At the times when the Sun is crossing the celestial equator day and night are of nearly equal length at all latitudes and so we call these dates the equinoxes (= 'equal night')
In September as the Sun is moving southwards we refer to it as the autumnal equinox. The equinoxes are also the points on the celestial sphere where the ecliptic and equator cross and the vernal equinox is used as the zero point in measuring star co-ordinates.
Why do the equinoxes occur on different days?
The Earth takes approximately 365.25 days to go around the Sun. This is the reason we have a leap year every 4 years, to add another day to our calendar so that there is not a gradual drift of date through the seasons. For the same reason the precise time of the equinoxes are not the same each year, and generally will occur about 6 hours later each year, with a jump of a day (backwards) on leap years.
It is the time of the autumn equinox, and the harvest is winding down. The fields are nearly empty, because the crops have been plucked and stored for the coming winter.
Mabon is the mid-harvest festival, and it is when we take a few moments to honour the changing seasons, and celebrate the second harvest. On or around September 21, for many Pagan and Wiccan traditions it is a time of giving thanks for the things we have, whether it is abundant crops or other blessings.
Take some time to give thanks for what you have created. In effect you’re thanking yourself and every influence in your life. As we create our lives we perceive what we have achieved according to our beliefs. Many over achievers and perfectionists can find it difficult to give themselves the acknowledgement for their work and life. This the perfect time of the year to change that. For those who have conflicting beliefs you can change them by reprogramming your psyche. Give yourself the help you need in changing any beliefs that are blocking you from experiencing the life you want with a Theta Healing Session or join our upcoming manifesting course.