Lovin' the Harvest with Mabon
Balance the Seasons
of Light and Dark
by Deborah Blake
If you take a good look at traditional Pagan rituals and holidays, you will see that many of them revolve around the necessities of survival. A good harvest season could make the difference between life and death, and so there are not one, or two, but three Pagan holidays designated as harvest festivals.
The first, Lammas, celebrates grain and the beginning of the harvest. The third, Samhain, is the last harvest festival, and as such can be somewhat bittersweet, as we brace ourselves for the darker half of the year. To me, the central one — Mabon, also known as the Autumn Equinox — is the most joyous of all. Observed on or around September 21st, Mabon is one of two days of the year when the darkness and the light are in perfect balance (the other being Ostara, the Spring Equinox). This holiday is the perfect time to take a good look at the balance — or lack of it — in your life.