Mabon, as we Northern Hemisphere Pagans refer to the September Equinox, occurs this year on September 23 at 3:09 AM UTC. Here in North America, that’s late in the evening of September 22. See the Seasons Calculator to find the exact time of the Equinox in your time zone.
It’s not well-known, even in Pagan circles, but Mabon is a Neopagan creation1. There’s no evidence that any ancient peoples celebrated the Equinox as we now celebrate Mabon. Despite that fact, the changing of the seasons is a good time to take stock of our lives, to give thanks for what we have, and to remember our Gods and Goddesses. It’s also a good time to do some personal introspection about our own selves, and to look at what we can do better.
This year, Mabon falls on the September Full Moon. That means that the September Full Moon is the Harvest Moon2 as well. This is indeed an auspicious conjunction in Wiccan belief. Full Moons are the best times for working to bring desirable things into your life. So take this opportunity, as I will be, to remember what is good in your life, to celebrate and give thanks for those people and things, and to work a little on improving yourself. Set some goals. Put some energy behind reaching them, and have a Blessed Mabon.
For my part, I am thankful for friends and family. I am thankful for those who have chosen to be with me through what has been the absolute worst time of my life, and I vow to treat them with the love and respect they so richly deserve. I acknowledge that I have been less than stellar in this respect, especially in the recent past. That is what I will be working on for the coming year.
So Mote It Be!