As Mabon, or the Autumn Equinox takes hold this week beginning on Saturday September 22, 2018, we begin to dive into the energies of this abundant season through GRATITUDE. Two days following the Autumn Equinox is the Harvest Moon on September 24. The Harvest Moon is the Full Moon closest to the Autumn Equinox and has also been named this because of the harvest season, farmer’s tend to their crops now and gather all that they worked so hard to grow all summer long under this bright and glowing moonlight.
Family, friendships, and the home space become the focus. Cherishing those gifts we can easily begin to see more of them come into our hearts and lives. This fruitful harvest energy can be channeled into our own auras by harnessing it through ritual and gratitude practices. Giving thanks for what has already been blessed to you will allow you to notice even more of it to come.
With friends or alone, I encourage you to take the time to count your blessings, and enjoy the fruits of your labor. A simple ritual I used to bring together my friends and family is to decorate mason jars with red ribbon, and cut leafs out of red, orange, and yellow construction paper to go inside your jar. Spritz the papers with a fall aroma of essential oils like clove, cinnamon, or pumpkin spice. Next, write detailed notes of your blessings, one on each leaf. Take turns sharing in your own words out loud what your blessing is, and why it matters to you and lastly, drop it into your jar with a kiss. Feeling is one component of the alchemy which will create more blessings in this ritual. When you feel grateful for what you have, you attract more of that pure, potent feeling of richness. In which ways you will receive that richness, is to the universe to decide.
Enjoy this time, the subtle energy is bursting with warmth and movement. As the leaves begin to change colors into their ripest states of deep red and burnt oranges, so will you. Take it in before the leaves fall, allowing death to clear way for new growth.