Autumn Equinox, around September 21, is thetime of the descent of the Goddess into theUnderworld. With her departure, we see thedecline of nature and the coming of winter.This is a classic, ancient mythos, seen theSumerian myth of Inanna and in the ancientGreek and Roman legends of Demeter and Persephone.In September, we also bid farewell to theHarvest Lord who was slain at Lammas. He isthe Green Man, seen as the cycle of nature inthe plant kingdom. He is harvested and hisseeds are planted into the Earth so that lifemay continue and be more abundant.Mabon ("Great Son") is a Welsh god. He was agreat hunter with a swift horse and a wonderfulhound. He may have been a mythologized actualleader. He was stolen from his mother, Modron(Great Mother),when he was three nights old,but was eventually rescued by King Arthur(other legends say he was rescued by theBlackbird, the Stag, the Owl, the Eagle, andthe Salmon). All along, however, Mabon hasbeen dwelling, a happy captive, in Modron'smagickal Otherworld -- Madron's womb. Only inthis way can he be reborn. Mabon's light hasbeen drawn into the Earth, gathering strengthand wisdom enough to become a new seed. Inthis sense, Mabon is the masculine counterpartof Persephone -- the male fertilizing principleseasonally withdrawn. Modron corresponds with Demeter.From the moment of the September Equinox, theSun's strength diminishes, until the moment ofWinter Solstice in December, when the Sun growsstronger and the days once again become longer than the nights.Symbols celebrating the season include varioustypes of gourd and melons. Stalk can be tiedtogether symbolizing the Harvest Lord and thenset in a circle of gourds. A besom can beconstructed to symbolize the polarity of maleand female. The Harvest Lord is oftensymbolized by a straw man, whose sacrificialbody is burned and its ashes scattered upon theearth. The Harvest Queen, or Kern Baby, is madefrom the last sheaf of the harvest and bundledby the reapers who proclaim, "We have the Kern!"The sheaf is dressed in a white frock decoratedwith colorful ribbons depicting spring, and thenhung upon a pole (a phallic fertility symbol).In Scotland, the last sheaf of harvest is calledthe Maiden, and must be cut by the youngestfemale in attendance.
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Ah Mabon, how I missed thee...
Okay so it's no secret I love Mabon, along with Samhain and Yule. I'm not a summery type of person in fact Most the summer I stay inside My home with the cooler running full blast. Yup I don't have ac and don't want one my electric bill is high enough, lol.