Mabon is the fall equinox, once again a time of balance. The days and nights are equal in length, but the dark continues to rise, soon balance is lost again. This is also the second harvest, the apple, berry, vine and nut harvest, the fruit of the trees and bushes. The bounty of the earth continues, but this harvest is of things that are closer to the wild. The days of tamed cultivation, tamed green land, are drawing to a close. Soon it will be the time of the dark, the time of the wild and untamed. We are drawing away, waning, going toward the inner. This is a time of thanksgiving, of Thanksgiving. We honor the fruits of the field, the fruits of the vine, the fruits of the wild. We thank the Goddess and God. We are preparing, preparing for the dark. Mabon means “son.” In Welsh mythology, Mabon was the son of Modron. Modron means “Mother.” Mabon ap Modron was Son, son of Mother. In Celtic tradition Mabon is similar to the Greek Persephone. He disappears from earth and his mother only to return mature. This is cyclic, and like the Persephone Demeter myth, is seasonal as well with spring and fertility returning when Mabon does. Autumn is when he disappears again as do the things of the growing earth.
We are all saddened by the loss to our community. The Universalist Unitarian Church of East Lansing will be honoring Chris Keith on Sunday 9 December:
The Universalist Unitarian Church of East Liberty will be having a special time during this Sunday's service at 11:00 for honoring our former members, Chris Keith and Isaac Miller. The Sunday service will feature a holiday children's program for the bulk of the service, based on a Lemony Snicket story. The children will be dismissed from the service, unless parents wish for their children to stay, and then we will have a brief time which will feature a candle-lighting, a time of silence, and a special collection for the memorial fund that has been set up to help support Chris Keith's three surviving children, age 4, 6, and 8. We will have literature on hand about how to talk to children, about tragedy, and other related literature.
Following the service, a trained psychologist will meet as a group with people who wish to process deeper feelings about these tragic deaths.
Next week's service at UUCEL is titled "In the Bleak Midwinter" and focuses on the sadness of the winter season. The service is still being shaped, but may include a section in honor of Chris Keith and Isaac Miller, as well as honoring the one-year anniversary of the school shooting in Newtown, CT.