Autumn is Coming Soon to the Northern Hemisphere

My husband and I were talking this morning about fall we live outside of Chicago, Illinois, USA so Northern Hemisphere, which reminded me that although the temperature is changing and in some places the Wood Nymphs are painting the leaves in beautiful reds, yellows, golds, and oranges it is actually Summer until September 21st this year. I’m looking forward to collecting beautiful leaves for my altar on the Mabon/Autumn Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere and maybe a couple of colored eggs with special markings for the Ostara/Spring Equinox in the Southern Hemisphere.

I would like our members, sisters, brothers, and guests to know our coven covers both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres Sabbats. Alternating the celebration date between the Southern’s Wheel of the Year calendar and the Northern one, as there is a small window when both hemispheres have the same date. I use Melbourne, Victoria, Australia (which is one day a head of us when it comes time to gather for an Esbat or Sabbat) for time and date in the Southern Hemisphere because that is the closest time to where our wonderful Priestess Hypatia lives. I use Chicago, Illinois for the time and date of the Northern Hemisphere because that is close to where I live.

I believe for a coven to truly be spiritual family we need to celebrate things we have in common as well as our differences. This will include starting in the new year, based on the Celtic calendar, on the day after Samhain (pronounced sow-en)  November 1, 2019 in the North. This is going to seem like my math is way off but for next new year day but our year is going to be 18 months long so we can celebrate the new year using the Southern Hemisphere’s Wheel of the Year and it’s Samhain is celebrated on May 1st. So after this new year our next one will be May,1,2020

Here’s are craft ideas to do with younger members of your family for both hemispheres

Northern Hemisphere Craft

Fall Place Mats

What You Will Need:

Clothes Iron set on LOW (WARNING Make sure there is an adult or someone over say 16 years doing the ironing and making sure the younger children do not get to close that they could tip the iron over or tip on the cord and get burned!)

A bunch of fall leaves (the amount depend on a few things how many place mats you want to make, the size of the place mats, and how many leaves you want in each place mat) If the leaves are damp place them one at time of medium or large or 2 at a time if they are small on apiece of paper towel than take another piece and lay it over the top of the leaf and gently press down all over the leaf until no more moisture comes off.

Orange, or Yellow, or Red Construction paper

Darker crayons to draw with or right a persons name on their specific place mat

Print out a copy of the pictures of the Runes, Ogham alphabet, Witchcraft symbols, or any of the many Ancient alphabets (may can be found on Coven Life. Just put the bane of the alphabet or symbols can be found on Coven Life or Witches of The Craft

Roll of Wax Paper or Clear Contact Paper (If you have excitable young children I suggest the Contact Paper because than you take the chance of anyone burning themselves away or if you do not own an iron) – Suggested length for the place mats is they not be over 18 inches

Collected different leaves that are not all dried out. You will different amounts depending on how big the place mats will be and how big or how many leaves you want to use for each

2 old towels large enough to cover and lay underneath the wax paper. So Wax does not get on what ever surface you are ironing on

How to Make the Place Mats

Depending on how many people are working on place mats – Place a large handful of leaves between every two people

Give each person 1 sheet of construction paper laid horizontally

Let each person pick up to 2 crayons (If two or more people want to use the same color this is a great time for a lesson in sharing)

Have each person lay leaves out on their piece of construction paper IMPORTANT – no leaves should over lap

After everyone has their leaves arranged using the crayons (MAKE SURE COLORS ARE PICKED BEFORE THE LEAVES ARE IN PLACE) let person put a person’s name on the place mat in whatever alphabet the want and/or write symbols on it. The writing should weave in a path among the leaves.

