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The Autumnal Equinox

Yesterday was the Autumnal Equinox (also known as Mabon), or first day of Fall. Equinoxes play a big roll in witchcraft, paganism, and other esoteric aspects.

What is an Equinox?

There are two every year; Fall and Spring. This happens when the sun moves directly over the equator, causing the day and night to be the same length of time. It’s the middle point between Solstices, which happen in the Summer and Winter. Starting now, the nights will begin to grow longer, and the days shorter.

What does this mean?

Historically, our ancestors used this time for harvesting and to begin preparing for winter. But it had more significance than just that of survival. They celebrated with feasts, festivals, and rituals. To the ancient Greeks, the Fall Equinox marked the return of Persephone to the underworld, where she could be reunited with her husband, Hades. On a more spiritual note, the Equinox can represent the struggle between light and dark, life and death. It is a time for new beginnings, reflection, and growth.

How do Pagans celebrate?

Modern pagans celebrate in much of the same ways our ancestors did; Mabon is known as the “pagan thanksgiving” and many participants have feasts with seasonal foods (such as root vegetables, apples, mulled cider, and grapes.) Celtics might do a ritual to honor the Green Man, in which they pour tea and libations for the trees. Some people also make traditional decor, such as cornucopias.

Overall, the Equinox is a fun and beautiful time of year. If you’re new to nature based spiritualism, don’t feel overwhelmed or obligated to have a huge Mabon celebration! Something as simple as bringing some foliage from outside into your home is a great place to start. Happy Fall, Everybody!

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