Merry Meet my friends! I am late posting a Mabon post this year but I have good reason! My Life has been crazy busy. We have been working hard on getting our house ready to sell. Also, we went on vacation last week! To Panama City Florida…my whole family…hubby, daughters, son-in-law and grandbabies. Took two friends with us as well to help care for my daughter Sara. We had a fabulous time….My Sea Witch Self re-emerged. Resting, relaxing, good eating, beautiful Sunrises and Sunsets, and a waning crescent Moon all made for great magick on the Beach! A good time was had by all..much needed with all we had been through this year.
We were thrilled to see we were coming home to beautiful, Autumn weather. Signs of Autumn are everywhere I look now. Windows and screen doors are open during the day and nights are cool. Leaves are starting to turn, gardens are losing their color, critters are busier, birds are flocking, stores are filled with Autumn and Halloween decorations. Mums, pumpkins and Fall flowers are showing up at garden centers. My mind is turning to my slow cooker, baking, cider and apples. My clothes are changing over to long sleeves and light jackets or sweaters..and yes..even flannel jammies 🙂 Wood is piled in the fireplace and outdoor fire pit..ready to go. Ahhhhh….I am maybe..just maybe..starting to forget (a little) how miserable Summer was with it’s sweltering Heat LOL. My soul soars at this wonderful time of year!
Mabon…the 2nd Harvest festival…is Saturday the 22nd. I love all the Harvest Sabbats and this one is no exception. I am planning a great meal, an outdoor by- the- fire ritual, and will be decorating my house for Autumn as well. For me, Mabon is the time to reflect on the coming dark Season. To finish up harvesting our gardens and herbs and putting our gardens to bed for the Winter. Putting the last of the bounty up..by canning or freezing. I start looking for projects to keep me busy as we come indoors more….like crochet, home projects, and of course Verbena Lane Botanicals is keeping me busy too 🙂 I also read more, journal more, work on my Book of Shadows etc…things that I can’t settle in to do during the Summer. Cooking and baking! This is my favorite time of year to cook….I’m perusing my recipe books like crazy already!
To get the Mabon Correpondences and recipes I’ve posted the last few years…just do a search in the archives. I don’t think I can top the recipes I posted last year but I’m searching out one or two more to post in the next day or so for you.
Mabon is a wonderful Sabbat….so much you can do to celebrate it. Go for a walk and see what treasures from Mother Earth you can find….acorns, feathers, pine cones, stones, nuts, berries, colored leaves…bring them home and throw them in a beautiful wooden bowl with a brown, red, or rust pillar candle in the middle. A beautiful centerpiece for your table or altar. Have a soup party or Oktoberfest party. Go pick your own apples and bake lots of yummy things with them. Take the kids to the pumpkin patch. Rake up the leaves and jump in them! I like to press beautiful leaves … then put them in a book, or frame or my Book of Shadows. Mabon is a great time of year to banish the old and tired and bring in the new…new projects, new energies, new abundance, new thought patterns. Learn something new….try something new! You will have more time to do it…well…hopefully 🙂
“Leaves fall,the days grow cold.
The Goddess pulls her mantle of Earth around Her
as You, O Great Sun God, sail toward the West
to the land of eternal enchantment,
wrapped in the coolness of night.
Fruits ripen,seeds drip,
the hours of day and night are balanced.”
– Mabon Sabbat and Lore
I hope you all have a wonderful week and would love to hear YOUR plans to celebrate this Sabbat. I am off to get out my favorite cookbooks and see what I can find 😉 Happy Moon day and Mabon Blessings!