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Autumn Equinox/Mabon


MABON (May-bon, MAY-bone, MAY-bawn, May-bun, MAH-bawn, MAH-boon)

named after the Celtic God, Mabon. 

Also known as Harvest Home, Harvest Moon, Winter Finding, Harvest Tide, 2nd Harvest, Fruit Harvest, Foghar, Wine Harvest, Alban Elfed. 

Mabon is a Lesser Wiccan Sabbat, and is celebrated around the 21st September in the Northern Hemisphere 

Mabon is the Autumn Equinox, the second time in the year where day is as long as the night, the other being Ostara, the Spring Equinox. It is also time of the second and largest harvest. 

The Crone aspect of the Goddess is celebrated, as She changes from Mother. This is the time the God prepares for his death and the Goddess mourns his going. Honour the ageing deities. 

It is a time of balance, but where dark is taking over from light. 

Give thanks for all you have and enjoy. Although we probably have not been working in the fields to bring in our harvests, we can give thanks for life. We can give thanks and enjoy our own personal harvests, raising our families, working hard in our jobs, working in our gardens, or simply just getting on with our lives! It is time to finish old projects, and start new ones. Let go of any regrets, and old arguments, put mistakes behind you and move on. 

Mabon Activities 

Share your good fortune if you can, and give to a homeless shelter, refuge, or another cause close to your heart. 

Write a list of all things you are grateful for, small and big. Keep it handy, you can add to it whenever you want. 

Enjoy a walk and collect things from nature, leaves, acorns, seed pods, etc.. Take them home to decorate your altar or your living space. 

Give your home an Autumn 'Spring' clean, then ritually smudge and bless each room with Sage or Sweet-grass. 

Try your hand at making wine, you can use practically anything! 

Have a feast with family and friends. 

Stones Associated With Mabon 

Aventurine, Citrine, Lapis Lazuli, Clear Quartz, Amber, Cats-Eye, Gold, Yellow Topaz, Diamond, Peridot, Yellow Agate, Carnelian, Smoky Quartz. 

Incense For Mabon 

Sage, Pine, Myrrh, Sweet-grass, Marigold, Fern, Passionflower, Frankincense, Jasmine, Cinnamon, Benzoin, Cedar. 

Herbs Associated With Mabon 

Yarrow, Marigold, Rue, Passionflower, Nutmeg, Almond Leaves, Sunflower, Rose Hips, Oak, Saffron, Ferns, Milkweed, Honeysuckle, Bittersweet, Wheat, Pepper, Solomon's Seal, Thistle, Rose, Sage, Frankincense, Benzoin, Myrrh, Rosemary, Orris Root, Hazel, Mugwort, Rowan Berries, Elderberry, Balm of Gilead, Hops, Cinnamon, Marigold, Nettle,. 

Colours Associated With Mabon 

Gold, Orange, Russet, Red, Maroon, Brown, Burgundy, Deep Purple. 

Spells For Mabon 

Security, Protection, Health, Wealth, Prosperity, Self Confidence, and bringing balance to your home or a situation. 

Symbols Associated With Mabon 

Apples, Gourds, Vines, Horns of Plenty, Pine Cones, Wine, Corn, Dried Seeds, Grains, Acorns, Pomegranates, Vines. 

Apples are a perfect symbol of Mabon, and are associated with magic and wisdom. 

Hot Apple Cider 

Heat cider to just below boiling temperature and add Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Cloves, Orange, or other spices. 

Apple Candle-holder 

Choose an apple and give it a polish with a soft cloth to make it shiny. Hollow out the core to the depth and width that your candle will fit in safely. Soak the hole with lemon juice to stop it going brown, and stop it softening out too quickly, pour out the lemon juice. Dry the hole, and if you like, add a sprig of herbs of your choice, secure the candle with a few drops of candle wax. This could also be made with Squash or Gourds.