Blazing Reds And Golden Hues - Mabon
"The once lush leaves of the summer trees begin to dry and die. As the life force slowly departs, the palette of the sunset colors the forest in blazing reds, glowing oranges, and bright yellows. Soon, the foliage will reach its peak colours and then fall to the ground to decay and fertilize the soil."
Welcome to the Wheel of the Year series, this year on each natural turning point that is celebrated in the Wheel of the Year, I will share with you my thoughts and some history around these specific days.
The September equinox occurs the moment the Sun crosses the celestial equator – the imaginary line in the sky above Earth’s Equator – from north to south. Earth's axis is tilted at an angle of about 23.4° in relation to the ecliptic, the imaginary plane created by Earth's path around the Sun. Seasons are opposite on either side of the Equator, so the equinox in September is also known as the Autumnal (fall) equinox in the Northern Hemisphere. In the Southern Hemisphere, it's known as the Vernal (spring) equinox.
Mabon, Harvest Home, Alban Elfed, and the First Point of Libra are some of the names by which the autumnal equinox is known.
At this time of year, the land changes as the leaves, grasses, and other plants turn the most incredible colors. Even the light seems to change, casting gold, orange, and rose light at dawn and sunset. This deepening light illuminates and intensifies the color changes in the plants themselves. Orange pumpkins, red chiles, and purple grapes are all around.
For me, color is what autumn is all about.
This is an ideal time of year to work with specific colour energies!
What are your favourite colors among the changing leaves? Do you find joy in the bright and sunny yellows, or are you drawn more to gaze at the scarlet reds? Perhaps you find the transition of deep gold and orange to rose and indigo in the sunset to be magnificent. Or maybe you prefer the dark reds, browns, and purples of we see in many grasses at this time of year.
Each of the colours associated with this season can bring us new insights and create a special type of magic in our lives, but it is often best to go with what calls to you first.
Many people tend to dress in the colors of the season. The colors we choose to wear bring those energies into our auras. They affect how we feel and how we interact with other people. These colors are warming and comfortable. Each individual color has specific energies associated with it.
If you are working with a particular challenge or goal at this time, check the list below to find an appropriate color to work with. Even without a specific goal in mind, consider what energies you would like to bring into your life at this time. What would benefit you most, or what have you not yet integrated?
Then find creative ways to work with the associated color. Altar and home decorations are a wonderful way to bring this color into your spiritual space. You can work with this in very subtle ways, by dressing in shades of your chosen color more frequently or wearing appropriate jewellery.
Brown - grounding, healing animals, the home
Red - passion, strength, physical vitality, sexuality, anger, aggression
Maroon - visioning, kundalini activation and balancing, grounding
Orange - legal matters, success, will
Yellow - divination, mental powers, manifestation
Gold - the God, prosperity
Indigo - intuition, inspiration, visioning
Violet - clairvoyance, connection to spirit, opening to Otherworlds
'Winter nights' are coming closer
Much of our information on ancient Norse practices comes from the Sagas and the Eddas, which were written by the Icelanders. The Voluspa Saga contains indications that point to a year of eight seasons and eight festivals. Very similar to the Wheel of the Year celebrations. Here in the North the Autumnal Equinox is known as 'Winter Nights'.
'Winter Nights' is the Nordic final harvest and is sacred to Freyr (Frey) and Freyja. Other deities honored at this time include Thor, Sif, Idunna, Jord, the Landvaettir, and the Disir, of which Freyja is the only one whose name is known.
The September equinox is also known as the Harvest Festival and Haustblot, which means autumn sacrifice.
This is a festival of thanksgiving and asking for protection in the winter to come. Perhaps it is not so surprising that the Norse also believe in a Wild Hunt at this time of year, complete with riders on horseback and hounds from the Otherworlds. These myths abound in the Celtic, Germanic, Slavic, and Nordic cultures. For the Norse and Germanic peoples, Woden/Wotan or Grim, an aspect of Odin, leads the Hunt. In many myths similar to the Celtic legends, he carries off the souls of the departed. In others, he alternatively grants wishes or carries off the living for a variety of reasons.
The crispy morning are calling my name, early rising gives me a glimpse of the sun kissing the earth while they hide in the mist.
My body is preparing to light up the inner fire, I can tell by my cravings for pumpkin and apple cider. My mind is slowly pulling back it's energy and getting ready to turn inward.
We have arrived in Autumn, my favourite season. May there be an abundance of forest walks and mushroom picking. Hand-written letters must be send during this time of year of course. And let there be lots of Chaga tea, and snuggles in from of the fireplace.