Saturday, September 22, 2018

Celebrating Mabon, The Autumn Equinox

Happy Autumn Equinox and Mabon. 

We have said goodbye to summer as we prepare for the cooler nights ahead. The sun is now in direct line with the equator and we see equal balance between dark and light.For us in the Northern Hemisphere we are welcoming The Autumn Equinox as Our Polarity, The Southern Hemisphere embraces Spring. Lammas, or the First Harvest, has made its turn around the wheel and we enter the next phase; The Autumn Equinox, or Mabon. As the sun and moon come into perfect equal balance with the earth we see the nights get longer and the days get shorter. Which reminds us to slow down and find that perfect balance within ourselves and our lives before we are met with the winter darkness. The Equinox is optimal time to clarify our intentions, focus on aligning our soul to it's purpose and settle down into our truth. We just spent August in Lammas, with the First, Grain Harvest - a time for gathering and giving thanks to abundance. We spent time baking from grains, seeds, and making breads. Now we move into the second harvest, a time to gather fruits like grapes, apples, and various berries. We will be spending the next several months more at home with our loved ones and so we want to collect things that will aide is in our long nights ahead once the winter season comes. Continue to honor Lammas as you bake - working with wheat, rye, flour, and seeds. Mix in to Honor Mabon, as you create foods with fresh fruits: Cherry Pie, Apple Pie, Banana Nut Bread, etc. Incorporate colors like green, orange, yellow, red, and brown into your meals and your seasonal decor as a way to honor this change of season. 

Connecting to Mabon through Meditation
As we take this time to dig deeper; Mabon, The Autumn Equinox, is a time  of rest and reflection. As the sun slows down, so do we. Take this time to face any consequences of any negative actions you may have took during the months before. Once you've come to a place of acceptance, it is time to meditate on moving forward. Just as we have in moons past, it is time to let go of all the things that no longer serve to a higher purpose in your life; this is the time to leave behind anything you don't want to bring into the next year. With Mabon, we also look at the intentions we have set before us and we move into action to manifest them into our physical world. Before we can manifest our set intentions, we must first find our balance by grounding ourselves. This is the time to activate and get in touch with our ROOT CHAKRA, which aligns with the color Red, a color that Mabon connects with as well. Aligning with our Root Chakra can be done with meditation where we are sitting or laying down - but during Mabon, we tend to find ourselves outside in nature taking in the beauty of the seasons color. Take your meditation outside and find a place outside in nature where you can dig your feet into our Mother Earths soil. The Root Chakra, or Muladhara, is our bodies most fundamental source of energy as it sits at the base of our spine, near the groin area, our main support system for holding us up. It is our Chakra closest to the ground which makes it a perfect chakra to use in a grounding technique. 

With toes in the dirt, or if you choose an inside setting, connect yourself with a Crystal that is intertwined with the Root Chakra. Before you do, don't forget to cleanse your Crystal to rid of lingering negative energy. Cold water, Palo Santos, or Sage will do. Once you are ready either lie down or if outside, place feet in the soil. Red Jasper, is the primal choice as its red in color. Red Jasper also promotes grounding, stability, and emotional balance. Another great crystal to use is Smokey Quartz (One of my personal favorites). Not only will Smokey Quartz help ward off any negative energy, but it will also help you connect to yourself as you let go of anything that no longer serves purpose to you. If working outside with your toes in the dirt, You can place your Crystal(s) on one foot, or if you are working with two, which would be better, place one crystal on each foot. If you wish to hold your Crystals instead that is okay. If you are inside and laying down for your meditation, you can place your stone(s) close to the base of your spine or on your legs themselves. Breathe in and let your mind begin to settle. It may wander for a few minutes and that's okay. Find your way back to center and breathe in a cycle of air. Start off by expressing Gratitude. By showing Gratitude for the things you have, you are doing a multitude of things. 

You are telling yourself:

 "I have all I need at this exact moment. I am blessed with all that I have."  

You are telling the universe: 

"Thank You for all you have brought into my life." 

and you are telling this new season, Mabon, "I am grateful for all the fruits you've harvest to keep me full and energized." -- Gratitude will also help you connect more with your intentions as a confirmation to the universe that you are ready to take on the New. Once you've shown gratitude, sit with your breath. This isn't the time to think or go through anything sitting in your mind. This is a time to gain clarity and balance. Mabon is all about balance so allow yourself to celebrate the energy around you and in you. This meditation doesn't have to last long, just enough for you to feel grounded, connected, and grateful. 

Welcome, Sweet Mabon, I embrace this mid-harvest with open arms, an open spirit, a grounded mind, and a balanced heart. I cannot wait to give thanks, to spend time with my loved ones, bake and honor this harvest season, and to find balance within my true self. Get outside and be one with the beautiful colors that Autumn has to offer us. Give Thanks and set the intention to honor yourself and the wonderful blessings Mabon brings. Merry Meet, My Loving Friends.

Tomorrow is all about LIBRA, where we discuss more in detail how to find balance in our lives here in this Autumn Equinox. Libra and The Fall Season merge together at the perfect timing..So Stay Tuned... 

Love Yourself, Love Other People, Love, Love, Love!

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