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Mabon Meanings – Autumn Equinox Insights

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Morphing Into Mabon Meaning and  Autumn Equinox Illumination


This time of year, around September 21-22 offers an incredible opportunity for insight, transformation and personal development. Why? Because this time marks the ignition of the autumn equinox.

In my education of Nature, my mentor taught me about Mabon meaning. Mabon, or the fall – autumn equinox are one in the same. Mabon is just a different term for this seasonal transition.  Mabon is just an old European term for this equinox. But this point in time is known by many names in many cultures. Whether you call it the start of Fall, or Mabon, or Havest time, Fogamur, or that switched-on time of year when the leaves change…by any name…it’s a glorious time to celebrate a unique transition.

So what are some take-away points to Mabon meaning and this autumn equinox? Plenty! This is a great time to focus on big transitions in our lives.  Now is also the perfect time to fixate upon harvesting that which we have planted in the past.

Grab onto this present moment and consider what you have accomplished over the summer. What kinds of seeds have you planted in your life or the lives of others?  What have you contributed to your world? What you have sewn will be reaped during this time of year. The autumn equinox has a boomerang energy. Now is the time when karma kicks booty.  What has been done will come back to us this time of year.

This is true on an agricultural level, of course. It’s harvest time. We start to pull goodies from our gardens and relish the bounty we’ve received. The ancients had a special connection with this equinox because it is a time of extraordinary celebration for what the earth provides.

Okay, so maybe you don’t have a garden. Maybe your idea of harvest is opening up your freezer and shoving a Lean Cuisine in your microwave. That’s okay. You don’t have to be a tree-hugger to be in love with Mabon meaning and the profound impact of this autumn equinox.

Essentially, this is a time to embrace the challenges and changes life presents to you right now. This equinox marks the essential balance between light and dark. The sun begins to withdraw, and we perceive the light of the day becoming shorter. The earth and her relationship with the sun is shifting.  With our planet’s shift, we should be aware of ourselves shifting too.

Make a point of shifting into a place of celebrating the light available to you right now. Maybe that sounds contradictory. It’s not. This is a time of fading light, and increasing darkness. Relish the light you have now, but also contemplate the effect of shadows in life.  That may sound a little scary, but it’s really not when we approach the concept head-on.

Life on all levels is about balance.  This is a prime time to perch yourself on the precipice of light and dark and party hearty for the diverse opportunities nestled in this moment.

So how do we take full advantage of this special time of year?  Here are some tips…

How to Embrace Mabon Meaning and Autumn Equinox Essence

 

1). Get Your Shine On:
This is the a prime time to give yourself a high-five for all your accomplishments. Take inventory of your achievements and successes. Imagine the energy of Nature applauding you for how much you have grown, and the bounty you have received. But what if you’ve had a hard time? What if you’re struggling to jump and jive to the tune of your accomplished glory? That’s okay. I’m not suggesting you need an Emmy or a Pulitzer prize in your pocket. Sometimes we must reflect upon the simplest challenges we have faced. Maybe you potty trained your kid over the summer. Or perhaps you perfected a poached egg.  Your achievements don’t have to be legendary, they just have to be acknowledged.  By doing this, you set a tone of confidence as you move through the darker months of the year. And by doing this, you give yourself reassurance that you have the light to progress, advance, move forward and evolve no matter what.

2). Clean Your Clock and Take Stock:
You’ve heard of spring cleaning, but who says spring has to corner the market on clearing out the cobwebs? The autumn equinox is perfect when it comes to clearing out unwanted crud in our lives. Whether it’s getting rid of that pasta that expired two years ago, or getting rid of old emotional grudges…take stock of what you’ve been holding onto, and give it a big heave-ho!  The Universe has a funny way of rewarding us when we cleanse our lives – especially during special times of the year like now.  Clean out your house. Clean your heart. Clear your mind. This is the time to do it, and the results will be extremely rewarding.

3).  Stop, Drop and Roll:
You know that term when you’re on fire? Stop, drop and roll.  That’s kinda what the autumn equinox asks of us. Mabon meaning is all about being present in this revolutionary moment and giving ourselves the freedom to roll with whatever comes in our future. Maybe that means a time of withdrawal. This time might ask you to be a little selfish and indulge in your own personal space. That’s okay, because every self-investment you make moves into a beautiful momentum for your future. It may seem paradoxical to say be present while rolling with an unknown future. The point here is to don’t sweat tomorrow. Simply know tomorrow will take care of itself as long as you take care of this present moment. Sometimes you’ve got to experience the fire, sit on it, roll with it and extinguish it. By doing so, you come out renewed and rebirth. Kinda like a phoenix! Autumn is a time of light burning out, only to be reborn again.

