The Autumnal Equinox (also called Mabon) is a harvest festival celebrating balance, the natural cycles of death and transition, and gathering the rewards of what we have sown during the year. It is a time when night and day stand in equal duration and in perfect equilibrium- dark and light, masculine and feminine, inner and outer- all in balance and in peace. Mabon stands on the very cusp of transition; so from today on, the year edges towards completion as the darkness defeats the light. The cycle of the natural world begins to come to an end and we are called upon to release what has passed with gratitude and acceptance.
This harvest includes giving thanks for the lessons that we have learned over the past year. Mabon’s symbolic call to thoughts of balance allow us to take the space we need to ponder what should be released over this next quarter as the leaves slowly fall from their branches and the touch of winter’s cold fingers grip the landscape.
Change is inevitable; find your own space to acknowledge and accept that which is no longer. Give thanks for all the blessings and lessons learned from the year and find joy in the cycle of nature that reminds of us our own divine natural experience and inevitable passing. Remember that life remains in this moment; what has passed is but an echo and the future is not guaranteed- embrace the present for peace and stability; hope and constancy.
Today, take time to meditate on the balance between light and shadow that lingers within you. Write a list of all that you are grateful for in your life now and that which you wish to release as the Wheel of Life turns towards endings and darkness. Remember that all things are impermanent and this impermanence gives way to freedom and change. Breath deeply and accept what has passed, what is passing and what will soon become.
peace and love,