Now the tricky part – Have an adult CAREFULLY as to not to be jiggly with the place mat so you do not move thing to a different spot

IF USING CONTACT PAPER SKIP TO INSTRUCTIONS NUMBER 2

Wax paper should be 2 inches long than the construction paper

1) First put down a towel than a piece of the wax paper, next place construction paper  in the center of the wax paper and make sure it is straight, than place another piece of wax paper over the top of the leaves on the construction paper and place the other towel over the whole thing. Moving iron set on lowest setting with no steam constantly for about 3 minutes over the entire surface of the towel. Lift up the top towel if the two pieces of wax paper are melted together at the extra parts at the end. If the two ends of the wax paper are not fully melted cover the place mat and again using a constant motion ironing over the whole place mat rechecking the pieces of wax paper about every 30 seconds until they are melted together. Once they are melted together than lift the place mat off of the bottom towel and set the place mat on a flat surface for about 5 minutes or completely cooled to room temperature on both sides. You may need to flip the place mat over to cool the bottom side of it. Lastly trim the excess wax paper off leaving about 1/4 inch of each end of the place mat as this help hold it together and keep air bubbles from forming on the place mat itself.

2) You will need 2 pieces of contact paper for each place mat.Measure out a piece of contact paper about 1 inch longer the the construction paper peel off the backing of 1 sheet. Very carefully, because once the paper is down you will not be able to move it, lay the place mat in the center of the contact paper you might want to use a ruler or something the is flat and as long as the place mat a you are sure is in a straight line to help guide you to set the place mat properly. Next remove the backing of the other sheet of contact paper about 1 inch line the end up so the bottom and top layers of the contact paper are together now using the ruler or flat whatever while you slowly peel the backing of as you are doing this with one hand the other hand should move the flat thing right behind it this should prevent air bubbles. With the contact paper you only get one chance to make sure every thing is right.

DO NOT USE THESE PLACE MATS TO SET HOT PANS OR DISHES ON BECAUSE THE WAX PAPER WITH MELT ON TO ANY HOT SURFACE AND IS ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE TO GET OFF. THESE ARE FOR USE FOR PLACE SETTINGS ONLY!!

 

Mabon/Ostara Online Gathering Monday, September 23rd

Coven Life’s Coven invites all witches, pagans, or anyone else to come celebrate with us if you would like to. All the information you need is in this post.

Whether you live in the Northern or Southern Hemisphere we ask that you remain attentively in the circle from the time it is casted until it is open. The reason we ask felt you to here the whole time is to share in your brothers and sister Sabbat celebration. You are welcome to do both rituals if you feel you want to and they are both calling to do them. No witch in or out oven a coven practices exactly like any other witch. Yes when we are at a gathering such as this we all are doing and saying the same things and we feel the closeness of our xpiritualnfamily but, a lot of us do other spellwork and/or ritual when we are by ourselves. This is true in almost all of the face to face covens I have visited over the years. I encourage everyone in this coven when doing things on your own, after doing the lessons that deal with rituals for safety reason, to do it in whatever why feels right to them. I did this with my face to face covens as well. So as I have told many people when asked, “How does an Online Coven Work?” I say, “That we are solitary witches some of which are learning The Craft and some of us mentor them and we come together as a spiritual family to celebrate the Moon and our holidays.”

WHEN:

Monday, September 23, 2019

Socializing starts at 6:00 PM CT

Sacred Circle will be cast at 7:00 PM CT

Please do not enter the chatroom after 6:55 PM CT as this will cause the circle to be broken

WHERE:

If this is your first time joining us please read the Chatroom Guidelines on covenlife.co Homepage.  Thank you

Coven Life’s Chat

What You Will Need

Northern: 1 Apple  Sharp Knife  1 Orange Chime Candle (4 inches 10.16 cm long)

Southern: 1 Hard Boiled Egg colored only Crayon or a piece of wax 1 Yellow Taper Candle (30.5 cm or 12 inch long) Long Nose Pliers, Oven Mitt

Rituals

Lady Beltane: I walk our circle three times while I call upon Fire, Air, and Water to be in constant motion  around us, I call upon Earth to form the bottom half of the bubble from the ground to our waist, I call Spirit to form the top half of the bubble around us interlock with Earth. Our bubble of protection takes to a place that is outside of time and place. As above, so is below. As within, so is without.