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Symbols of Autumn Equinox

There are essential symbols associated with Mabon meaning and the autumn equinox.  In an effort to round out our understanding of this time of year, here are a few for contemplation…

♥   Ivy:  Consider this emerald gem. As trees begin to fade in the fall, the ivy clings tightly and remains evergreen. Autumn is a time of death and rebirth. Seeing the ivy thriving as an oak tree kisses summertime goodbye is a symbol of endurance and strength. Same holds true for you right now. Cling to whatever keeps you fresh and evergreen. Hold onto that which supports you and keeps you thriving.

♥   Scales: Or, more precisely, the sign of Libra.  This sign governs this time of year. Why? Because this is a phase of time that is all about transition – but superior balance. In life and in Nature, we are all walking a tight-rope. It is key we keep our balance in order to utilize this moment to our maximum potential.

♥   Swan: What? Yeah. The swan is a symbol of the autumn equinox (so is the goose) because it is an icon for ultimate transformation. From Celtic to Native American, the legend of the swan evokes lessons of growth, evolution and self-love. You know the story of the ugly duckling. If you can relate to that story, then let this time be a reminder you are not ugly…you are simply in transition. This time can shine a special light upon you that accentuates the beauty that resides within you. Spread your wings and relish the lovely being you are.

♥   Sun: Another irony, because the sun is fading this time of year. But it’s important to keep the home-fires burning within our heart. In fact, when light  fades, that’s the time we’ve got to turn up the voltage within us and crank up our internal amperage. No matter what you are faced with – you must remember you are made from light.  Therefore, if you invoke the light, you will be guided in life. Simple as that. You are a star – in fact, you are made from stars. You cannot deny your own light.  The only thing that thwarts your stellar presence is falling into the darkness. Do not go gently into the good night. Demand and command the light within and around you. You have infinite potential. Keep your light burning upon that potential within you!

I hope you enjoyed these observations about Mabon meaning and the loveliness of the autumn equinox. Check out the links below if you’re interested in more! As always, thank you for reading! I wish you all the very best equinox ever!

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Meaning of Today’s Holiday – April 2nd

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Today’s Holiday (April 2nd) is the “Carrying Away of Death” – a Pagan celebration

Today’s Holiday Meaning – April 2nd “Carrying Away of Death”




I adore this holiday.  It’s all about celebrating life, renewal and rebirth.  This is an ancient German celebration practiced by the Pagans. Now please don’t let the term ‘Pagan’ freak you out.  That word has been so maligned by media and religious zealots; the meaning has spun into a dark place.  What is the true meaning of Pagan?  It means ‘country folk.‘  That’s it.  Not as scary as some might have you believe.

But I digress.  Today’s holiday meaning celebrates the return of warmth, and the abatement of the cold.  The celebration is called “Carrying Away of Death.”  For Pagans, winter was symbolic of a time of darkness, and the return of spring meant the return of life from the grips of death.

The ritual of celebrating the Carrying Away of Death is symbolic and elegant.  The Pagans made little dolls made of straw.  These are symbolic of death and winter.  These little figurines also represented the challenges faced over the harsh months of intense cold.

After the straw figures were made, a tremendous bonfire was lit.  The bigger the fire the better!  Once the fire got stoked to a ferocious peak, the Pagans tossed their little straw effigies into the fire. It’s important to note, fire is symbolic of transformation, energy and inspiration. Tossing the dolls into the fire, it was believed, transformed energy from dark to light.

Essentially, this act abolished all the experiences, energies and spirits that plagued the people through the winter.  It was a symbolic act of saying goodbye to death and welcoming the return of life.  This ritual was a physical demonstration of annihilating unwanted evil and tribulation.  It was also a ritual of welcoming life, hope and the promise of warmer, better days to come.




Today's Holiday International Children's Book Day
Today’s Holiday (April 2nd) is International Children’s Book Day

Today’s Holiday Meaning – April 2nd “International Children’s Book Day”

Today’s holiday meaning advocates children reading books. It is also the birthday of Hans Christian Andersen.  He is most remembered by his enchanting fairy tales beloved by children all over the world.

This holiday was founded by The International Board on Books for Young People. Various countries celebrate  this day in different ways. In Greece, a common tradition is for children to draw pictures of characters from their favorite books.  In Denmark, there is a festival Hans Christian Andersen’s hometown.  There, his books are celebrated, and read aloud to children.  In parts of America, awards are given to children who have read the most books.  Awards are also given to notable authors of children’s books on this day.


