Mabon is the 2nd Harvest.
A letter from Julia Martin, owner of theflyingcat.net
Mabon is Fall Equinox. This is a liminal time, a time of in-between. It is our second day of the year where we have equal light and dark. You surely notice the sun going down earlier and it’s time to prepare our homes if we haven’t already for nesting and inner work.
This is the time to wrap up projects and bear down on making medicines for the winter. From Mabon to Samhain we’ll see the shifts in color, our “second spring,” many flowers may even bloom again as temperatures cool to that similar to Spring. As things shift outside of us, of course they are also shifting inside of us.
This is a good time to take a look at grief work and prepare for ancestral healing if you are feeling called to do this work. During Samhain we honor our ancestors in a big way, but at this time, we can start the process of working with the threshold that is just now beginning to open.
If you are very sensitive or work outdoors, you can see the shifts and feel these small or big stirrings inside you now. We are different people in different seasons, let’s make some space inside and all around us for who we are becoming.
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Wheel of the Year
Our design of the Wheel is the Solar Calendar on the outside featuring the cross holidays and the cross-quarter holidays. Inside the wheel is the Lunar Cycle with special events denoted like blue moons, black moons, annular, partial and total eclipses and special overlaps in the lunar and solar calendars.
Traditionally the Wheel is a Celtic solar calendar followed by those who once lived close to the land. It was a way to measure life; celebration, harvest and the harsh cold time of the year, a way to “keep track of time by paying attention to the relationship between the Sun and the Earth. The “New Year” starts at Samhain, contrary to our typical Gregorian calendar which begins after Yule.