Mabon 2021 – Dancing The Wheel With Light And Darkness
Tomorrow is Mabon, the Autumnal equinox, when light and darkness balance each other out before the days become shorter than the nights again.
Autumn is now becoming clearly more visible. There are mushrooms, apples, pears and the first pumpkins from the regional harvest.
Some evenings I watch the sun playing with the canopy of aspen leaves behind the balcony. The golden evening light underlines the effect of the slowly gilding leaves.
One evening a pair of crows were sitting in the tree enjoying the evening sun just as I was. The aspen-tree was so beautifully illuminated by the evening sun that it seemed to literally glow from within. Like a crow’s living room with cosy warm light shining to the outside.
Now, in September, I watch the first aspen leaves dance in pirouettes to the ground and line the paths and streets with a golden carpet. In October, the beech leaves will sail down and add more colour, but they only dance in the wind. Later, in November, it will be the oak leaves that dance to the ground. But until then, let’s pile up all the colourful leaves into hills and just jump in!
The other day, I saw something white swirling in the wind among the golden aspen leaves. On closer inspection I discovered that it was a cabbage white, which soon disappeared in the direction of the birch-tree.
In the sunlight, this butterfly was almost a Summer sight. Only the cool breeze, bringing in savoury sea air across the River Elbe, made it clear that we will soon be moving into the dark season.
That makes me look forward to our Vildragout – our vegan game goulash adaptation inspired by CalleKocht on YouTube (in German).
By the way, the German word for game with regard to fauna is „Wild“.
Our version contains root vegetables, mushrooms, which connoisseurs might well gather wild (but not us), and wild berries. Since the traditional colour for this annual festival is blue, as far as I know, I actually like to use blueberries – the wild ones that you can also buy. This year, however, the selection was not exhilarating and we also did not collect any blackberries, so we use compote of wild lingonberries. You can buy that too, because we do not have any good collection sites for blueberries and lingonberries here – at least I do not know of any. Since I have changed my diet due to autoimmune problems and now abstain from nightshade vegetables, we use rosehip puree instead of tomato paste and instead of mashed potatoes we have pumpkin mash. (Maybe we’ll have pumpkin dumplings, one day, but we are still working on that). I can no longer tolerate vinegar either, so we use sea buckthorn juice and instead of wine we deglaze with elderberry juice.
Of course, there is also a slowfood video, even if the light did leave room for improvement. After all, we are approaching the dark season. ASMR possible. SlowTV kitchen meditation:
With this in mind:
What helps you to keep the balance between light and dark?
Are you ready to shine a bright light of awareness on the path of beingness, today?
Much Love, Steffi