focus on the rhythms of life in which we “live and move and have our being”!
Our mythologies may not include an aging goddess and our rituals may not include offering libations to trees (or, maybe they do...different strokes, eh?), but we all live in a world that is supported by the rhythms and seasons of life. Let's use this change of seasons to remember that we are spiritual beings living in a spiritual universe that is governed by spiritual laws. As we intentionally participate in the divine flow of life, our experience of life is more balanced and therefore more blessed. Happy Mabon!


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