On the Autumn Equinox there’s an equal amount of day and night reminding us to feel the balance between light and dark.

It’s a time of celebrating the harvest of apples and pumpkins, enjoying the coziness a wool sweater, the warmth of a fire and sipping hot tea or spiced cider.

Autumn can also feel melancholy as Persephone returns to the Underworld taking much of the world’s life force with her, leaving the fields bare and the days cold and gray.

It’s a time to give thanks for abundant harvests and a time to go inward and explore internal landscapes.

While you’re exploring that landscape you may as well do a little maintenance and clean up.  Autumn is an opportunity to clear out emotional baggage you’ve been dragging around.

Accept that there are darker aspects to life, embrace them, but don’t let them rule you.

Understand that a healthy life finds balance in all things.

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Depending on your individual spiritual path, there are many different ways you can celebrate Mabon, but typically the focus is on either the second harvest aspect, or the balance between light and dark. This, after all, is the time when there is an equal amount of day and night. While we celebrate the gifts of the earth, we also accept that the soil is dying. We have food to eat, but the crops are brown and going dormant. Warmth is behind us, cold lies ahead. Here are a few rituals you may want to think about trying — and remember, any of them can be adapted for either a solitary practitioner or a small