EVERYONE: Please introduce yourself (FIRST NAME ONLY) and what state or country you live in.

MABON CELEBRATION – Northern Hemisphere

EVERYONE: Cut the apple in half horizontally, so one point of where the seeds are looks like a pentagram. Place the 2 halves side by side. Place the orange candle in the middle at the top part of the two halves. Notice that the center of the apple looks like a pentagram. One point of the seed pentagram should be facing up towards Hekate’s orange candle.

Light the orange candle while asking Hekate to enter your home to help bless it. Prayer to Hekate:

Great Mother Hekate the protector of Witches I invite you into my home and ask you to give the building and all living things dwelling in your protection and that you help guide us with your wisdom. Thank you Hekate!

Now starting at the top point of the apple pentagram going clockwise around the apples pentagram. Start at the top point ask Spirit to enter your home and bless it. Remember to touch each point of the pentagram with the index finger of your power/receiving  hand as you invite each of the elements in. Next, you will ask Air to enter your home and bless it. Next comes Fire ask it to enter your home and bless it. Next, ask Water to enter your home and bless it. Finally, ask Earth to come into your home to bless it. When you are done calling in the elements wait 2 minutes thinking about your home being blessed with warmth, enough food, and warm clothes to get you through the coming colder months. Then thank the elements and Hekate for their blessing and tell them to return from where they came.

Let your candle burn all the way down.

After the circle has been opened take one half of the apple outside to share with the wildlife around your home and allow the other half to dry out in an open glass or ceramic bowl or dish and leave it out somewhere in your home to help the blessing continue.

 

OSTARA CELEBRATION – Southern Hemisphere

Light the yellow candle and set it about 12 inches away but in front of you. Call Ostara to the candle. Prayer for Ostara:

Ostara from where all life comes please help give me the strength and will power to achieve the goal that I am setting for myself  today. Thank you Ostara

Take 2 minutes to write one goal on your egg that you would like to achieve before Samhain arrives. Try to use only 1 or 2 words to write your goal in any type of alphabet you want to use Runes, Ogham and other types of “magickal alphabets or symbols can be found by using the search box on either Coven Life.com, WitchesofTheCraft.com or doing a search on the internet. Type in “DONE” when you are through. Now carefully holding the yellow candle allow wax from it to drip on to the egg, turn the egg so the wax gets all over it while asking Ostara to help you reach your goal. Take 2 to 3 minutes to do this step. Be very careful the hot wax does not drip onto you (I use a pair of thin long nose pliers to hold my egg  and wear an oven mitt when using this ritual.) Type in the word “DONE” when you are through.

After the circle is opened take the egg outside and bury it while asking Mother Earth to help your goal to grow and be harvested on Mabon. Then work towards your goal daily until you reach it. Let the candle burn all the way down and bury the melted wax with the egg so it keeps feeding the egg energy.

EVERYONE NORTH and SOUTH: Lift your glass of juice/wine in a toast to the goddesses, and elements that helped us with all with our rituals this evening or this morning. Repeat Lady Beltane’s toast. Remember to save a little to pour on the ground as an offering to the gods and goddesses that helped us tonight.

LADY BELTANE TOAST: We raise our glasses or cups to honor Hekate, Ostara, Mother Earth, Spirit, Air, Fire, Water, and Earth for their power and help with protecting and blessing our homes and/or helping us reach our goal.

EVERYONE: Type in “So mote it be” when you are done saying the toast.

EVERYONE: Raise your arms above your head palms facing the floor bring them down slowly until you touch the floor. With your hands on the floor say, ” I give this extra energy to Mother Earth to use in whatever way she needs to!” Make a one quarter turn and repeat the same movements and prayer. Type So Mote It Be when you done grounding the excess energy in your part of our circle.

LADY BELTANE: I bring us back to the Earthly plane and real time. This sacred circle is open but our spiritual ties are never broken. Go in love and peace dear brothers and sisters. Blessed be until we merry meet again

Time to visit some more!!

