But the pumpkins have arrived, the leaves have started to fall and suddenly the cold and dark days have engulfed us, so that makes it time for Mabon.
The Autumnal Equinox or Mabon is one of the four main quarterly festivals in the Wheel of the Year (Pagan calendar). It takes place around the 21st/22nd September and marks the second of three harvest festivals, the other two being Lammas and Samhain. This is known as the first day of Autumn.
Lammas is all about abundance and giving thanks for the harvest. This Celtic sabbat celebrates the Goddess as the Grain Mother and the Sun God who sacrifices his life so that the harvest can be cut and gathered.
Summer Solstice takes place on June 21st and it marks the first day of summer. It is also known as Midsummer as this is when the sun reaches its peak, resulting in the warmest and longest day of sunlight of the year.
Beltane or May Day takes place on May 1st and is another cross-quarterly festival that marks the mid point between Spring Equinox and Summer Solstice.
Ostara or Spring Equinox takes place on 20th March and assigns the beginning of Spring time.
Imbolc is a cross-quarterly festival that takes place on 2nd February in the Celtic calendar. It marks the half way point between Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox. Also known as Candlemas, it is one of the fire festivals and a celebration of light.