Sunday 1st April 2013. This is late as I have been away on holidays.
Autumn Equinox- usually around the 21st March depending on the alignment of the stars etc. It has been written that this term Mabon was used the first time in 1970. It is honouring the second harvest festival and the changing of the seasons. Of course the night hours equals the daylight hours. The balance is present. Many traditions/religions have a festival or ritual connected to this time of the year.
Myths and stories of this time is connected to the death and rebirth as the earth is getting ready for Winter and summer is dying. Depending on your path with depend on how you celebrate this Sabbat. For me personally I thank the Goddess for the bounty of summer. As I am currently feeling drawn to Morrigan I haven’t made a connection this Sabbat.
Traditional Activities of Mabon include making wine, gathering herbs, plants, seeds and seed 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 over.
Plants for Mabon: Hazel, corn, Aspen, Acorns, Oak sprigs, Autumn leaves, Wheat stalks, Cypress cones, Pine cones.
Foods for Mabon: Grains, fruit, vegetables, corn, corn bread, beans, cider, harvest foods.
Stones: Emerald, Jade.
Colours: Red, Orange, Yellow, Brown.
Pagan beliefs: The Goddess is the mother of Earth, God is a shadowy presence
Mabon Goddesses – Morgan, Epona, Lilitu, The Muses, Sophia.
Mabon Gods – Dionysus, Bacchus, Hermes, Horned God, Mabon, Thoth.
2 parts Frankincense
1 part Sandalwood
1 part Cypress
1 part Juniper
1 part Pine
1/2 part Oakmoss (or a few drops Oakmoss bouquet)
1 pinch pulverized Oak leaf
Autumn Equinox Ritual Potpourri
45 drops Honeysuckle Oil
1 cup Oak Moss
6 small Acorns
2 cups dried Oak Leaves
2 cups dried Honeysuckle
1 cup dried Passionflower
1 cup dried Rosebuds and Petals
1/2 cup dried Pine Needles
1 tablespoon Sage
Mix the honeysuckle oil with the oak moss and then add the remaining ingredients. Stir the potpourri well and store in a tightly covered ceramic or glass container.
A simple chant to use-
“Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter, all things pass, all things fade, all things die”
An alter can be places in the West the place of the sunset. Our candles should be brown. We can decorate circle with autumn flowers, acorns, gourds, corn sheaves and fall leaves. Our scared space should be representing what we see in the season around us.
Often we follow our traditions based on the Northern Hemisphere, Its important in my mind and heart to follow what I see when I stand outside. This includes the harvest produce.