Mabon Rites & Rituals

Depending on your individual spiritual path, there are many different ways you can celebrate Mabon, the autumn equinox, but typically the focus is on either the second harvest aspect, or the balance between light and dark. This, after all, is the time when there is an equal amount of day and night. While we celebrate the gifts of the earth, we also accept that the soil is dying. We have food to eat, but the crops are brown and going dormant. Warmth is behind us, cold lies ahead. Here are a few rituals you may want to think about trying — and remember, any of them can be adapted for either a solitary practitioner or a small group, with just a little planning ahead.

1.  10 Ways to Celebrate Mabon

On or around September 21, for many Pagan, Mabon is a time of giving thanks for the things we have, whether it is abundant crops or other blessings. It is also a time of balance and reflection, following the theme of equal hours light and dark. Here are some ways you and your family can celebrate this day of bounty and abundance. Read More About 10 Ways to Celebrate Mabon More »

2.  Setting Up Your Mabon Altar

Mabon is the time when many Pagans and Wiccans celebrate the second part of the harvest. This Sabbat is about the balance between light and dark, with equal amounts of day and night. Try some or even all of these ideas — obviously, space may be a limiting factor for some, but use what calls to you most. Read More About Setting Up Your Mabon Altar

3.  Create a Food Altar

In most Pagan traditions, Mabon, the autumn equinox, is a time when we’re gathering the bounty of the fields, the orchards and the gardens, and bringing it in for storage. Often, we don’t realize how much we’ve collected until we pile it all together – why not invite friends or other members of your group, if you’re part of one, to gather their garden treasures and place them on your Mabon altar during ritual? Read More About Creating a Mabon Food Altar More »

4.  Ritual to Honor the Dark Mother

Demeter and Persephone are strongly connected to the time of the Autumn Equinox. When Hades abducted Persephone, it set in motion a chain of events that eventually led to the earth falling into darkness each winter. This is the time of the Dark Mother, the Crone aspect of the triple goddess. The goddess is bearing this time not a basket of flowers, but a sickle and scythe. She is prepared to reap what has been sown.Read More About Honoring the Dark

5.  Hold a Mabon Apple Harvest Ritual

In many pantheons, the apple is a symbol of the Divine. Apple trees are representative of wisdom and guidance. This apple ritual will allow you time to thank the gods for their bounty and blessings, and to enjoy the magic of the earth before the winds of winter blow through. Read More About Holding an Apple Harvest Rite for Mabon More »

6.  Mabon Balance Meditation

Mabon is traditionally a time of balance. After all, it’s one of the two times each year that has equal amounts of darkness and daytime. Because this is, for many people, a time of high energy, there is sometimes a feeling of restlessness in the air, a sense that something is just a bit “off”. If you’re feeling a bit spiritually lopsided, with this simple meditation you can restore a little balance into your life.Read More About Performing a Mabon Balance Meditation More »

7.  Hold a Hearth & Home Rite for Mabon

Mabon is a time of balance, and a good time to celebrate the stability of the hearth and home. This ritual is a simple one designed to place a barrier of harmony and protection around your property. You can do this as a family group, as a coven, or even as a solitary. Read More on How to Hold a Mabon Hearth & Home RitualMore »

8.  Hold a Gratitude Ritual

Are you thankful for the things you have — both material and spiritual? Want to sit down and count your blessings? Why not perform this simple gratitude rite, in which you can enumerate the things you have that make you feel fortunate? After all, Mabon is a time of giving thanks. Read More About How to Hold a Gratitude Ritual More »

9.  Celebrate the Autumn Full Moon

Some Pagan groups prefer to have a season-specific full moon ceremony, in addition to marking the Sabbats. During the autumn months, the harvest season begins with the Corn Moon in late August, and continues through September’sHarvest Moon and the Blood Moon of October. If you’d like to celebrate one or more of these moon phases with a ritual specific to the harvest, it’s not hard. This rite is written for a group of four people or more, but if you needed to, you could easily adapt it for a solitary practitioner. Read More About Celebrating the Autumn Full Moon More »

To read the rest of any of these articles by Patti Wigington on About.com please click on the link in the topic.

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