Come and join us in celebrating the autumn equinox, the mid-harvest festival of Mabon, the sacred child, the Golden one. It is a time we take a few moments to honor the changing seasons and celebrate the harvest. On or around September 22nd, it is a time of giving thanks. It is a time when the northern and southern hemispheres receive the same amount of sunlight as the earth is tilted at a right angle to the sun. Equinox means equal night. At Autumn Equinox the hours of day and night are equal. Afterwards moving towards the winter solstice there are increasing hours of darkness.
This feast of Mabon thus marks a moment nature is in balance. It is a time of ritual celebration and balance, of reviewing our lives and of making plans for our future. The holiday is named for the Welsh deity, Mabon, son of the Earth Mother goddess Modron. As the leaves turn golden and wither away, Mabon, the gold one, like the sun, fades away into the wintry embrace Earth Mother. Nothing gold can stay, something Walt Whitman reminds us in his famous poem. Yet all things cycle round. Winter shall come and be quickly followed by spring and the return of the golden one. Thus, at this time of balance we too must remember that all things cycle and that endings are a good time to celebrate our successes and to honor nature and its gifts.
Janet Piedilato is a transpersonal psychologist, a complementary health care consultant, and an ordained minister. She is a Guiding Voice for Seven Pillars House of Wisdom. She holds a doctorate in biology from New York University and a doctorate in transpersonal psychology from Saybrook University. She took her herbalist training at David Winston's Center for Herbal Studies and partook in studies on Ayurvedic medicine for health care professionals with the Maharishi Ayurvedic University, Fairfield Iowa. Janet holds the distinction of being the first woman practitioner to present shamanic ritual at the Harvard Divinity School Conference on Reinterpreting Shamanism. In private practice she creates complementary therapies incorporating psycho-spiritual techniques, offering relaxation therapy. Janet is the founder of Immaginal a company that grew from her practice of creating scent memory experiences during relaxation therapy protocols. Janet conducts spiritual services and workshop teachings and group support at her residence and retreat, Temenos, an environmental sanctuary and sacred trust, co-founded with her husband and soul mate, Iggy.
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