The public is invited to celebrate the fall equinox with the Southern Illinois Pagan Alliance as it presents Mabon on Saturday, Sept. 21 at Shelter 2 in Giant City State Park.

Mabon is the second of three harvest festivals. It encourages pagans to reap what they sow, both literally and figuratively. It is the time when night and day stand in equal balance. It's a time to express gratitude, complete projects and honor a moment of balance.

The gathering begins at 3 p.m., followed by a potluck at 5 p.m. The ritual will follow at 7 p.m. Attendees are asked to bring a dish to share for the potluck.

Donations will be accepted on behalf of Finding Forever Animal Rescue in Marion. Suggest items to bring include cat litter, wet cat food and dry or kitten food. Cash donations are appreciated as they go toward paying veterinary bills.

Firewood and tiki torches are also appreciated, as this is SIPA's first nighttime outdoor ritual of the year,

SIPA rituals are free and open to the public. All ages welcome. Ample free parking is available at Shelter 2. Carpooling is encouraged.

For more info contact Tara Nelsen at 618-924-0263 or, or contact Andi Darnell on Facebook or by email

For more information about SIPA, visit

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