September 21st marks the 2019 Autumn Equinox, which it’s also the date that witches celebrate Mabon, one of the Wiccan harvest festivals in the Wheel of the Year.
The Sabbat is named for the Mabon, the Welsh God, who symbolized the male fertilizing principle in the Welsh myths. Mabon is a Fire Festival and one of the Lesser Sabbats.
All Sabbats are occasions to express gratitude to the God and Goddess for the blessings in our lives, but Mabon is particularly so, coming at the height of the harvest season.
We give thanks for the abundance in our lives, as the sun is about to enter Libra, the cardinal air sign of balance.
Mabon celebrates the balance of opposing forces, light/dark, life/death, etc. with the understanding that after this moment of balance, darkness and death will reign for a time, until Ostara or the Spring Equinox.
Mabon is the Witch’s Great Feast of Thanksgiving, a celebration of the Earth’s bounty and it represents a time of plenty of gratitude and of sharing our abundance with those less fortunate. It’s a time when Wiccans gather in their symbolic (and sometimes literal) harvest, give thanks to the Gods for help, to the ancestors and living helpers.
For this reason the full moon closest to Mabon is known as the “Harvest Moon” or “Wine Moon”.
As Autumn is welcomed on this Sabbat, day and night are of equal lengths; Nature is in balance. It is time to appreciate the light and the dark aspects of life, and to appreciate the sacrifice of our God through the harvesting of the crops. It is through His sacrifice that we may live through the Dark half of the Wheel. Our God now awaits rebirth within the womb of our Goddess.
The God is now aged, his power on the wane. He will die at Samhain and sacrifice himself to the Earth before rebirth at Yule. The Goddess is croning, she too is aged, but resplendent in the prime of her power and wisdom. The earth in the hands of the Goddess will enjoy one last flash of colour, beauty and abundance before settling to sleep as the waiting period for Yule begins.
As we enter the season of autumn, we have the opportunity to take a long and fruitful journey with the Goddess Persephone.
At Mabon, we celebrate Persephone as the Dark Queen of the Underworld, Goddess of the soul who possesses it’s dark and frightening mysteries. As maiden, she brings forth new life when the Earth begins to waken from a long winter’s sleep. As Dark Queen, Persephone rules the Underworld, and with her sickle, is prepared to reap what has been sown.
It is time to complete projects, to clear out and let go that which is no longer wanted or needed as we prepare for descent, so that the winter can offer a time for reflection and peace. And it is time to plant seeds of new ideas and hopes which will lie dormant but nourished in the dark, until the return of Spring.
RITUALS FOR MABON
To celebrate this Sabbat, you can prepare your altar and decorate it with flowers, herbs and fresh harvested fruits, crystals, candles in gold-orange-red autumn colors, divination objects, Gods and Godesses’s statues and anything that you feel guided to add.
Cleanse yourself (your group) and your space with white sage and burn some myrrh/frankincense, or any incense of your choice.
Invite your Spiritual Guides, Ascended Masters, Angelic Realm, Gods and Goddesses to be with you during this gathering. Be open to receive their blessings.
The ritual may include prayers, invocations, spells, meditations and exercises for gratitude, de-manifestation, manifestation, balance, prosperity, harmony and protection.
This is the time of the Dark Mother, the Crone aspect of the triple Goddess.
Honor the Dark Mother at Mabon, the Goddess associated with darkness and shadows.
This ritual welcomes the archetype of the Dark Mother and celebrates that aspect of the Goddess which we may not always find comforting or appealing, but which we must always be willing to acknowledge.
With this ocassion, the Dark Goddesses are called upon in rituals to help us heal from trauma, fear, grief, or any lower energies.
Be creative and let Nature flow gently through you and guide you and your group during all celebration.
If you feel guided, join our Mabon God-dess Circle for this sacred celebration:
You may include this beautiful Prayer to the triple Goddess :
Maiden, Mother, Crone
Maiden, Goddess, brilliant one, fair as the last frost,
lace-etched on the earth, gone with the morning sun.
All is new, all is bright, all is green grass and dew,
dancing feet in the white seafoam, wet sand clinging,
tangled hair crowned with ribbons and wild flowers,
wide-open eyes taking in the wild new world.
With each uncertain step we take into the now,
we know you;
with each leap of faith, each fool’s journey,
each promise of life not yet fulfilled,
we know you.
Facing the broad future with a smile and a sigh,
with trust in the world, with the dauntlessness of youth.
Maiden, Goddess, I call to you, I ask your favor!
Mother, Goddess, radiant one, giver of life,
granter of gifts simple and profound, primal and raw.
Firm-footed, kind-hearted one, blossom in full bloom,
wind-blown fields of gold and heavy-fruited trees,
a warm rain falling on the soft earth, green and lush,
the flourishing of life and wit and vision.
Rooted in the deep earth, in bones and blood we feel
your might, we know you in the tides that turn the world,
the hand on the cradle, the feast of first harvest,
the kicking child within the womb,
the hot sun on our heads,
the warm breeze tousling our children’s hair.
Mother, Goddess, I call to you, I ask your favor!
Elder, goddess, shining one, wise in all things.
The copper mums, the last bright leaves on the trees,
the first frost sinking into the soil,
the first snow clinging to the evergreen, its branches hanging low,
the thin ice breaking under your step, the long nights,
the knife-sharp wind, the darkening days, the earth at rest.
Whether in peace or in rage, an end comes to all things–
in both lie a wisdom, in both lie a rightness.
We know you when our every breath comes out in clouds,
we know your guiding hand, the refuge of your arms,
we know your might in the full course of our lives.
Elder, Goddess, I call to you, I ask your favor!
May the plan of Love and Light forever prosper!