The Witches Hat.
MABON is one of the eight annual holidays, referred to as ‘Sabbats’, which are observed as part of the Wiccan Wheel of the Year. Mabon/Autumn Equinox (22nd September). Solstices occur when the Sun enters Capricorn and Cancer; Equinoxes when the Sun enters Aries and Libra.
This is a time of balance, at the Autumn Equinox, the Sun enters the sign of Libra bringing balance and harmony and, of course, change and transformation. Autumn is a season of reflection, darkness is growing and daylight wanes this is the doorway to winter. The harvest has been gathered and safely stored.
Mabon is a time to prepare for winter, to release the past and move forward. At this time when day and night are in balance, it is a time for us to reconcile our opposites and understand that they are part of the whole use this time to embrace the whole of ourselves, honour them, accept them and celebrate the season, which allows us a chance to start again.
The Goddess slowly withdraws from the land to reside in the Underworld, awaiting the birth of her child at Yule. At Her departure, the Earth withers and dies and the trees burst into fiery colour like torches, marking her departure until Her Spring return.
The gathering in of the Harvest was a time for rituals to the Corn Spirit and Mother Earth. The last sheaf gathered in by the harvesters was sometimes known as Bride or the Corn Maiden, corresponding to the Spring Goddess, Brigide and was wrapped in magic. In Scotland, the Harvest Supper was known as the Feast of the Maiden, the man who cut the last sheaf was known as the ‘Lord of the Harvest’ and given the seat of honour next to the Master (the farmer who laid on the supper for his workers). The young woman who had made the Corn Dolly sat next to him as ‘the Lady’ – she was treated with the greatest respect and the man was treated as her consort. After eating and drinking, there would be dancing and singing until dawn.
Old Harvest customs have gradually waned to be replaced by the Christian Harvest Festival. However, the Pagan rites survive and flourish.
Gods and Goddesses of Mabon- Lord of the Underworld, Queen of the Dead, Persephone, Osiris.
Mabon Incense – Pine Resin, Oak Bark, Blackberry Leaves, Patchouli, Dried Apple.
Candle Colours – Orange, Brown.
Organic Materials- Nuts, Apples, Seasonal Vegetation.
Mabon Harvest Display – Collect Autumn leaves, nuts, seeds, fruits and berries and display on cloths of Autumnal colours or woven baskets decorated with ribbons, proudly display in your house.
Prepare a hearty Autumn Equinox feast for friends and family. Place your Corn Dolly in the seat of honour, be sure to give thanks for the bounties of life and the Earth.
Make fruit wines, jams and preserves, reflecting the abundance of the season.
Wash your crystals and put them out under the Harvest Full Moon to recharge.
Make time for meditation and connection to your inner self.
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