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To most, the Autumn Equinox may not mean anything unless you’re a farmer, pagan, or newly self-identified witch. So, allow me to introduce you to the time of year that is not just pumpkin spice everything and fall-themed craft brews. It is the perfect day to bring your life into harmony with all that brings you goodness.
During the Autumn Equinox, day and night are balanced. Equinox is from the Latin word aequus, which means “equal,” and “nox” means night. So today, the 21st of September, 2022, our night and day are equal in length. It’s like magick, or science.
If you are of the witchy sort, this isn’t just about 12 & 12, the Autumn Equinox is a Witch’s Thanksgiving, also known as Mabon. It is a day to give thanks for what the year has shown us, the blessings we have (even the ones in disguise), and celebrate the turning of the Wheel of the Year.
The first story I published on Medium, Season of the Witch, was my way of quietly tiptoeing out of the broom closet. And over the past three years, my life has changed dramatically. Today, I will give a shit ton of thanks to the gods and goddesses for encouraging me to let my lady balls drop, do an about-face, and head toward a much brighter and happier future.
I am inviting you to hop on the Mabon pole and grind your way to a grateful harvest.
Mabon is part of three harvests that live on the Wheel of the Year. The first is Spring Equinox (Ostara), the second is Autumn Equinox (Mabon), and the third is Halloween (Samhain).
The balance of day and night inspires reflection and encourages manifestation. It is a day to celebrate all that we have experienced; in other words, give thanks to the bounty that has been harvested after a year of seed sewing and crop nurturing.
Today, take a pause, think about where you are, how you got there, and where you want to go. Welcome the transition that nature is showing us as it prepares for the changing seasons and follows the lead. Nature is good at leading by example.
Today is a good day for some self-care. Make a cup of Mabon tea, put your phone down for a 20-minute walk, draw the perfect bath, and take a few moments to journal the things you have been working through or just come out of with gratitude. Keep reminding yourself that today is perfectly balanced. Day and night are equal. Light and dark are in harmony. Love and be grateful for ALL of you
Explore your inner kitchen witch with this simple celebratory tea. Tasty and easy, like a Sunday morning, on a Wednesday evening.
Grab your favorite black tea, or even a rooibos would work perfectly, light up your cauldron, and steep with the following:
- The peel of a sweet red apple
- 1 Cinnamon stick
- A few drops of vanilla extract or a tablespoon of local honey
Whisper with conviction and sincerity, “Thank you for the blessings in my life, those I live with today, and those that have yet to be revealed. Blessed Be.” Then sip on that self-love potion and feel your heart warm and your breath deepen.
Mabon in the Tub
Dearly beloved, let’s soak. There is nothing like some me-time in water. Some magickal conjuring can be done whilst submerged. So grab your favorite bath salt blend, or open your essential oils goody box and take a little journey to the land of water relaxation.
I suggest the following to begin your Thanksgiving Soak Ritual:
- ½ cup of Epsom Salts
- ½ cup of Coarse Sea Salt
- 3 Chamomille Teabags – open them up and dump for a proper person steep
- A “few” drops of any or all of the following essential oils:
- Frankincense oil
- Myrrh oil
- Calendula oil
- Sweet Orange oil
Before you submerge your gorgeous self, light a candle or six and say with conviction and sincerity, “Thank you for the lessons learned and abundance received. Blessed be.”
If you don’t have a tub, don’t fret! Just mix the above in a bowl and give yourself a gentle little scrub under the shower of warm, healing waters.
On the Page
A lovely way to end your Mabon celebration is to journal the day’s thoughts, feelings, or reflections and get specific on your hopes and dreams. I find that the more specific you are, whether for your blessings or your dreams, the clearer life’s moments become.
Feel free to use any of these journal/writing prompts to help you find the words you want to express.
- The best part of yesterday was…
- Today was wonderful because…
- I am happy that I am able to…
- I can’t wait to/for…
- I love…. (include yourself in that sentence!)
As Above, So Below, and All That
There you have it, the abbreviated version of the day that any witch who’s any witch is talking about, cooking for, or having a private dance party celebration for. And even if you don’t buy into the Pagan hoopla and are just super excited that your favorite autumn pumpkin candle is now available, that’s totally fine – we are just saying today is a good day to be thankful for your three-wick joy. And maybe tip your barista a little extra when they make that cute little heart on top of your pumpkin spice latte.
And in the spirit of all things Druid, I thank you for reading.