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Mabon & Libra Season

Thursday, September 22nd is Mabon. One of the eight ancient pagan solar observances, Mabon is a powerful time of transition, gateway, and change.

Also called the Autumnal Equinox, Mabon is the threshold between summer and fall, as well as between the sign of Virgo and that of Libra. As is clear by the name, this is the time where the length of the day is equal to that of the night, marking the coming of the dark months of the year and, of course, of winter.

It is considered the time of “second harvest” as our agrarian ancestors would often consider this harvest indicative of whether this year’s crops were successful and therefore, if there would be enough to last the winter. It is a time of giving thanks for the bounty and fullness of what has been provided.

At the same time, it is a moment of acknowledging and honoring the inevitability of what is to come: winter. At this place of balance in the Wheel of the Year, we can step back and recognize just how far we’ve come, how hard we’ve worked, how much we’ve created. And while winter is coming, it’s not here yet - so we can revel in the beauty and gratitude that is Libra season.

And this is precisely what Libra season is all about: balance, grace, appreciation. While the Sun moves through this sign, we are likely to find ourselves turned outwards towards others – especially our partners – and to desire to be surrounded by beauty, in all its forms. I’m reminded of how much women love the fall “aesthetic” - this is Libra vibes at their finest!

We will want our homes to be more pleasing, our clothes to be more in style and flattering. We may light sweet-smelling candles or change up our hairstyle. We may find ourselves being more agreeable and willing to compromise with those around us.

One of the downfalls, however, of Libra season is when we tend to look through rose-colored glasses at only the surface of things. While beauty, grace, appreciation and diplomacy are wonderful, we have to ask - at what cost? Be wary of being so amenable that we lose our sense of self, or focusing so much on appearance and kindness that we forget to look at the invisible things, like integrity and drive. And we have to be careful not to overload our social calendars, which is definitely a potential this month!

Ultimately, Libra season can be a beautiful time of collaboration, cooperation, and celebration. Take a moment on Thursday to honor Mabon and the Autumnal Equinox with some warm-spiced cider or a feast with some friends, or even a shopping trip for some new threads. Embrace the beauty and peace of this time as much as possible. Because after all - winter is coming!


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