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Mabon - The Flash of the Setting Sun

Author: Maggi Horseman
Posted: September 15th. 2013
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This morning I was meditating and my attention was brought back into the world from a sudden upsurge of energy. I smelled something different, too. I opened my eyes to watch the stick of incense I was burning flare up, then grow cold and dark as the last of the resin burnt out and a bit of the stick at the end of the incense blackened. This phenomenon of the last upsurgence before the ending of something can be seen in many things. When a candle is blown out, right before the ember on the wick extinguishes, it gives out one last push of energy, heat, and light.

Isn’t a sunset the same way, as the sun drops into over the Western horizon? As the sun sets, it lights up the sky in amazing, unimaginable hues of fiery pinks and oranges. The world is bathed in this glowing candescence, bearing witness to the sun leaving the sky for the day, to journey onward into the night. The sign of Libra, which starts at the Autumn Equinox, the very glyph, can be seen in two ways. One is of the scales; the other is the setting sun. In a world where we have access to any type of fresh produce we desire at any time of the year, the harvest of Mabon is less impactful. However, we can look to the other symbols and apply them to our lives. What last push of energy can we give a project or endeavor at this time? How can we encourage the completion of something within ourselves that we bring it now to be culled in harvest?

All ends, dies, and finds rebirth in another form. Such is true for people, plants, candles, the day, and all things with a life. We can sit idly by and passively observe the end of things and time tying up loose ends and cutting them free. We can also chose to actively engage the work that we do and actively engaging the living and changing our lives. You can feel the acute ending of things, the conclusion of the day, the year, a life, with regret and loss. Or, you can choose to connect with that spark, engaging it, and participating.

In this way we attune to the tides of the seasons so that we can make use of the nexus of energy at each of the holidays. Is not the ending of day, the beginning of night? Caitlin Matthews, in a Celtic Book of Days, mentions that the beginning of a new day for the Celts was actually twilight. This is where the idea that the Celtic New Year is Samhain. For a moon centered culture, the night, the turning inward, the time spent with family in the home at the end of the day, and the dreaming time, was the beginning. How would this change our experience of what is important? In this way of thinking, the beginning starts within, and with the family, not from the toiling in the fields of the world. The beginning is with the hearth fires of food and the family, not money and work, production and profit.

Mabon means son of Modron. Modron means mother. Therefore, the myth cycles that we are also engaging in are both from the perspective of the son as well as the mother. Modron gives life, sustenance, and protection to her son as a child, so that he can go forth unto his own right and do the work and toil of seasons to follow and harvests to come. She knows she also sentences her progeny to death, to pain, and to struggle and suffering.

Mabon must always know that we hold within us our pasts, our heritage, our ancestry. He pays honor to his mother through the legacy that he creates and leaves for his descendants. However, he does not dwell in the past and neither should we. The sparking power of the setting sun asks us to pause in the now, to engage fully in the energy of the present. It is not too late for your harvest. Your harvest is being accounted for, no matter how great and bounteous or meager or modest it may be. Are you willing to look at that in honesty, in self-accounting, or miss the sunset because you are distracted with worried of the past, future, or some such?

The idea of self-accounting brings us back to the balancing scales of Libra. One of the possible translations of the September moon of the Coligny calendar of the Celts is “accounting moon”. If you’re interested in more commentary of the Celtic calendar, I recommend the The Apple Branch: A Path to Celtic Ritual by Alexei Kondratiev. At this time, Tribes came together in an agreed upon peace to seek the settling of disputes before the Judges, a class of the Druids.

When it comes to growing and harvesting, you don’t always get what you want. Some harvests are blighted, some wither due to drought. Some harvests are over bounteous and will last even through the next year and season. This is also the time to cull the bad apples from the bunch, both metaphorically and allegorically. What should you throw out? What relationships will spoils your future and should be released at this time? What forms, clothing, structures, have you outgrown and need to be recycled?

What is important is the work that you, the content do not the forms of how it manifests in the outside world. In the words of Gabrielle Bernstein, now is the time to step outside the periphery of who you are and dive into who you really need to be. Take the accounting and dive in. Take the energy of the sunset, release the day that has past and move into yourself, so that you may shine forth in the days to come.

It’s never too late. This dying spark calls us to engage, to notice the opportunities and the call of the harvest in every moment. The call is happening now. and now. and now...

Caitlin Matthews - A Celtic Book of Days
Alexi Kondratiev - The Apple Branch
Gabrielle Bernstein -


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