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Mabon

Known as the pagan Thanksgiving, Mabon marks the Autumn Equinox, when day and night are equal, making it a time of balance, equality and harmony.  In ancient times Mabon was a celebration of the second harvest when farmers gathered hearty foods like gourds, pumpkins, grapes and apples. 


Modern Mabon celebrations are a time to give thanks for the abundance of Mother Earth - both literally and spiritually.  It’s also a good time to reflect on the Wheel of the Year, recognizing your successes and letting go of the things that did not serve you during the past twelve months. 


Modern Pagans began celebrating Mabon as the last of the eight Sabbats in the 1970s, but its roots as a harvest festival go back to ancient times.

Named after the ancient Welsh hero named Mabon ap Modron, which means Son of Mother, Mabon is the second of three harvest festivals that take place in the Wheel of the Year. Similar to Apollo, the figure of Mabon was depicted as a handsome youth with a lyre. As a baby Mabon was said to have been held hostage as a baby in the underworld, similar to the story of Persephone and Demeter.  

Indeed, the Greek goddess Demeter is much more closely associated with the Autumn harvest, as it was her grief at losing her daughter that turned the earth from lush abundance to barren cold.

 

SETTING INTENTIONS AT MABON 

As the Wheel of the year comes to an end, Mabon is a good time to set intentions that involve decrease and reduction such as ending bad relationships, unhealthy habits or self destructive beliefs. 


MABON SYMBOLS

Symbols: Cornucopia (horn of plenty), pinecones, seeds

Colors: Orange, red, yellow, brown, copper, dark yellow, dark green 

Foods: Corn, beans, squash, apples, pumpkins, cider, root vegetables, pomegranate, wine   

Herbs: Yarrow, rosemary, sage, mugwort, rosehips,   

Stones: Amber, citrine, cat’s eye, aventurine, sapphire, jasper 

Flowers: Sunflowers, thistle, marigolds 

Deities: Mabon, Green Man, Demeter, Persephone, Morgan, Pomona, Inanna 

Animals: Owl, stag, blackbird, salmon.


HOW TO CELEBRATE MABON  

One of the easiest (and most fun IMO) ways to celebrate Mabon is decorating your home for autumn.  I like to bring in both fresh and dried flowers and gourds to place throughout my kitchen and other living spaces. I’m lucky to have my own cutting flowers and trees to collect acorns and pinecones from.  If you don’t have access to your own greenery, a visit to the local farmer’s market or even a short walk in the woods can provide plenty of Mabon decorations for your home. 

For many families Mabon falls right at the start of the school year and it can be hard to plan a big celebration, especially if it falls during the mid week. If that’s the case with your family, know that there is nothing wrong with celebrating Mabon with a simple family meal at the end of a busy day.  You can dress up your table with a bouquet of fresh flowers or some candles. Take turns saying what you are grateful for and what you hope to accomplish in the coming year.   


MORE EASY WAYS TO CELEBRATE MABON

  • Host a bonfire for friends and family 

  • Decorate your porch or entryway with traditional autumn greenery 

  • Write down all your blessings from the past year in a journal 

  • Go apple picking 

  • Have a picnic

  • Clean your house and get rid of stagnant or negative energy 

  • Host a potluck Mabon dinner with your favorite people 


Mabon House Tip: Who needs another busy holiday to stress over? A simple Mabon celebration you can do at bedtime is light a candle, close your eyes and breathe deeply for five minutes, giving thanks for all your blessings. 

Zema 💜

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