I’ve had a few people over the last year, who I work with, ask me why I’m going to New Zealand. Why the hell not? I’m not like most people my age and go to beach resorts on holiday just to get tanned and drunk. I’d rather go and see sights, landscapes,do things! Why do people have to make me feel so abnormal?

However, one woman who works in London as a full time officer, called me an arsehole when I told her I was going! ;)

But, please stop keep making me feel insecure about myself because I don’t do beach and partying holidays in Ibiza! I’d much rather go walking to see landscapes, visit museums, see landmarks, go shopping, just enjoy the views and culture! You have your preference and I have mine….I don’t question you, so don’t question me.

Holidays: Mabon!

Since Mabon is coming up soon, I figured I’d make a beginners approach to the holidays starting with the closest. I, myself, have not celebrated it before being so new to Wicca/witchcraft, however, I’m excited for what is to come.

Firstly, the holiday usually falls around September 21st to the 23rd. It comes with the Autumnal Equinox. This year it falls on Friday September 22nd. It is a time to reap and harvest the seeds you have sown during the last year (figuratively and literally). It is time to finish old business and ready ourselves for a time of rest, relaxation, and reflection. It is a time of balance and mysteries. It is also a time when it’s perfectly okay to wear your most extravagant clothes and celebrate as lavishly as you wish. (I personally plan on dressing up, staying home, and cooking some good food). 

The symbolism: Second Harvest, the Mysteries, Equality and Balance

Symbols of Mabon: wine, gourds, pine cones, acorns, grains, corn, apples, pomegranates, vines such as ivy, dried seems, and horns of plenty

Herbs of Mabon: acorns, benzoin, ferns, grains, honeysuckle, marigold, milkweed, myrrh, passionflower, rose, sage, solomon’s seal, tobacco, thistle, and vegetables

Foods of Mabon: breads, nuts, apples, pomegranates, and vegetables such as carrots and onions

Incense of Mabon: Autumn blend-benzoin, myrrh, and sage

Colors of Mabon: red, orange, russet, maroon, brown, and gold

Stones of Mabon: sapphire, lapis lazuli, and yellow agates

Activities of Mabon: making wine, gathering dried herbs, plants, seeds and see pods, walking in the woods, scattering offerings in harvested fields, offering libations to trees, adorning burial sites with leaves, acorns, and pine cones to honor those who have passed

Spell working of Mabon: protection, prosperity, security, and self-confidence, also those of harmony and balance

Dieties of Mabon: Goddesses- Madron, Morgan, Epona, Persephone, Pamona and the Muses; Gods- Mabon, Thoth, Thor, Hermes, and The Green Man

And there you go! All the essential info about Mabon. Go forth and celebrate! Feel free to tell me how you plan on celebrating/if you’re celebrating.