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March 2015



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Happy Mabon!

I'm not sure what the right greeting should be for that, but it is the Autumnal Equinox, called Mabon in many contemporary Wiccan circles. Commonly celebrated as the first day of autumn, it is actually the second of the three harvest festivals and marks mid-autumn for the pagan calendar. I was able to work a couple of Mabon blessings into the church service this morning, borrowed heavily from "A Book of Pagan Rituals" and "The Spiral Dance." They were:

Now day and night are equal, in perfect balance, and we give thought to the balance and flow within our own lives. The Sun King has become the Lord of Shadows, sailing West: we follow Him into the dark. Life declines; the season of barrenness is on us, yet we give thanks for that which we have reaped and gathered. We meet to turn the Wheel and weave the cord of life that will sustain us through the dark.

Many things have happened in the past summer, and many more will come in the autumn and winter. We stand in this place on the Autumnal Equinox, also known as Mabon when the year balances between the dark and light times. As we light this candle, we look back and remember, look forward and plan, and we balance the dark and light in our lives.

Hope your fall is fine and that you have great success in balancing the light and the dark.
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Happy Autumn!
Happy Mabon to you, as well!

I've never had this brought to my awarness before - I wonder if it's coincidence or design that Yom Kippur falls so close to the Autumn Equinox? The Jewish calendar is lunar-based, with adjustments to make sure that seasonal holidays fall where they're intended and don't migrate around the year. I'll have to skim through a few old calendars to see if I can discern a pattern, or maybe ask the rabbi.
happy fall dear friend!