The first blog I wrote was about how we should change the current calendar to reflect the natural cycle. Our holidays mark past religious and political events, but none of them recognize the cosmic transitions we pass through four times a year.
This was not true in ancient times. Olden cultures noted astronomical events with celebrations. Today, the autumnal equinox, is a day to party, but most people don’t think of it as a holiday.
To the Celts, it was a harvest festival called Mabon, a time to give thanks for the bounty of summer. It is also a time to reflect on our good fortune.
The Celts divided the year into light and dark halves, and this is the day we move into the dark part, when darkness exceeds the light. All creatures, plant and animal, begin in darkness and grow into the light. Light and dark represent many aspects of our lives, good and evil, knowing and unknown, life and death.
According to Celtic Oracle, Mabon is a time “for seeing the positive side of what you have, and for identifying those aspects that could have germinating potential for future personal development.”
Here’s how you should celebrate Mabon, according to the Celtic Oracle.
-Begin some form of study or other home pursuit.
-Complete repairs to buildings or anything else that will be needed during the winter.
-Enjoy indoor activities, such as storytelling, making music and feasting.