| Mabon or Autumn Equinox falls on or near September 20th. This is the second of the three harvest festivals. The night is consuming the day and the Sun's Light is growing ever weaker. The fields of green are turning shades of brown & gold as we prepare for the second harvest of grapes, wheat, barley, corn, and rice. This is what I like to call the time of the Libation Festivals. It marks the time of fermentation of wine, ale, bier and liquors.
In many places wine & bier festivals are taking place. Some of my favorites are the Ocktober fest in Bavaria, Germany and the Garlic festival in Gilroy, California.
The mills are grinding flour, and the baker's are making bread and pastries.
Walnuts, Pecans, pistachios, chashews & Sunflower seeds should be stored away for the winter, if you don't believe me, just ask the squirrel.
There is an aroma filling the air, unique only to this time of year, the smell of decaying leaves & foilage and fallowing of the earth's soil, it is the smell of Autumn.
This also marks the time of the God's decent into the underworld is almost complete.
The goddess is ripe with pregnancy and her mourning for her consort
is reflected in the falling leaves, like the falling of her tears.
She rejoices in motherhood and prepares herself
for a time of reflection and new beginnings.
And the Wheel Turns Again.
|Autumn Equinox / Second Harvest|