With the autumn equinox approaching in the southern hemisphere, we thought to share a contemplative song called “Mabon” (a Pagan name for the fall equinox) by singer and songwriter Lisa Thiel.
The song is from her album Circle of the Seasons, and its melody and lyrics capture the solemn feel of this time of year when the night begins to be longer than the daylight (thus darkness becoming greater than light), symbolizing the descent into the darkness of the subconscious in order to extract knowledge, as part of a journey of spiritual awakening.1
The lyrics of “Mabon” highlight the role of the Mother Goddess, both as Mother Earth having given up her harvest (preparing to rest through the winter to re-awaken in spring), and as a spiritual guide that leads to wisdom through the symbolic darkness, which reflects a core spiritual principle that the autumn equinox represents — the understanding that everything dies before it can be reborn, all must descend before it can ascend, and that light and wisdom are extracted out of darkness (i.e. hardships, challenges in life, etc.).2
The song concludes with the following lyrics, highlighting the overarching message of this time of year:
“And as we journey through the darkness
And as we continue to descend
We learn to let go of what obscures our soul
And re-discover our true being in the end”3
More music on the solstices and equinoxes can be found in our modern music library:
For more information on the spiritual meaning of the autumn equinox, see: The Path of the Spiritual Sun: Celebrating the Solstices and Equinoxes by Belsebuub and Angela Pritchard (Mystical Life Publications, revised second edition, July 2017), chapter 2, p. 51.
The full lyrics to the song can be found on her website here.