Color of the day: Yellow
Incense of the day: Coriander
again the Sun’s path crosses the celestial equator, and the day and the
night are now again of equal length. On the Gregorian calendar this is
the first day of autumn, but on the modern Celtic calendar it is
midautumn. This holiday is more commonly known by its Welsh name Mabon.
Mabon means “divine youth.” It is the name of a mythic hunter hero
whose story is told at this time of year.
At the beginning of time, Mabon was born to the mother goddess Modron.
That we only know his mother and not his father attests to the
matriarchal lineage of the early Celts.
equinox marks the time when Mabon was three nights old and stolen from
his crib. For the next three months, the heroes Cai and Bedwyr will
search for him and ask all manner of birds and beasts for help. But,
according to legend, it is only the salmon who can give them direction.
On Yule, the heroes retrieve the divine child by freeing him from a prison in Gloucester.
Apollo, Mabon is a hunter with a bow and a musician with a harp. He is
a Sun god. Mabon represents the Sun that is waning in strength during
this quarter of the year and that will begin to return only after the
The waning of the light is
frightening and depressing, and it is necessary for our own sake to use
magic at this time to help in the quest for Mabon. The strongest act of
magic that one can do at this time is to participate in the
celebrations of the yearly cycle. As one integrates the yearly cycle
deep into one’s unconscious, serenity and confidence are gained. This
is the peace that comes from knowing and accepting that the light will
return when it is time.