Yesterday my oldest daughter reminded me I used to say "the only one who likes change is a wet baby." That was before I started 'collecting firsts', opening my heart and mind to new experiences and actively seeking change. I love it! Variety is truly the spice of life!
The end of summer, marked by the Autumnal Equinox on September 23, and Mabon, is an example. Summer is delightful, but I don't want it to go on forever. I'd find it difficult to live in a place with no change in seasons. I guess if I had never experienced them, I might not think about it. But having enjoyed their unique beauty and variety, I look forward to each one.
Colors of Mabon
The colors of Mabon include many of my favorites - shades of orange, gold, red, burgundy and browns. As the leaves change here in the north eastern part of the United States, we will watch the colors gradually unfold until they crescendo. Even after they pass their peak, they are still breathtaking, with more muted and metallic tones. I once heard leaves are the only thing that gets more beautiful before death. I'm not sure I agree with that.
Decorate your home and wear colors in these glorious shades. If you're an artist, create a painting with the warm, vibrant shades of Mabon. Or pick a favorite color and look for it as you go about your day.
Herbs of Mabon
Herbs, defined by herbalists as "any plant that is useful", are abundant during Mabon. Some most traditionally associated with the season are acorns, apples, barley, carrots, chamomile, corn, marigolds, onions, pomegranates, rosemary, sage, walnuts and wheat. Harvest some of the herbs from your garden or look for them at farmer's markets or garden centers. Combine them to make a still life, bouquet, wreath or swag, to celebrate this second harvest.
My booklet on Haunting Herbs is located on the site. I could attach a link, but this is hidden treasures, so I'll let you see if you can find it. (Or you could look to the column on the right under herbs or free).
The sun will move from Virgo to Libra on Monday, September 23, and I will be adding at least one of Libra's zodiac herbs, so stayed tuned!
Stones of Mabon
In addition to the colors and herbs, there are also stones for those of you familiar with the power of gemstones. And if you aren't familiar, you may want to spend time around them and see which ones catch your attention! There's a reason!
Amber, in shades of orange, golds, yellows and browns, will warm and delight! Yellow agate, cat's eye, hematite, jasper and topaz are also associated with this time of year.
Activities for Mabon
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Wishing you all a blessed harvest.
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romance and treasures within and around them
that are often dismissed or completely overlooked."
Mikell is a writer, artist and professional treasure hunter, finding the greatest treasures in the wonderful people who enter her life!