What is Mabon?
Mabon is the autumnal equinox in the Wheel of the Year, initiated with the sun in astrology moving into Libra. It is occurring on September 22nd this year - although many celebrate Mabon for the full week long!
Why should we honor it?
Mabon and the autumnal equinox initiate a new three month cycle for us energetically. It is when we close one chapter from the past three months of energy, and initiate a new one. In many ways, this is sort of the "December" energy of the Wheel of the Year because a new Celtic/pagan new year is initiated on Samhain (October 31st).
Mabon is also important because it begins the process of launching us into shadow season, the sun is literally now "falling" from its highest peak of Leo season and we are beginning to look towards shorter days and longer nights.
It comes with its own forms of grief - entering shadow season. I know I always personally mourn the end of summer, being a summer baby myself. But Fall does have its high points and there is still hope and color alive in nature to behold 😊
When we look to the astrological chart of this autumnal equinox (an important practice because that astrology will "imprint itself") we can see a number of notes.
For one, the players in this Mars Retrograde are still in the boxing ring, with Mars in Aries at the end of Capricorn squaring over to Jupiter, Pluto, and Saturn at the end of Capricorn. Saturn is not yet direct (although it will be soon), but Jupiter is now back online and direct again. Its starting to look forward to finishing its time in Capricorn, and Saturn will be joining it by then too.
🔥 Bring on the F i r e!🔥
At Mabon,Venus at 18 degrees of Leo is trining nicely (harmonious aspect) over to the moon in Sagittarius at 10 degrees and also in wider orb to Mars at 26 degrees of Aries. Mars may be retro, but he's getting the support from his fellow fire friends: Leo and Sagittarius, so that is giving him an extra power boost, literally.
There's lots of fire abounding in this chart! You might even delight in doing a candle ritual for this Mabon, or seeing if you can (safely) light a bonfire and watch the magic of fire at play as part of this astrological prescription.
⛔Watch for People Pleasing⛔
Mercury in late Libra is squaring over to Jupiter in late Capricorn (at a wider orb) and most especially to Saturn (a tight orb of 1 degree). Its a time to watch for extremes in communication, excesses or feeling we cannot express ourselves, then later going overboard with it. In general, being out of balance with communication, particularly in our relationships with others might be an area to watch out for. One shadow aspect of Libra can be sacrificing themselves or their own needs in order to be "sweet" or "nice" to others (i.e. "people pleasing"). Capricorn instead wants you to focus on the long term, the big plan, the career and karmic responsibilities you might have to yourself or others.
Chart for September 22, 2020 at moment of Libra Sun ingress at 9:31 a.m. EST