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Autumn Equinox ‘Mabon’ Gratitude Jar

Yesterday, September 22nd at 9:31 am EST, was the autumn equinox (aka Mabon or second harvest). It is a time to be thankful for a harvest of summer and prepare for the coming winter. In celebration of the equinox, I took the time to express my gratitude by making a gratitude jar.

Mabon Gratitude Jar

Supplies Needed

Glass jar
Gratitude list
Dried citrus
White candle
Cinnamon stick
Gravel or dirt
Love and an open heart


Gather all the items into a glass jar
Everyone writes their gratitude list and puts it inside
Place the jar in the center of the table or alter.
Light the white candle and take time to think about what you’re grateful for.

What is the Autumn Equinox

Equinoxes have been celebrated for generations, and it has a very specific and powerful spiritual meaning. The equinox is a time for transition, contemplation, gratitude, and a fresh start. It is time to let go of what is no longer serving us and start a new cycle of growth.

An energetic portal opens, giving us the opportunity to align with the cosmic flow and make significant changes in our lives. What happens in nature at this time of the year reflects what happens within all of us. We are all experiencing an inner shift, and the equinox inaugurates a time of metamorphosis and spiritual growth.

It represents a time of harvest as we prepare for the wintertime and colder months. We are entering an introspective and reflective phase: we are encouraged to cultivate gratitude, to appreciate the progress we have done, and shift our focus within to integrate the experiences we have made.

While the equinox may have already happened, it is always a good time to express your gratitude to your children. Go together for a walk outside, collect the items for your jar, and open the discussion with your children about what gratitude means to you and to them. When you get home, create the jar, and then light the candle to burn during dinner.

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