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Mabon - The Autumnal Equinox

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Mabon (generally pronounced MAY-bone), also more traditionally known as the Autumn Equinox, is one of the Lesser Wiccan Sabbats and is usually celebrated around September 23rd, though it can occur as early as the 20th, depending on the timing of the actual Astrological event.

<b>The Autumn Equinox,</b> like the Spring Equinox, divides day and night equally. However during Autumn, as opposed to Spring, when the opposite occurs, we begin to see the waning of the Sun more obviously now as the days continue to grow shorter until the Wheel of the Year spins around again to Yule. It is important to note that our friends in the Southern Hemisphere will be welcoming the Spring at this time, celebrating Ostara.

The symbolism of Mabon is that of the Second Harvest, the Mysteries, Equality and Balance - when day and night are equal. Symbols to represent the Mabon Sabbat are such things as grapes, wine, vines, garland, gourds, pine cones, acorns, wheat, dried leaves, burial cairns, rattles, Indian corn, Sun wheels, and horns of plenty. Altar decorations might include autumn leaves, acorns, pine cones, a pomegranate to symbolize Persephone's descent into the Underworld, and a small statue or figure to represent the Triple Goddess in Her Mother aspect.

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