Mabon is the time of the full equinox the balance between night & day are again equal. This is also the time of the second harvest also known as the witches harvest. The God grows very old & the Goddess is the crone. The symbolism of yin/yang here embodies the equal stages of the God & Goddess. A perfect balance between the masculine & the feminine.
The Mabon Altar
- Decorate with the colours present in nature at this time
- Place harvest foods on the altar (fruit, grains)
- Baked goods ideally created with the harvest foods
- Watch the sun rise & sun set.
- Harvest the fruits of trees (orchard trees)
- Make applesauce
- Make spell stars (biscuits using pentagram stamp) & a harvest wreath (use things found in nature on a wreath)
- Harvest vegetables
- Make apple cake
- Make jam
- Clear the energies of the home
- White Sage
Mix all dried plant parts together and burn small amounts on coal tablets. Be warned that plant material smells very different when burnt and is sometimes not as pleasant as you might expect. If you don't want to burn them place them in a small wooden bowl and use as an altar or table decoration.
Always use true essential oils and essential oil mixes when working with energies as these carry the right vibration for the purpose. Fragrant oils won't work as well & can be very harsh.
To make a simple Mabon mix put two drops each of the following in 10ml of carrier oil (Jojoba, grapeseed, olive oil) then shake well.
- Sage (be careful with this essential oil it can be very toxic)
- Rose Absolute
You Will Need:
- Seasonal foods & herbs to be used in the feast
- God & Goddess Statues or Candles to Represent Them
- A Bell
- A Brown Candle
- Flowers (we use silk substitutes)
- Goods for Donation
- Treats for your familiars (ours love shaved ham)
The below is only a short version of the festival, it is the way our household celebrates Mabon, there are many more formal & longer versions of rituals that can be performed for this festival. Check out the Helpful Links for books that might be helpful.
You Are Ready:
- We usually hold our ritual after the children arrive home from school, during the mid afternoon.
- We prepare a feast (as with all festivals food is an integral part).
- When this is done have everyone gather round the altar or the feast table.
- Make your craft projects.
- Clear the table & set the feast.
- Perform the ritual of casting the circle.
- Have the incense burning in the background.
- Place the brown candle, harvest foods, flowers, God & Goddess representations on the altar/table.
- Ring a bell.
- Light the candles representing the God & the Goddess.
- Recite: Welcome to the season of Mabon, the time of the second harvest gifted to us by the Goddess/Gaia for those of the land. Tonight is the night of the balance between the masculine & feminine. The God now wanes, the Goddess soon to have him pass to her womb.
- Touch the goods for donation.
- Recite: Goddess & God infuse these with love & prosperity bring to the recipients these.
- Light the brown candle.
- Gently hold your familiar or call them to you (use the treats as encouragement).
- Recite: Thank you for sharing your life/lives with us, we ask you be blessed by the God & Goddess with health & safety & that you are ever by our sides.
- Close the circle with the closing part of the casting circle ritual.
- Begin the feast