Merry Meet friends. Hope you all are having a wonderful late Summer. The sweltering heat finally let up here last week and we had several days of upper 70’s weather which was sooooo lovely and most welcomed! Now, hot, humid days are back…as expected 🙂 But now, things feel completely different. Autumn is coming slowly but surely. The Sun is setting earlier and rising later, the squirrels and chipmunks are gathering, I’m seeing more birds at the feeders. My Autumn Joy sedum is turning from green to rusty orange, our tall grasses are turning yellow, and we are seeing Deer everywhere around our neighborhood. My thoughts are turning to the last harvest of my herbs, planting mums, comfort foods in the slow cooker, and I’m craving anything made from apples 🙂 Autumn, if you know me, is my very favorite time of year. It always has been. I live for crisp days, crunching leaves, autumnal color, wearing warm cozy sweaters and jackets, drinking hot spiced cider and having a fire..inside or out! Ahhhh..I just can’t wait!
“Mist blankets the morning garden and the empty fields; a last rose blooms slowly over the arbor by the backyard gate. Paintbox leaves fall to the ground under galoshes and the wheels of slicker-yellow school buses. Sweaters come out of cedar chests, soup pots simmer, and wild geese make their mercurial journey southward across the pale autumn sky.”
From Simple Wicca by Michelle Morgan
I love this description from this book…it so describes for me what is going on this time of year. The next Sabbat on the Witches Wheel of the Year…is Mabon. It’s the Autumn Equinox, the 2nd harvest festival. A time of great joy and thanksgiving, a time on the Earth when, again, night and day are in equal balance. In ancient times, people took a respite from their labors in the orchards and fields, and spent time feasting and giving thanks for the Earth’s bounty. Wine and apples were offered as gifts to the Goddess, who is moving into her Crone age, as the Sun God dies and prepares to be re-birthed.
At Mabon, as the nights get longer, the harvest is stored for the long, cold winter. Pantries are stocked with the last of summer’s riches. The fruits and vegetables are canned, preserved, and stored against winter’s chill. Any projects started in the summer are finished up before the snows come. Wood is cut and seasoned for cozy Winter fires. Garden beds are mulched over and prepped for next year. Rakes are pulled out and the first leaves are turning vivid colors. It’s a busy time of year..but also a time to prepare to be inside more, to rest and reflect on the year so far. It’s also a time for family and friends to enjoy the last of the warm days and the fresh foods from their gardens.
Mabon correspondences are as follows:
*Symbolism– Second harvest, the mysteries, Equality, balance, death of the God, assumption of the Crone, balance of light and dark, increased darkness, grape harvest, preparation for Winter, Pagan day of Thanksgiving.
*Symbols/Tools/Decorations– Wine, gourds, pine cones, acorns, grains, corn, apples, vines Pomegranates, horns of plenty, Indian corn, autumn flowers, red fruits, hazelnuts, Colorful leaves, grapes, harvested crops.
*Herbs– Acorn, benzoin, ferns, grains, honeysuckle, marigold, myrrh, rose, sage, solomon’s seal thistle, tobacco, milkweed, astor, passionflower, hazel, hops, cedar.
*Incense/Oils– Benzoin, myrrh, sage (Autumn blend) pine, sweetgrass, apple blossom, jasmine, frankincense, patchouli, cinnamon, clove.
*Colors– Red, orange, russet, maroon, brown, gold, green, scarlet, yellow, purple, indigo.
*Crystals/Stones– Sapphire, lapis lazuli, and yellow agate, carnelian, yellow topaz, amethyst
*Customs/Activities– Making wine, gathering dried herbs, plants, offerings to land, bringing in the harvest, offering libations to trees and land, walking in the woods, decorating burial sites with apples, leaves, acorns, and pine cones to honor the dead, gather seed pods, fishing, harvest crops by the Harvest moon.
*Foods– Breads, nuts, apples, pomegranates, root vegetables, wheat products, cornbread, grains, berries, nuts, grapes, acorns, seeds, dried fruits, corn, squash, wine, ale, cider.
*Gods– Mabon, Thoth, Thor, Hermes, The Green Man, Sky Father, Hermes, Dionysus, Bacchus, the Corn Man, aging Gods.
*Goddesses– Morgan, Epona, Persephone, Pamona, the Muses, Triple Goddess-Mother aspect, Demeter, aging and harvest Dieties.
*Spellwork/Ritual– Protection, prosperity, security, harmony, balance, self-confiden introspection, the Celtic Festival of the Vine.
There is so much to do to celebrate this wonderful Sabbat. Have a Autumn themed feast with friends and family. Decorate your home with garlands of leaves, pumpkins, gourds, bittersweet vines, cat tails and apples. A soup party is easy to do….just make a couple pots of different soups. Serve soup toppers like shredded cheese and crackers. Have hot apple cider and cherry or apple crisp and warm crusty bread. Have a bonfire for them to gather round. They will remember this harvest night.
You could host or attend a wine-tasting party in honor of Dionysus, Roman God of Wine, who is traditionally celebrated at the Autumn Equinox. Have the women in the family over to your house, to make apple or pumpkin butter, applesauce, jams and jellies…… send some home with everyone for their pantry. Go for a nature walk, collect beautiful fallen leaves, acorns, pine cones, bittersweet, grapevine..things you use to make a beautiful Autumn wreath for your front door. Or fill a wooden bowl with a beautiful candle and place your finds around the candle and put it in the center of your table. Rake leaves into a pile and let the kids jump in and take some great pictures! Go to a “you pick” apple farm and come home with a peck to make a delicious pie! Go on a hayride or go thru a corn maze with the kids. Wrap up in a blanket and watch the Harvest Moonrise with someone you love. Autumn is such a beautiful time of year..don’t let a minute of it pass you by without enjoying it!
Mabon is a good time to meditate and reflect on your year so far, what you would like to see manifest in your life in the next year. Spend some time on yourself. Read those books you’ve always wanted to read, start that new project, learn a new hobby or language (I would love to learn Gaelic! ) or take a course in tarot or runes or herbology. You will be less busy when you aren’t working outside as much..take advantage of it…for your own good 🙂 Mabon is also a good time to set up new protections around your home. To do prosperity spells or to focus on getting balance in your life. Airing out your house from being closed up all Summer, some Fall cleaning, and giving your home a good cleansing before it’s too cold to have the window’s open…. is a good idea too.
I’ll be posting more Mabon info in the next couple of weeks. Recipes, ritual, and altar pics as usual. For now, I wish you a wonderful weekend and entreat you to enjoy these last warm days…as I feel it in my bones that Autumn is not far away!
Much love and Blessings, Autumn