Mabon, an Equinox, and a Harvest Moon
Autumn is here, dear folks. How do you feel about the waning of summer? About the crisp air descending on us? The dark settling sooner by the day. It feels time, doesn’t it? The free spirited, roaming part of self sort of yearning to be contained a bit. Settled down. More rest. More rhythm. It feels time to me.
This week we have both the Autumnal Equinox and the Full Harvest Moon (Monday). This week is the week of Mabon, marking mid-harvest, when our days and nights cover equal time, a time of mysteries. The first of the leaves have begun to turn and rain down to the ground. Each breeze that strays across our property feels just cooler than the last, it is almost imperceptible, but my body prickles with its arrival. We spent all summer watching and tending our gardens grow lush, literally bursting in bloom. Everything so alive and bright. Everything so prolific and external.
This week, as we harvested what remained of the summer crops the plants were weighted flat to the earth. Exhausted by the life they had just lived, drained from all that they had given to produce.
We gave to our chickens, and in return they will have health and and will lay abundantly and leave us behind compost to nurture more growth. We took for us what will feed us and our dear ones, took enough to save. We left behind what we will not use as an offering to the earth, for life to come again next year.
But for now, it is time to turn in closer, just as nature does. Close to the earth. Close to home. Close to family. Close to oneself.
In the summer months we eat food that is so out there, in open space and sun and air. Stretched out far and high. Fresh fruit and vegetables warm from the day, ripe from the hospitable weather. Food that is tender and juicy and soft to the touch. Peaches from the tallest branches, melons as hydrating as water, berries that melt in your mouth, beans climbing undeterred toward the sky, tomatoes dripping from ethereal branches that should not hold their weight, herbs as delicate as lace.. But as we move forward into autumn, the closer to earth we should gather and eat from. Foods that root deep and remain firm even when ripe - to protect and sustain. Hearty, rugged, warming and fueling - carrots, potatoes, ground squash, onions, leeks, garlic, rutabagas, radish, horseradish, ginger, turmeric, apples, spices and herbs dehydrated to last…
How obvious, when you give it thought.. Since we are of this earth - That these are the rhythms that keep us best. That this way would encourage our earthly bodies to thrive.