Mabon also known as the fall equinox, marks the turning point of the fall and is on September 20 or 21. This holiday marks the second harvest, and preparation for winter. Astrologically, the equinox is when the sun passes into the sign of Libra, the sign of the Scales. Depending on the tradition, this day is observed sometime between September 21st and September 25th. This time of year is also known as the Wine Harvest, Cornucopia, and the Second Harvest. The full moon closest to the equinox is the one officially designated as the Harvest Moon.
This pagan holiday is actually the one that is most like the American holiday of Thanksgiving. The harvest of crops is celebrated at this time of year, and already it's time to look ahead to the waning of the season and start make winter preparations. The spirit of the harvest, known in some traditions as John Barleycorn, is seen as dying at this time of year, a necessary sacrifice so that fall will turn to winter and in turn give birth to spring.
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