Mabon coincides with the Autumnal
Equinox, Mea’n Fo’mhair
and this day sees light and dark in balance again before the dark days begin. This
was a solar festival of significant importance to the ancient Irish, who used
the sky as both clock and calendar. Several Neolithic (Stone Age) temples were
built devoted to the equinox as a method of time keeping. We celebrate the
bounty of the earth as we harvest her fruits. It’s a time of mysterious lore,
wisdom, equality and balance.
As it follows Lughnasadh, the first harvest, it is the
second harvest festival, celebrated with a feast to give thanks for the fruits
of the earth and to acknowledge the harsh times to come during the dark period.
The Irish Celts did not seem to have a specific name for this time of year. It
has become known as Mabon, but it is a recent neo-pagan name taken from the
Welsh mythological character Modron .
The Christian equivalent of the autumnal equinox is
Michaelmas, the feast of St. Michael the Archangel who defeated Lucifer and is
the protector against the dark of night. Showing once again, that as the Church
spread, to get pagans to assimilate as they converted them, they absorbed a
pagan holiday into their calendar.
Celebrate this day spiritually by seeking balance within
yourself as well as to seek balance in your outer world. A time to honor the
dark and the light. For without dark there can be no light. Meaning, the dark
is a time for regeneration and rebirth, coming forth in the light to grow.
To celebrate this day of balance and harvest decorate your
altar and home autumn leaves, grape vines, acorns, asters, ferns, honeysuckle,
milkweed, mums, pine, gourds, cinnamon sticks, corn sheaves, rose, and Indian
Corn hanging on the front door; with a cornucopia filled with apples and
Traditional foods are pies, nut breads, roast meats, and
hearty bean soups simmering on the stove. With cider as a beverage. Season the
food with the herbs you’ve grown.
Incenses to burn are myrrh, pine, sage, sweetgrass choose
the colors of gold, yellow, red, rust, and brown for the candles. Crystals that
help connect with the season are Aventurine, Amber, Amethyst, Carnelian, Clear
Quartz, Citrine, Lapis Lazuli, Sapphire, and Yellow Agate. Honor the spirit
animals of owl, eagle, wolf, raven and stag.
In the evening, bonfires to light the night in honor of the
long nights and short days to come with music, singing, dancing, and
May your month of Mabon be thankful and full of many
blessings my darlings …
Goddess of the Cosmos, Queen of the Faeries, Mistress of the
Dragons, Lady of the Mist
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