MABON / AUTUMN EQUINOX
Date: September 22, 2018
Mabon is a beautiful celebration of the second Harvest. It is a time to give thanks for the abundance in our life and to connect with nature before it starts its long winter sleep.
Mabon is also known as the Autumn Equinox ? when light and darkness are in balance. Beginning the day after the equinox, the days get shorter and the nights get longer.
We don’t want this to be the typical write-up for Mabon, instead, we want you to truly understand the sacredness of this Sabbat. In our modern industrialized society, there are certain things that most people take for granted…like going to a grocery store anytime we need food. Although winter is approaching, none of us feel a sense of panic or a need to stockpile enough food to last us through the winter. But this is not a luxury that was shared by our Pagan ancestors. The success of crops was a matter of survival! As a result, our Pagan ancestors were in tune with the seasons and looked to natural events to let them know when to plant crops and when they would most likely harvest crops. This connection to nature brought them closer to the Divine. They called upon ancient Deities to help the crops grow, for the animals to reproduce, etc. So, harvest times were periods of great celebration…and periods to honor the ancient Deities for the abundance that they bestowed unto our ancestors. The connection to the Divine was very intense, and deeply, deeply, spiritual. Our ancestors flowed with the energy of the seasons and with the energy of the Universe. They were one with their surroundings – with nature.
As modern Pagans, the Sabbats are opportunities for us to attempt to connect with the Divine in the same deep and meaningful way. It is a time for us to put aside all of the troubles of the mundane world and to become one with nature, with the Universe, and with the Ancient Ones! This should be done is a way that is most relevant to you…no one should tell you that you have to do certain thingsduring a particular Sabbat. However, if you are looking for some starter ideas…we’ll provide you with some suggestions below.
Offerings for Mabon: Ciders, Wines, Herbs, and Food
Activities for Mabon: take a walk in nature (whatever that looks like in your town ? a park for example), leave some food offerings for the animals, offer libations to trees or plants, or prepare herbs for the winter. Many people also celebrate Mabon by sharing a festive meal with family and friends.
Colors: Orange, Red, Brown or Gold
Incense for Mabon: Sage or Myrrh
Stones for Mabon: Yellow/Orange Calcite and Lapis Lazuli
Symbols for Mabon: Acorns, Gourds, Apples, Grape, Wine, and the Cornucopia
Spiritual Activities: a time to reflect on the great mysteries, to connect with the ancient Deities, to embrace love in all of its forms, and to recognize and give yourself credit for your spiritual growth to date?even if it?s simply your desire to walk a new spiritual path! For others, it is a time to work in the shadows?to work with and to understand their shadow self.
Spellcrafting for Mabon: Prosperity spells, Emotional Balance spells, Protection Spells, and Spiritual Growth pathworkings.
Mabon Blessings to all of our Sisters and Brothers who walk the Path!!
Laurene and Paul
New Moon Cottage