“Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.”

– George Eliot

Here we are right in the middle of Mabon and today the seasonal vibes are speaking to me! The Autumn Equinox is my favorite time of the year—you can literally feel the shift in the atmosphere and suddenly everything seems a little more magical. Ghosts start moving about and the cold starts to chase the summer heat away (speaking of ghosts, I’m reading The Siren and the Specter by Jonathan Janz and it is creepy in the best sort of way). Fall always makes me nostalgic. I grew up on the east coast in the beautiful mountains of West Virginia. Talk about a perfect incantation of autumn! The cool air, football season, the dancing leaves, rolling hillside, nightly bonfires, and the indescribable smell of nature’s best perfume: freshly cut hay fields. I’m so fortunate to have grown up in the storybook description of autumn in the country. Living in the desert has its perks, but I’m always stuck between extremely happy and heartsick when the season starts to change.

The good thing is, however, that no matter where you reside, the turn of the season is the perfect time to wrap up projects and prepare for both the challenges and celebrations yet to come in the new year. While self-care should always be a priority, I consider it a MUST in this ‘mid-harvest’ season. It is a time of gratitude and giving thanks for our many abundances; literally pausing to reflect and appreciate the work we’ve put in thus far, yet mentally preparing for the dark winter days ahead. Mabon is about balance, introspection, clarity, and honoring the earth. What I love about it is that there are so many ways to practice and celebrate the season—whether you’re a practicing witch or you just feel like writing a love letter to autumn. Here are just a few ways to do so:

🍂 Take a bath: use fresh herbs and fruit, such as sunflowers, rosemary, apple slices, pomegranate, sage, or marigold to embrace the season

🍂Set up a Mabon alter: Cinnamon candles, fall foliage, and stones ruled by the Sun—such as amber—will be the perfect additions to help energize you as we roll into October. Add mugwort to your herb bundles to bring clarity.

🍂Speaking of fall foliage, go for a walk and gather leaves, acorns, pinecones, and other little forest oddities to bring the season home with you.

🍂Write a gratitude post in your journal. Use “fall colors” such as orange, red, brown, and yellow to decorate the pages when you’re done. Try making a protection sigil.

🍂Make apple cider—don’t skimp on the cinnamon and leave chunks of fresh apple in the pitcher

🍂 Make a feast! Mabon can be considered Thanksgiving for witches—so take advantage of the seasonal vegetables and prepare a hearty meal.

Lastly, as we take this time to show our gratitude—to the earth, to prosperity, to the harvest and those we meet along the way—don’t forget yourself. Learn to recognize your own hard work, and how you’ve prepared yourself for the season ahead. So often we feel like there’s not enough time to pause and take a deep breath, but that is what the spirit of Mabon is all about. How will you be celebrating? What activities do you plan to do, or have already completed? If you’re fashionably late in finding this post—that’s okay! It’s never too late to stop and give thanks.