7 Ways to Honor Mabon

August 27, 2018

7 Ways to Honor Mabon

Mabon is the celebration of the Autumnal Equinox. It is as much a solar physical event when the Sun crosses the earth’s equator as it is a spiritual one. Mabon is also the second harvest festival, marking the time when the fields are almost empty and we pause to once again give thanks for the bounty the earth has provided us in the form of physical sustenance. The Equinox dates flex each year, this year it falls on Saturday, Sept 22nd 9:54pm EST.

 A Brief History of Mabon/ the Autumnl Equinox

The term ‘Mabon’ is actually a very modern name for the Autumnal Equinox, only being applied to the event circa 1970. This name was taken from the Welsh figure Mabon ap Modron, but there is no evidence to suggest Mabon being used as the name for the Autumnal Equinox by any ancient Celtic or other cultures. The Autumnal Equinox has been observed and celebrated by most cultures throughout the world, and throughout time. The pre-Celtic peoples who occupied ancient Britain and Ireland built massive stone cairns & other stone structures that are aligned with and illuminated on the equinoxes. Native American tribes in both North and South America also built structures that aligned with the equinox. Clearly throughout history and the world Equinoxes always held spiritual significance.

 The Lessons of Mabon

At Mabon we begin to turn further inward toward rest. Most of the harvest is complete and it is yet again time to give thanks with feast and family. It is a time to realign ourselves with the cycle of the seasons as we prepare to meet the coming darkness. It’s a time to take pause and ground before the arduous shadow work of Samhain begins. Be mindful of yourself- your feelings, your thoughts, ideas, wants, needs, desires and energy. It is another opportunity to look back over the year and evaluate what did and did not work out for us this year. What can you adjust for a better outcome next time? Evaluate your spiritual practice; are you connecting to yourself? The earth? The divine? What can you do to strengthen these connections, to go deeper and become wiser?

Mabon is also a time for REST. Rest after the busy spring and summer season, a time to regenerate after the lessons we learned this year. To accept the things in life that have happened this seasonal cycle, that every decision we made has had an action and consequence and that we cannot change what is, we can only work toward acceptance and move past it.

 

Ideas for Celebrating Mabon

  1. Create a Mabon Altar! This is one of my favorite altars of the year. Try burlap as an altar cloth and place seasonal flowers, leaves, fruits and vegetables as décor on the altar. These do not NEED to be real although gourds keep really well! Use orange, red, yellow, plum, cream or brown candles. We created beautiful Mabon Candles in these shades this year! 

 

  1. Cook up a Harvest Feast. Roasted chicken or turkey is appropriate as a main dish. Cranberry sauce, potato dishes, pumpkin and squash items, French onion soup, stew, apple & pumpkin pies are all great ideas. Have ritual then feast! Include your family or children in these traditions. Here is one of my all-time favorite Mabon beverage Recipes:

 

 Mabon Wine Moon Cider

4 cups apple cider 1/2 tsp. whole cloves

4 cups grape juice additional cinnamon sticks

2 cinnamon sticks for cups, 6 inches long

1 tsp allspice

In a 4-quart saucepan, heat cider and grape juice. Add cinnamon, allspice and cloves.

Bring just to boiling. Lower heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Makes 8 cups.

 

  1. Call upon the elementals and honor them for their help with (N-earth) the home and finances, (E-air) school and knowledge, (S-fire) careers and accomplishments, (W-water) emotional balance and fruitful relationships.

 

  1. Do some “Autumn Cleaning”. Get rid of any energetic or emotional baggage that is causing you to be unbalanced. Meditate on the people, situations and emotions that you need to balance out or be rid of to find that balance. Sit at your altar and light a white and black candle along with a Sage Stick and ask: “A balance of night and day, a balance of light and dark Tonight I seek balance in my life”

 

  1. Sit with your family and take turns naming the things you are blessed with and thankful for. Alternatively, you can make a list of these and thank the gods/divine/universe for all that it has bestowed upon you.

 

  1. Take a walk in the woods and observe how nature is changing. Collect and bring home any items you feel drawn to and place them on your Mabon altar.

 

  1. Have a formal Mabon Ritual. You can write your own or adapt one from a book or the internet. Whether your ritual is formal, informal large or small matters not. To honor Mabon we put together our Mabon Ritual Set which includes our Mabon CandleMabon Perfume, with notes of Apple, Vanilla, Barks & Spices, it is designed to honor balance and help you achieve harmony at this most potent time. You can wear this throughout the month to flow with the energies of balance. It also includes A piece of Sunstone + Moonstone for balance & a pack of our Mabon Incense. 

 Pause, Wild Ones, and enjoy the fruits of your labor. Happy Mabon!  



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