We welcome Autumnal Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere, when the Sun reaches 0º Libra. Equinox means "equal night" and this is a time when the Light and Dark are in balance. After this moment of balanced light and dark, the darkness will begin to wax and we move into the dark half of the year, the Dreamtime. It is in the darkness, the womb, where we are nourished and cooked. We release the past and weave our dreams and intentions. The Dark Goddess now reigns. The Mother Goddess becomes the Crone.

We hold within us both the beautiful darkness and the light, the asuras and the devas. When we honor both without suppression or condemnation, a great healing can occur and our Truest Nature begins to stir and climb out of dormancy. When we welcome ourselves, our wholeness, we invite an intimacy with evolution and reclamation of what has been lost.

The Sun leaves orderly and analytical Virgo for balance-seeking Libra at 6:54pm CA time on September 22. Mabon is Pagan Thanksgiving, a mid-harvest celebratory day in the Wheel of the Year. It is a time to give thanks, offer gratitude for our blessings, for the fruits of our labor, for the abundance of the harvest both literally and figuratively. To mark the occasion, you could update your season altar, bake bread and make homemade soup with veggies from the garden, light a fire and make offerings, journal about your gratitude and dreams, and spend time observing the subtle shifts in the air, taking in the energy at this threshold.

Libra is represented by weighing scales and longs to find balance and justice in all areas of life. Libra is also concerned with relationships of all kinds and finding ways to be in alignment with love, relating, connecting, and our own desires. This season is a good time to reflect on where you've gotten off track, out of alignment with your deepest desires. You can readjust and realign in all areas, especially your relationships. Reflect deeply on lessons learned, acknowledging loss and betrayal as well as triumphs and victories. Contemplate the beginnings and endings and re-beginnings of all things in life. Articulate a ritual that will invoke and manifest the dreams hidden inside your heart, seeking balance and equanimity while honoring the radical upheavals inherent in a householder sadhana life. Remember your roots and your center.

Mercury moved into Libra on just a day before the Sun entered, and both make an opposition to Chiron (in Aries), providing a backdrop for hidden or repressed pain to be dealt with and old wounds to heal. And on September 24 we’ll have a Full Moon in Aries heightening these vibes (7:52pm PDT). Chiron will leave Aries and move into Pisces the next evening, September 25.

Invoke and activate harmony in your own being and build it into your life.

(Parts of this post were taken from a post from 2014).

Mabon Spirits. image found on Pinterest.