September 22nd 2013*
Autumn Equinox, 2nd Harvest
Pronounced MAY-bun, MAH-boon, MAY-bone, or MAH-bawn
At the Autumn Equinox day and night are equal. We all take this time to prepare our selves for the coming dark of winter.
We also cherish the waning sunlight and the days remaining as we store our harvest of the year's crops.
We honor the Green Man, the God of the Forest, by making offering to sacred trees. Offerings of ciders, herbs, wines, and fertilizer are fitting for this time.
As Wiccans we celebrate the aging Goddess as she passes from Mother to Crone, and her consort the Horned God as He prepares for death and re-birth.
Mabon is a time to wear all of your fine clothes and robes to feast and celebrate in a bountiful setting as we prepare for the ending of the year at Samhain.
It is a time to finish old tasks and projects as we ready for a period of rest, repose, and reflection.
Mabon Symbols: all harvest symbols, horns of plenty, corn, oak sprigs, wreaths, autumn flowers, red poppies, nuts, grains, leaves, acorns, pine and cypress cones, vine, grapes, cornucopia, apples, marigolds, harvested crops. wine, gourds
Colors : Dark Red Orange, , Indigo, Maroon and Brown Yellow,.
Goddesses: Modron (Welsh), Morgan(Welsh- Cornish), Bona Dea, Epona (Celtic-Gaulish), Persephone, Demeter Pamona(Roman), the Muses(Greek) the Wicker-Man, the Corn Man, Thoth(Egyptian), Hermes, Thor, Dionysus(Roman),
Gods: Modron(Welsh), Mabon, Bacchus(Greek) and all wine deities.
Altar Decorations: autumn leaves, pinecones, acorns, pomegranate, statue of the Triple Goddess in her Mother aspect.
Mabon Herbs: rue, rosemary, marigold, passionflower, sage, yarrow, saffron, chamomile, walnut leaves and husks, almond leaves.
Foods for Mabon: cornbread, wheat baked goods, berries, nuts, grapes, acorns, seeds, dried fruits, beans, squash, roots (ie onions, carrots, potatoes, etc), corn, onions, potatoes hops, apples, pomegranates, carrots, roast goose or lamb, wine, beer/ale and ciders, breads, apples, pomegranates
Incense : pine, sweet grass, patchouli, jasmine, oak moss apple blossom, cinnamon, clove, myrrh, frankincense.
Mabon Stones : During Mabon, stones ruled by the Sun will facilitate bringing the Sun's energy to you and your loved ones: clear quartz, amber, diamond, gold, citrine, yellow topaz, cat's-eye, aventurine.
Spells for Mabon: prosperity, protection, security, and self-confidence and spells of balance and harmony.
Incantation for Mabon feast:
Bless this bounty before us
for which we are thankful.
We have so many blessings
for these we are thankful.
Yet others must live without
by this we are humbled.
We make this offering in their name
to the gods and goddesses who watch over us,
that those in need someday
are blessed as we are this day.
Incantation for Balance:
Equal night and day
we celebrate the balance of Mabon,
and ask the goddesses and gods to bless us.
For that which is bad, there is good.
For that which is hopelessness, there is hope.
For that which is pain, there is love.
For that which has fallen shall rise again.
May we find balance in our hearts and in our lives.
*Autumn Equinox information and dates for other years.Reni