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Mabon/Autumn Equinox Lore

Mabon/Autumn Equinox Lore
By Akasha

Mabon, (pronounced MAY-bun, MAY-bone, MAH-boon, or MAH-bawn) is the Autumn Equinox. The Autumn Equinox divides the day and night equally, and we all take a moment to pay our respects to the impending dark. We also give thanks to the waning sunlight, as we store our harvest of this year’s crops. The Druids call this celebration, Mea’n Fo’mhair, and honor the The Green Man, the God of the Forest, by offering libations to trees. Offerings of ciders, wines, herbs and fertilizer are appropriate at this time. Wiccans celebrate the aging Goddess as she passes from Mother to Crone, and her consort the God as he prepares for death and re-birth.Various other names for this Lesser Wiccan Sabbat are The Second Harvest Festival, Wine Harvest, Feast of Avalon, Equinozio di Autunno (Strega), Alben Elfed (Caledonii), or Cornucopia. The Teutonic name, Winter Finding, spans a period of time from the Sabbat to Oct. 15th, Winter’s Night, which is the Norse New Year.At this festival it is appropriate to wear all of your finery and dine and celebrate in a lavish setting. It is the drawing to and of family as we prepare for the winding down of the year at Samhain. It is a time to finish old business as we ready for a period of rest, relaxation, and reflection.

Gods and Goddesses of Mabon

Some appropriate Goddesses: all grape, berry, fruit, and vegetable Goddesses; Ceres (Roman), Demeter (Greek), Harmonia (Greek), Ma’at (Egyptian), Modron (Welsh), Nikkal (Canaanite), Pomona (Greek), Persephone (Greek), Prosperpina (Roman), Rennutet (Egyptian)

Some appropriate Gods: all wine, fruit, and harvest Gods; Bacchus (Roman), Dionysus (Greek), The Great Horned God (European), Hauran (Canaanite), Hermes (Greek), Iacchus (Greek), Mabon (Welsh), Shai (Egyptian), Vertumnus (Roman), Yerikh (Canaanite)

Herbs of Mabon

Acorn, benzoin, ferns, grains, honeysuckle, marigold, milkweed, myrrh, passionflower, rose,sage, solomon’s seal, tobacco, thistle, and vegetables.

Mabon Incense
By Scott Cunningham

2 parts Frankincense
1 part Sandalwood
1 part Cypress
1 part Juniper
1 part Pine
2 part Oakmoss
1 pinch pulverized Oak Leaf

Stones of Mabon

Carnelian, lapis lazuli, sapphire, yellow agate

Foods of Mabon

Breads, nuts, apples, pomegranates, and vegetables such as potatoes, carrots, and onions.

Harvest Morning Muffins

3 eggs
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 cup grated apples
1 cup grated carrots
1 cup whole-wheat flour
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tbs. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. cinnamon

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Lightly grease a 12-muffin tin or line it with paper liners. Set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer, blend the eggs, sugar and oil until well combined. Stir in the grated apples and carrots. In a separate bowl, sift the flours, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Blend the dry ingredients with the apple mixture until just combined. Spoon the batter into the muffin tins and bake for 25 minutes.
Makes 12 muffins.

Mabon Caramel Apples

1 package Kraft* Caramels
6 red or green apples, destemmed
6 popsicle sticks

Melt caramels slowly in a double boiler. When runny in consistency, stick popsicle sticks into top center of apple, and dip apple into caramel sauce, making sure to cover entire apple with a coating of caramel. Place dipped apples, stick up on wax paper covered cookie sheet an refrigerate till caramel hardens.

Makes 6 servings.

Remember, an apple a day keeps the dentist, doctor, and dermatologist away!!!!

Mabon Altar

  • Colors: Red, orange, russet, maroon, brown, and gold.
  • Decorations: hazel, corn, aspen, acorns, oak sprigs, autumn leaves, wheat stalks, cypress cones, pine cones, harvest gleanings, grapes, wine, vines, garlands, gourds, burial cairns, rattles, horns of plenty, Indian corn, Sun wheels

Spellworkings of Mabon

Protection, prosperity, security, and self-confidence. Also those of harmony and balance.

Activities for Mabon

  • A  traditional practice is to walk wild places and forests, gathering seed pods and dried  plants. Some of these can be used to decorate the home; others saved for future herbal magick.
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Mabon/Autumn Equinox Rituals

Mabon/Autum Equinox Solitary Ritual

Special Notes: Balance of light and dark. Time of rest after labor, completion of the harvest, thanksgiving. A good time for meditations on reincarnation in preparation for Ancestor Night or Halloween (Samhain).

Altar Supplies:

Incense and burner
Chalice of water and salt
Pentacle and dagger (or sword)
4 Element candles
Chalice of wine and wand
Autumn-colored ribbons tied on the dagger
Autumn leaves for decoration.
Three candles (white, red, black) set around the cauldron.
Ivy in the cauldron.

Working

Cast your circle

Light the three candles around the cauldron. Say:

 

I call upon the blessed Lady, queen of the harvest,
Giver of life and plenty since before time began.
Bestow upon me your joy and beauty, power and prosperity.
I do ask.