In closing, I hope you enjoyed this article on today’s holiday meaning (April 2nd).  These two holiday’s are not the only ones occurring on this day – so do some research and see if you can find a perfect symbolic holiday that suits you!

The take-away point to this post, I think, is this:  This is a day to celebrate potential.  It is a day to embrace imagination.  This day resonates with the promise of hope and new adventure.  Why?  Because between the Pagan Carrying Away of Death, and the recognition of igniting children’s imagination with books – we have a strong combo for awesome, limitless possibilities!

As always, thank you for reading.  If you liked this post, feel free to check out these related posts:

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Heralding Spring in Vera’s Garden

Friend, mentor, teacher, compatriot.  I’m talking about Vera, a fellow “walker-in-the-woods” of life’s winding and wonderous paths.  I adore her perspective, and her writing.  You’ll see why in her guest post below.  Please warmly welcome Vera as she takes us on a journey through her garden gates, where wild things romp and wisdom hangs its hat on every blade of grass.

Vera's Garden

Vera is my chosen name, belonging to my grandmother, who lamented never having someone named for her. To remedy, I call myself after her…. besides we look so much alike! Imagine Hobbit hill woman, hands on hips, elbows out, hen-like, poking and scratching the ground, yep that’s me, with the pointy gnome hat, magical shoes with shiny buckles cobbled by industrious elves.

I’ve been invited  to guest blog ….. so here goes……

Morning’s these days are a riot of noise, coming from the bush outside my bedroom window. In gladness, birds sing up the sun and call forth the newly greening of the ground. Spring’s herald in my neck of the woods wears a robin’s red breast, the yellows and purples of April’s harlequin fool…(violets, crocus and daffodils are first to leave the gate) and the starry undeniable presence of the Orion over head in the early evening sky.

I’ve been blessed with my own little patch of earth to steward, and once again, it’s time to take stock of all the merry volunteers making their thrust toward the light. This is also the time to survey what was lost, as sometimes even with best efforts, some thing’s just don’t take. (oh no! Not the new roses….. Good thing the nursery has a one year guarantee!)

Tedious chores like tossing gravel back into the driveway that was shoveled into all manner of nooks and crannies of the yard and lawn from last winter’s snow management, or gently removing the odd chaff collected here and there demand attention. What shall I do with the tree limb that fell during a particularly vigorous wind?  Cut, stack and burn in some sacred fire when ready of course!

I’m struck by how many different shades of green there are. Dusty sage, kelley, chartreuse, teal and all manner of the afore mentioned variegation to name a few. I’m blown away by what’s already a foot high, tulip…dock…crown imperial. It’s like welcoming back old friends, and I’m so glad to reacquaint!

Tiny splashes of green do this magical Monet-like spotty appearance as seeds fulfill their promise, that take on familiar patterns and shapes, most are welcome, some not so much (may all your weeds be wildflowers!).

Where I’m from, most trees are still in stasis now, with the exception of the globe willows that now sport the faint blush of leafing out. That welcome green of living color grows stronger every day.

Sunlight feels different now, sweetly stronger, warming like a lover’s kiss as it teases in playful hide and seek behind clouds pushed about by winds that still have a bite.

I have an endearing nickname for pansies. I call them “smiling faces.”  They cheer even as they shiver in the breeze. This year I chose a wine-berry mix for the box by my door and yellows and red for the bowl by the street.

Heck, all blooms and blossoms to me have that effect…their beauty is their smile. Can you tell yet that out-of-doors is my element? That my personal hero was Tasha Tudor? That I’m partial to “flowery” language with a hint of tongue in cheek?

My prized possessions are perennial in nature like peaches, strawberries and apples, and the smell of roses or shade from my favorite tree on a hot day.  My constant companions are chickens and a couple dogs.

My heart’s desire are for wild things to drop by for a visit, like quail, cock-pheasant, martin and wren. Owls and hawks are welcome too, only if they behave themselves with peaceful intentions.

In closing, I am so pleased to meet you all through words. To those who may have been sent into a diabetic coma, I beg your pardon. I’m new at this. :)

Welcome to my garden, and kindly tread softly, living things grow below.

Light Junkies

No squinting.
No pinching back the light.

Only compulsion and
slack-bodied surrender.

Flame-singed wingtips
Corpuscles popping at hints of heat.

I know why.

Gossamer gold glimmers in luminous Light
We grope for it too with dumb fingertips.

Light sought by Moth methods,
pitching forward into the bones of Bridgette’s flames.

Propelled, following the language of fire tongues
and swallowed whole by Beltane’s bright folly.

Symbolic Meaning of Moths