MABON – AUTUMN EQUINOX
MABON - AUTUMN EQUINOX-Thanksgiving for the fruits of the earth
Date: September 20th – 23rd, depending on the year | Other Name: 2nd Harvest
This day sees light and dark in balance again, before the descent to the dark times, a time of Thanksgiving. The Autumn Equinox divides the day and night equally, in other words, day and night are equal length today—ushering in a time of calm and stillness as the light begins to wane going into winter and we all take a moment to pay our respects to the impending dark. We also give thanks to the waning sunlight, as we store our harvest of this year’s crops. The Druids call this celebration, Mea’n Fo’mhair, and honor the The Green Man, the God of the Forest, by offering libations to trees. Wiccans celebrate the aging Goddess as she passes from Mother to Crone, and her consort the God as he prepares for death and re-birth.
Various other names for this Lesser Wiccan Sabbat are The Second Harvest Festival, Wine Harvest, Feast of Avalon, Equinozio di Autunno (Strega), Alben Elfed (Caledonii), or Cornucopia.
Practicing witches will tell you, the equinox is a powerful time. Considered a time of the Mysteries. It is a time to honour Aging Deities and the Spirit World. For pagans, equinoxes are particularly significant events, and the autumnal equinox—referred to as Mabon by neo-Pagans—is somewhat equivalent to Thanksgiving. This is an important time to give thanks to Mother Goddess and the earth for her gifts. Also considered a time of balance, it is when we stop and relax and enjoy the fruits of our personal harvests, whether they be from toiling in our gardens, working at our jobs, raising our families, or just coping with everyday life.
At this festival it is appropriate to wear all of your finery and dine and celebrate in a lavish setting. It is the drawing to and of family as we prepare for the winding down of the year at Samhain. It is a time to finish old business as we ready for a period of rest, relaxation, and reflection.
A perfect time to meditate on any corrections to any imbalance in your life and peace.
Take this time to find connection to Gaia, the goddess of the earth and nature. Cast a protective circle, create an altar outside, or leave an offering of fruit and vegetables or bread for the faeries and elementals. Cleanse yourself by burning a protective smudge stick of sage.
Deities: Goddesses – Modron, Morgan, Epona, Persephone, Pamona and the Muses. Gods – Mabon, Thoth, Thor, Hermes, and The Green Man
Symbolism: Second Harvest, the Mysteries, Equality and Balance
Items to include on your Mabon food altar are as varied as the items people find in their gardens, trees and fields – and that will differ depending on where you live, and when exactly you’re celebrating. That said, typically the fall harvest is a great time to gather any of the following:
Symbols: wine, gourds, pinecones, acorns, grains, corn, apples, pomegranates, vines such as ivy, dried seeds, and horns of plenty, corn dolls
Colors: Red, orange, russet, maroon, brown, and gold
Herbs: Acorn, benzoin, ferns, grains, honeysuckle, marigold, milkweed, myrrh, passionflower, rose, sage, solomon’s seal, thistle
Traditional Foods: Vegetables such as tomatoes, peppers, potatoes, carrots, and onions. Mid-autumn vegetables, like squashes and especially pumpkins, seed pods, nuts in their shells
Members of the grain family, like ears of corn, maize, and wheat (including fresh bread)
Fruits, such as apples, cider, apple juice, berries or grapes, wine or vines
Baskets, symbolizing the gathering of crops
Stones: Sapphire, lapis lazuli, and yellow agates
For Protection & Abundance
Join us in our online video with a ritual/spell to celebrate the Mabon - Autumn Equinox & Double the power of your Protection & Abundance spell at this auspicious time.
Mabon is a time for practicing protection magic as well as abundance magic. Pagans believe, the veil between the spiritual and mortal worlds is particularly thin around the autumn equinox. Any form of divination you partake in will be particularly powerful including meditating on this space of equilibrium and the balance between light and dark.
This offering features tools needed for the spell and basic ritual for your protection and abundance. Contents are handpicked to help create and maintain a practice that fits the event, and on such a powerful time it can’t but help increase its power.
Each item has been blessed at my altar, with a clear mind & a full heart, to bring forth your heart’s desire.
A printed version on quality paper of the spell is also included in the box. Plus a description of the crystals and their powers. So on our day of celebration we will with these items provided :-
- A Smudging Stick of Sage to cleanse our space chosen because Scientific research has shown that 94% of the bacteria in the room have been broken down after burning this herb. A feather to aid the ritual wafting process,
- Scented petals to create a circle,
- Decorate our altar,
- Burn a green candle for Abundance,
- Burn incense to purify and represent the harvest,
- Chant our ‘Space cleansing’ and ‘Mabon spells’ for Protection and Abundance.
- A Lapis Lazuli Crystal for the ritual,
- A Pentacle bracelet to help the ritual,
- A Man of the Wood wand to cast your spell,
- Bells to attach to your talisman offering.
- Ears of corn for decoration and ivy for the ritual
- You will be required to get a bowl of fruit and vegetable for the offering,
- You will be required to get an apple for our ritual and a knife to cut it with,
- You will be required to get a small tree branch with a few shoots coming off it. Perhaps four shoots
Decorate your altar in a pattern or design that is meaningful to you, using food as your centrepiece, and let the Mabon celebrations begin!