Mabon: The Autumn Equinox
September 22nd, 2018
Festival of Harvest,
when day and night are equal
or if you’re in the Southern Hemisphere, Ostara Blessings!
Mabon is the Autumn Equinox, a time of equilibrium. Day and night are equal and we start moving away from more light and into the darkness. Mabon usually occurs on or around September 22nd, when the sun reaches 0 degrees of Libra.
While the Spring Equinox manifests the equilibrium before action, the Autumn Equinox represents the relaxation that comes after action. The abundance we’ve created for our self throughout the summer is coming to an ends. Now is the time to check in on your goals and see how far you have come. A time to take satisfaction in the work of the Summer and reap its benefits.
Mabon is a good time to cast spells of balance and harmony; and is also a time of change. Protection, wealth, and prosperity spells are appropriate as well.
All About That Balance...
The two Equinoxes are times of equilibrium. Day and night are equal and the tide of the year flows steadily. Mabon marks the 2nd 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.
Mabon marks the the last spoke in the the Wheel of the Year. From this day until the Winter Solstice, the Sun King's path arcs downward to the earth.
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.
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 is also a wonderful time to do magic spells that involve decrease or endings. Do you want to let go of self-destructive beliefs or behaviors? Lost weight? End an unfulfilling relationship? Now is the time to break old habits and patterns that have been limiting you. Anything you wish to eliminate from your life can now be released safely, before the new year begins with Samhain.
Create a Cornucopia
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. They performed divination to see whether their life in the past year had been pleasing to the deities. So throw some runes, or pull a tarot card on the evening of Mabon.
Mabon Magic Hot Apple Cider
"A magical Mabon beverage is hot apple cider. Apples rules the heart, and cider alone is a self-love potion. By spicing it with cinnamon, which is rules by Jupiter and the sun, we are in essence, ingesting the sunlight."
what you'll need:
-4 cups apple cider
-1/2 tsp whole cloves
-4 cups grape juice
what to do:
in a saucepan, heat the cider and grape juice.
add the cinnamon, allspice and cloves.
bring to boiling, then lower the heat and simmer for five minutes.
serve from a cauldron (obviously!)
Many Mabon/Ostara Blessings to you. Wishing you a fresh start & a clear sense of balance in your everyday life ⚫⚪🍁🧡