Mabon: The Autumn Equinox
September 21st, 2017
Festival of Harvest,
when day and night are equal
The two Equinoxes are times of equilibrium. Day and night are equal and the tide of the year flows steadily. While the Spring Equinox manifests the equilibrium before action, the Autumn Equinox represents the relaxation that comes after action. Mabon is known as 'the Witch's Thanksgiving': a time to appreciate and give thanks to the Goddess for her bounty, and to share in the joys of the harvest.
We celebrate the abundance of the Earth, and we make wine and/or jam from any excess fruit. That way, we can preserve the richness of the fruits of the Earth to give us joy throughout the year.
Mabon marks the completion of the harvest, and the balance of both light and dark and male and female. It also acknowledges the waning power of the sun; and the coming, once again, of the darkness.
Stones: clear quartz, amber, peridot, diamond, gold, citrine, yellow topaz, cat's eye, and aventurine
Symbols: cornucopias, apples, maroon and gold items, amber crystals, ivy, sage
Spells: of balance and harmony; and is also a time of change. Protection, wealth and prosperity spells are appropriate as well.
Mabon Ritual: Create your own cornucopia and place it on your personal altar to attract prosperity. Fill it with dried sprigs of sage, rosemary, thyme, mugwort, parsley, and other sacred plans such as acorns, which are associated with well-being, prosperity and good fortune. Dedicate the cornucopia as a tool of abundance, then place deep within it a handwritten wish. Keep the cornucopia in a visible place so that you see it every day.
Take actions that will help your wish come into being. When it has, give thanks by offering the cornucopia contents to a sacred fire or by burying them in the ground.
Divination: The Norse believed that your fate for the coming year was sealed at this time. Throw some runes, or pull a tarot card on the evening of Mabon.
Credit: WITCH by Lisa Lister