The Autumnal Equinox, or Mabon as it is called by some, is near. This marks another point of balanced light and dark. Opposite of the Spring Equinox, the scale now tips from light to dark offering support as we move into deeper introspection. This second of three “harvest” Sabbats in the Wheel of the Year is symbolized on my altar by a small vessel of salt water representing the tears of the Goddess, and a single shaft of wheat.
In my personal practice, this time of the year which I call the “autumn days” is the most challenging and yet…always the most rewarding if I enter in perfect love and perfect trust. I have learned with time that the more gracefully I surrender to the eye of the Dark Goddess who is very present in this season, the more authentic the evolution I experience.
It seems that for many this has been a year filled with tremendous change and upheaval. I know that is true for me. Because I hold a core belief that I am not a victim of experiences but a co-creator, the Wheel of the Year offers me the precise tools to move through even the deepest pain fully supported by the Goddess in Her many manifestations. The changing seasons and elemental energies are also present in right timing and degree prompting the next step as the Wheel turns.
As I surrender to the embrace of the season’s energies I feel the safety to sort the wheat from the chaff and prepare to release the pain and attachments that no longer serve. I also prepare to humbly take in and honor all that I choose to retain.
The grains of wheat that are the lessons of this life are either held within to become an aspect of my offering to Soul and Goddess…or are lessons to be acknowledged and released to the field. Her salt tears wash away, or soothe and settle, as She wills. And yet, my own will is required to look deeply and honestly, determining where my thoughts and actions have not been in alignment with my life purpose or personal integrity. My human eye is open and, through it, I may be able to see as She would with compassion and strength.
From a place of awe and reverence I am so grateful for the guidance of Nature who reminds me that there is a season to all things. I am seldom caught completely by surprise when this time of the year comes ‘round…and I have some big emotional work to do.
At Mabon the scale slowly tilts toward deeper introspection and BEing. Allow the Goddess of the autumn days to be with you as you sort what is to keep from what is to be released. And know if your salt tears flow…Hers are found therein.