Remember to bring your offerings to the goddesses. Northerners bring that Apple half out for the wildlife it is fine to cut it into smaller pieces for say squirrels and birds, and chipmunk. Southerners remember to bury the egg and left over candle.

 

 

 

The Witch’s Guide to the Autumn Equinox (Mabon) SEPTEMBER 12, 2018 BY JASON MANKEY

What Is It?

This is easy, it’s the Autumn Equinox, a time of (about) equal day and night. Beginning at the Autumn Equinox until the first day of Spring, there will be more darkness than light in the sky, or more nighttime and less daytime. It usually occurs around September 22-23, but varies a bit from location to location. Mabon is a modern name for the holiday and was first used in the 1970’s.

Did Ancient Pagans Celebrate The Autumn Equinox?

There were several celebrations in pagan antiquity that took place in the month we now call September, though they weren’t necessarily about or on the equinox. Japan has a September celebration too that sounds similar to modern ideas about Mabon. But if you are asking if there were lots of Pagan running around yelling “Happy Mabon” on the Autumn Equinox in the year 200 the answer is no.

The holiday of Harvest Home was once very popular in England and may have possibly had ancient pagan roots. Harvest Home was celebrated in August/September, but didn’t have a set date. Harvest Home occurred when a village gathered the grain,…

To read the rest of this article please click on this link: Witch’s Guide to Mabon

Mabon/Autumn Equinox September 21st-22nd

This festival is now named after the the God of Welsh mythology, Mabon. He is the Child of Light and the son of the Earth Mother Goddess, Modron. In truth, there is little evidence that Mabon was celebrated in Celtic countries and the term Mabon was applied as recently as the 1970’s. All part of our reconstructed Paganism…

Here is another point of perfect balance on the journey through the Wheel of the Year, its counterpart being Ostara or the Spring Equinox. Night and day are again of equal length and in perfect equilibrium – dark and light, masculine and feminine, inner and outer, in balance. But we are again on the cusp of transition and from now the year now begins to wane and from this moment darkness begins to defeat the light. The cycle of the natural world is moving towards completion, the Sun’s power is waning and from now on the nights grow longer and the days are are shorter and cooler. The sap of trees returns back to their roots deep in the earth, changing the green of summer to the fire of autumn, to the flaming reds, oranges and golds. We are returning to the dark from whence we came.

To read the rest of this article please click on this link: Mabon

Mabon/Ostara Coven Gathering

Side note: There will be no chat on Saturday, September 22, 2018, because of the Sabbat Celebrations on Friday and then the Esbat on Monday, September 24th, 2018. If anyone wants to use the chatroom to visit with other coven members go right ahead. The chatroom was set up partly for Esbat and Sabbat gatherings and partly for any coven member to use to talk to other members or close friends. All we ask is you do not use to do rituals in without a Coven Life Coven Elder present.m Thank you!

WHEN:

Friday, September 21, 2018

Socializing starts at 6:00 PM CT

Sacred Circle will be cast at 7:00 PM CT

Please do not enter the chatroom after 7:00 as this will cause the circle to be broken

WHERE:

Coven Life’s Chatroom

Before we celebrate the Autumn Equinox – Mabon in the Northern Hemisphere and the Spring Equinox – Ostara in the Southern Hemisphere we will be doing a special spell/blessings for two of Lady Beltane’s grandsons. The reason for this is their full custody has been given to their father who is a negative person is his wife. Lady Beltane’s daughter has been their spiritual teacher since infancy raising them not only in the Christian beliefs but more in the Lakota Native American tradition. The boys are in need of more protection now that they will be living full time with their father and to let their eyes be open to the type of person he really is compared to the fake Mr. Nice guy he shows in public.