Salute the ivy-filled cauldron with your dagger or sword. Say:

I call upon the Lord of the harvest, sacred King,
giver of riches and protection since before time began
Bestow upon me your strength and laughter, power and prosperity,
I do ask.

Take the ribbon-tied dagger in your power hand, the wine chalice in the other. Say:

Always has life fulfilled its cycle and led to
Life anew in the eternal chain of the living.
In honor of the Old Gods, I mark the fullness
Of my life and the harvest of this year’s lessons.

Walk three times clockwise around the circle, beginning in the east. Chant:

The year-wheel turns, and bounty comes.

Move back to the altar and lay aside the dagger. Set the wine chalice briefly on the pentacle. As you make the following toast, raise the chalice high each time before taking a sip.

To the good seasons that have gone,
And to the good ones yet to come.
Blessed Be!

To the Goddess! May she bring peace
And fulfillment to all her children.
Blessed Be!

To the God! May he protect his followers
And bring me prosperity and happiness.
Merry meet, merry part, and merry meet again!
Blessed Be.


Another Mabon/Autumn Equinox Solitary Ritual

Tools

A red apple
A bolline

Working

Place the apple and the bolline on the pentacle. Cast the circle. Face the altar with arms stretched out above your head, and say: 

“I honor You, Autumn Queen, and Your consort, the God of the Harvest.
The Wheel has once more turned, and the change of season begins.
What will be is. What was will be.
The Equinox is upon us, and the time to reflect is at hand.
And I, but a moment in time,
Feel the change as we pass from one season to the next.
The second Harvest has been reaped, and the time of rest is deserved.”
“Leaves fall, the days grow cold.
The Goddess pulls her mantle of Earth around Her
As You, O Great Sun God, sail toward the West
To the lands of eternal enchantment,
Wrapped in the coolness of night.
Fruits ripen, seeds drop,
The hours of day and night are balanced.
Chill winds blow in from the North wailing laments.
In this seeming extinction of nature’s power,
O Blessed Goddess, I know that life continues.
For spring is impossible without the second harvest,
As surely as life is impossible without death.
Blessings upon You, O Fallen God,
As You journey into the lands of winter
And into the Goddess’ loving arms.”

With arms still outstretched lower your head and close your eyes. Contemplate what you have just spoken. When ready, open your eyes and lower your arms. Pick up the apple and place it in the center of the pentacle. Cut it crosswise with the Bolline, to reveal the natural pentagram at its core. Then lift half the apple, pentagram up, as if in offering, while saying:

“As the Wheel turns, the seasons pass,
And the years give way to the next,
Guide me most Wise Ones, lest I forget
Every beginning has an ending
And every ending is a new beginning.”

Take a bite of the apple. Put the rest aside to share later with the wildlife. Close your eyes and feel the seasons pass within the circle from summer to autumn. When ready, say:

Between the worlds I stand in this sacred place.
All time is here and now.
As I leave this circle, the season shall have changed.
May I use the wintertime
To draw strength and power from within
As I quest for vision, understanding, and peace.”

Ring the bell thrice with your right hand, to toll the passing of the first three seasons of the year. Then ring it once with your left hand, to usher in the forth and last season of the year.

“In Life is Death, and in Death is Life.
The Sacred Dance goes on and on
From whence we came, we shall return,
And come again.
Seasons pass, and pass again,
The circle stays unbroken
Heed the words of Your child, here,
Through Your wisdom I have spoken.”

Meditation.Cakes and Ale.Close the circle.


Mabon Solitary Ritual

Tools

Incense
Candles (appropriate to the holiday)
Decorations

Preparation

  • Decorate the altar with acorns, oak sprigs, pine and cypress cones, ears of corn, wheat stalks and other fruits and nuts. Also place there a small rustic basket filled with dried leaves of various colors and kinds.
  • Arrange the altar, light the candles and censer.

Working

  1. Cast the Circle
  2. Recite the Blessing Chant.
  3. Invoke the Goddess and God.
  4. Stand before the altar, holding aloft the basket of leaves, and slowly scatter them so they cascade to the ground within the circle.

Leaves fall,
the days grow cold.
The Goddess pulls Her mantle of the Earth around Her as You,
O Great Sun God,
sail toward the West to the lands of
Eternal Enchantment.,
wrapped in the coolness of night.
Fruits ripen,
seeds drop,
the hours of day and night are balanced.
Chill winds blow in from the North wailing laments.
In this seeming extinction of nature’s power,
O Blessed Goddess,
I know that life continues.
For spring is impossible without the second harvest,
as surely as life is impossible without death.
Blessings upon You,
O Fallen God,
as You journey into the lands of winter
and into the Goddess’ loving arms.

Place the basket down and say

O Gracious Goddess of all fertility,
I have sown and reaped the fruits of my actions, good and bane.

Grant me the courage to plant seeds of joy and love in the coming year,
banishing misery and hate.
Teach me the secrets of wise existence upon this planet,
O Luminous One of the Night!

  1. Works of magick, if necessary, may follow.
  2. Celebrate the Simple Feast.
  3. The circle is released.
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