Monday, September 21, 2009

Mabon dreaming



















This image, with its somber colors and haunting figures, might seem an odd choice for a post to welcome autumn. The usual equinox theme is a celebration of the season's material pleasures: abundant food, brilliant foliage, crisp days and clear, chilly nights. But Mabon has a spiritual side, too. It's the time to make peace with the inevitable passing of all things. It's the season of Persephone's descent to the underworld, where she mourns and dreams of the green Earth, to which she will one day return. Autumn's mission is to journey deep within the self, there to meet the ghosts of all we've lost, and catch a glimpse of what we might become.

So, autumn will be my season of quiet dreaming. I'll wander through the world and my own heart. I'll read books that are old friends, and explore at least one new one. I'll prepare myself for the coming winter, and look toward the birth of spring.

May all our dreams lead us to something sweet.


Der Traum (The Dream), Pierre-C├ęcile Puvis de Chavannes, 1883.

6 comments:

Margaret said...

This is a beautiful post.

chayaruchama said...

May it be a season of deep nourishment, my love.

That book sounds amazing; I'm such a lover of Jung.

Mary said...

A blessed Mabon, sister!

jmcleod76 said...

Ooh, now you've given me one more thing to covet ... Red Book, Red Book, Red Book!

Have a blessed autumn!

BitterGrace said...

Thank you, Margaret. A happy autumn to you all.

I can't wait to get my hands on The Red Book. I haven't been this excited about a book release in a long time...

ScentScelf said...

I generally find either equinox to be a time of intense reflection and pondering. This season's finds me purging purging purging...and I am getting/returning to a welcome balance...I think by the time I get my hands on a copy of the red book, my nest will be ready to support me through whatever I find inside.