We ask that you stay for both the Mabon and Ostara rituals if you do not leave after the protection spell/blessing. Thank you

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

FOR ALL RITUALS: Lighter or Matches

Atheme or Sharp Object to Inscribe Candles with

2 candle holders

A Glass of Juice or WIne

For Protection Ritual: 1 -12 White Taper Candle

For Mabon – 1 Orange candle any size is fine

1 Apple

Sharp knife to cut the apple

FOR OSTARA: 1 Yellow candle any size is fine

1 Hard Boiled Egg in the shell or if allergic to eggs 1 Plastic Egg

1 Marker of your favorite color

PROTECTION SPELL/BLESSING, CASTING THE CIRCLE

LADY BELTANE: I call upon the triple goddess as the Crone and the Horned God to walk this circle with me three times three. To keep those in the circle safe and to not let any harm come to anyone outside our circle. We are now in a place between planes, where time has no meaning.

TAke the white taper candle and carve the names Christopher and Cory 2 (make sure to have the 2 after Cory or the protection will go to his father instead) and the word Protection.

EVERYONE: Type in the word “DONE” when you are finished inscribing the names

EVERYONE: As you light the candle you just inscribed say the following:

We call to ArchAngel Micheal to wrap Cory 2 and Christopher in a bubble of white protective light. To guard the young men with his sword and shield.

We call to the god Thor to add his power to the bubble of protection and to guard the young men with his hammer.

We call to the Mother Goddess Hekate to add her power to the bubble of protection and through her let the young men always feel and trust the love their mother has for them.

We call to the Universe to let Cory 2 and Christopher’s eye wide open to see their father and step-mother for people they really are and not the false front they put on for everyone they come into contact with.

We ask these things for Cory 2 and Christopher to keep them safe, to let them finish growing into loving, caring, and honest men.

So Mote It Be

Let the candle burn for one hour. Then light it daily to burn for one hour until it has completely burned out. Take the melted wax and place it under a bush or close to a tree. Mother Earth will take the energy in and release it into the Universe so the spell/blessing stays strong for a long time.

If anyone wishes to say anything to LAdy Beltane’s daughter please do so but keep it short. Thank you

If anyone wants to leave the circle at this time please type in LEAVING so I can open a doorway for you to pass through.

EVERYONE: PLease introduce yourself (FIRST NAME ONLY) and what state or country you live in.

MABON CELEBRATION – Northern Hemisphere

EVERYONE: Cut the apple in half horizontally. Place the 2 halves side by side. Place the orange candle in the middle at the top part of the two halves. Notice that the center of the apple looks like a pentagram.

Light the orange candle while asking Hekate to enter your home to help bless it. Next starting at the top point of the apple pentagram start by asking Spirit to enter your home and bless it. Remember to touch each point of the pentagram, in turn Next, you will ask Air to enter your home and bless it. Next comes Fire ask it to enter your home and bless it. Next, ask Water to enter your home and bless it. Finally, ask Earth to come into your home to bless it. When you are done calling in the elements wait 2 minutes thinking about your home being blessed with warmth, enough food, and warm clothes to get you through the coming colder months. Then thank the elements and Hekate for their blessing and tell them to return from where they came.

Let your candle burn all the way down if it is a small one or if it is larger let it burn for about a half an hour this evening. You can than relight it when you feel the need to.

After the circle has been opened take one half of the apple outside to share with the wildlife around your home and allow the other half to dry out and leave it out somewhere in your home to help the blessing continue.

 

OSTARA CELEBRATION – Southern Hemisphere

LIght the yellow candle and set it about 12 inches away but in front of you. Take 2 minutes to write one goal on your egg that you would like to achieve before Mabon arrives. Try to use only 1 or 2 words to write your goal in any type of alphabet you want to. Runes, Ogham and other types of “magickal alphabets or symbols can be found by either searching on Coven Life website or doing a search on the internet. Type in “DONE” when you are through. Now carefully holding the yellow candle allow wax from it to drip on to the egg, turn the egg so the wax gets all over it while asking Ostara to help you reach your goal. Take 2 minutes to do this step. Type in the word “DONE” when you are through.

