The Autumnal Equinox is Monday, September 23, 2019 at just after 2:50 am. This Sabbat is celebrated by many Witches, Pagans, and Heathens around the world. Each individual and every tradition may have a special name for this celestial event, but it is often referred to as Mabon. This name was carefully chosen byin the 1970s and due to its good “fit” as a name, convenience, and its use in the Green Egg magazine (a defunct publication of the Church of All Worlds) it became a fairly standard name for the Sabbat.
Celebrations of harvest and gratitude dominate most Autumn Equinox celebrations, and many gatherings include local fresh produce, Green Man masks, and colorful leaves. This is often considered the “second harvest” Sabbat (of three) and creations such as Zucchini bread from squash that was harvested at the “first harvest” Sabbat (Lammas/Lughnasadh) are often present.
The equinox falls halfway between the two solstices – Summer and Winter. Although many references state that “day and night are equal” this is approximate, but, not entirely true. Due to measurements being taken based on the center of the sun rather than the edge of the visible disk, and the refraction of light on our horizons, we experience our actual day/night equality (called Equilux – lux means light) three to four days after the Autumnal Equinox. Equilux is September 25th this year. Interestingly, in the spring, Equilux is three or four days before the Spring Equinox/Ostara.
In the Southern Hemisphere, Pagans and Witches are celebrating the Spring Equinox on September 23.