Thought for the day:"I wanted to build the world's tallest building, but then I found out someone already did it"
Seems today is the Autumn Equinox -
The Celtic festival of Mabon - The autumnal equinox
The autumnal equinox is the time when the day and night are of equal
length. This was a solar festival of great importance to the Celts who
used the sky as both clock and calendar, as it was seen as a turning
point in the year and as such, a time to get prepared for the colder
months to follow.
Traditionally, this would have been the second
harvest festival, celebrated with a feast and offerings to give thanks
for the fruits of the earth and also acknowledge the harsh times ahead.
The "Harvest Moon" is associated with the autumnal equinox, as being the
closest full moon to it. It occurs when the moon rises approximately 30
minutes later from one night to the next. Thus, there is no long period
of darkness between sunset and moonrise for several days following the
actual date of the full moon.
The Celts did not seem to have a
specific name for this time of year, but it has become widely known
recently as Mabon, named after the character from the mabinogian, Mabon
Mabon Ap Modron (son of Modron) is stolen from his
mother Modron when he is only 3 days old. While Modron grieves for her
loss, Mabon, the bright child of promise, is hidden or locked away
(depending on the version ) in a castle for many years. His rescue
becomes a quest for one of Arthur’s knights. Cei, Arthur’s adopted
brother, and Gwrhyr, the translator of animal languages.
journey they must seek out many ancient animals, each older and wiser
than the one before. They visit a Blackbird, a Stag, an Owl and an
Eagle, until they are finally led to the salmon of Llyn Llyw, the oldest
animal of them all.
The enormous salmon carries them downstream to
Mabon's prison in Gloucester, where they hear him through the walls,
singing a lamentation for his fate.
The rest of Arthur's men launch an
assault on the front of the prison, while Cei and Bedwyr sneak in the
back and rescue Mabon.
So - Happy Equinox !! I'll drink to that !!