Fall is here and I couldn’t be happier. I love the colder months. Let’s talk about how you can celebrate with Autumn equinox and Mabon rituals.

What is the Autumn Equinox?

In the Northern Hemisphere, the equinox falls around September 21 when day and night are the exact same length.

The precise timing is an astrological thing that actually varies by a day or two from year to year, so if you’re concerned with to-the-minute accuracy, definitely look it up.

In the Northern Hemisphere, it’s also the official beginning of Autumn.

The equinox also signals Mabon, a minor Sabbat on the Wiccan wheel of the year.

Mabon is the 2nd of 3 harvest festivals.

The meaning of autumn equinox rituals

The Autumn equinox is a time of balance, marking the period when the days will start to get shorter and sunlight begins to wane.

The dark is coming as we prepare for Samhain, the last harvest festival of the year, also known as the Witches’ New Year (and Halloween!).

The Autumn Equinox is a time to start to wrap up the business of the year, and get ready for a period of rest, relaxation, and reflection in the winter.

It’s also about finding harmony and balance.

Just as you gather the last seeds of summer with the fall harvest, it’s an excellent time to start to think about what you want to manifest in your life in the year to come.

Try this meditation exercise

Close your eyes. Focus on your breathing until your heart rate slows and steadies.


In the coming year, what is one way I can improve myself?

How can I challenge myself to make one aspect of my life or my being better?

And then? Listen.

Write down any impressions or thoughts you have when you finish. In the days to come, think about what you’ve uncovered and what it might mean for you.

Explore other aspects of seasonal ritual

Check out other rituals connected to the seasons and lunar cycles.