hey everyone! I really want to continue my Celebrate …! series, so even though it’s currently Mabon today I thought I’d still make a Celebrate Mabon! post. Apologies for the delay, but I just moved back to university this week and things have been hectic to say the least! These Celebrate …! posts give a basic overview of each of the Sabbats as they come along. I know quite a few people do this on tumblr, but I hope that my personal take on each of the Sabbats can be helpful and interesting to some of you.
Mabon, or the Autumn Equinox, is the second harvest festival on the wheel of the year. It is celebrated on the Autumn Equinox, around the 21st September in the Northern Hemisphere - or the 21st March in the Southern Hemisphere. The main themes of Mabon are celebrating the harvest, thanks-giving, and noticing the equal and balanced nature of light and dark during this time.
Mabon marks the first day of autumn, and after today the nights will grow longer and colder. It is the seperation point between the two halves of the year. The name Mabon refers to a figure from Welsh mythology and Arthurian legend, Mabon ap Modron. Autumn Equinox was given the name Mabon by Aiden Kelly in 1970.
Because Mabon marks the descent into autumn and colder weather, now is a brilliant time for spells with the themes of self-reflection, thanks-giving, altruism, balancing and grounding.
Simple things to do on Mabon:
- Take time to pause and reflect on the year so far, write down what things have gone well, what things were disappointing, and what you can learn from each event
- Perform a simple thanks-giving ritual
- Think of those who are in need and have less than you, in what ways - practical and spiritual - can you help?
- Perform balancing and grounding spells
- Perform family focused magic
- Decorate your altar or workspace with autumn leaves, conkers and acorns
- Cook with warming spices such as cinnamon, as well as apples, pumpkins, squash
- The use of red, brown and gold colours
- Spending time with family, cooking a family meal
- Use of amber, tigers eye, citrine, yellow aventurine
“When autumn gathers, the tree that the leaves sang, reddens dark slowly, then, suddenly free, turns like a key, opening air where they hang.” - Annie Finch