After the circle is opened take the egg outside and bury it while asking Mother Earth to help your goal to grow and be harvested on Mabon. Then work towards your goal daily until you reach it. Let the candle burn all the way down and bury the melted wax with the egg so it keeps feeding the egg energy.

EVERYONE NORTH and SOUTH: Lift your glass of juice/wine in a toast to all the gods, goddesses, the Archangel, and elements that helped us with all or rituals this evening. Repeat Lady Beltane’s toast. Remember to save a little to pour on the ground as an offering to the gods and goddesses that helped us tonight.

LADY BELTANE TOAST: We raise our glasses in to honor Hekate, Thor, The Horned God, Ostara, The Crone, Moter Earth, Spirit, Air, Fire, Water, and Earth for their power and help with protecting Lady Beltane’s grandsons, blessing our homes or helping us reach our goal.

EVERYONE: Type in “So mote it be” when you are done saying the toast.

LADY BELTANE: I bring us back to the Earthly plane and real time. I open this circle three times three. Go in love and peace dear brothers and sisters. Blessed be until we merry meet again

 

 

Blessed Mabon and Happy Autumn Equinox

May you be blessed with abundance from the fruit of your labors!

As you enter the darker time of the year may your thought and actions stay positive, may you find joy in this time of rest and recharge your batteries.

 

Blessings dear ones of warmth, light, rest, and comfort!

Mabon/Autumn Equinox Ritual for Online Coven Gathering 9/21/2016 at 7:00 PM CT

Mabon/Autumn Equinox Ritual Online Coven Gathering

Join us online in the Coven Life Chat room on Tuesday, September 21, 2016 at 7:00 PM CT for the Mabon/Autumn Equinox coven gathering. All interested are welcome to attend. Look at the banner on the left side of our “Home Page” for instruction on how to get into the chat room.

If you would like to call in one of the Guardians for the Watchtowers/Corners please email Lady Beltane at ladybeltane@aol.com. You may pick which one you want to call in if it is still available.

What you will need:

1 – 3 inch White Candle

1 – 3 inch Black Candle

1 Candle Holder for each

LADY BELTANE: I cast a circle three times three to keep all here safe as we celebrate Mabon. To keep our energy in and all other things out. We are now in a place that is not a place, out of time and Earthly confines. As I will it, so mote it be.

I call in the Guardian of the East to bless us all and lend your power to our gathering.

I call the Guardian of the South to bless us all and lend your power to our gathering.

I call upon the Guardian of the West to bless us all and lend your power to our gathering.

I call upon the Guardian of the Nother to bless us all and to lend your power to our gathering.

In this circle we celebrate the balance of all beings and things.

What is light can be dark, (Light white candle)

What is dark can be light, (Light black candle)

Who is male is also partly female,

Who is female is also partly male,

We ask for help in finding true balance in all aspects of our lives.

We ask for a balance of mind, body and spirit for the healing of our dear sister Lady of the Abyss.

Two-minute meditation on first the white candle to search for the light/positive energy within yourself and to embrace it.

Two-minute meditation on the black candle to find the dark/negative energy within you and to banish it from yourself.

We have now begun to balance our selves between light/positive energy and dark/negative energy.

We ask The Maiden to bring more positive energy into our lives.

We ask The Crone to help rid us of negative energy.

As we will it so mote it be.

(Leave candle burning until they go out on their own. Keep them somewhere safe so as not to start a fire) When the candles burn out Thank The Maiden and The Crone for their help.

I dismiss the Guardian of the North with our thanks for lending power to our circle and the blessing it gave us.

I dismiss the Guardian of the West with our thanks for lending power to our circle and the blessing it gave us.

I dismiss the Guardian of the South with our thanks for lending power to our circle and the blessing it gave us.

I dismiss the Guardian of the East with our thanks for lending power to our circle and the blessing it gave us.

I open this circle three times three. The circle is now open but never broken. Go in peace, love, and light until we merry meet again.

All About Mabon, the Autumn Equinox

t is the time of the autumn equinox, and the harvest is winding down. The fields are nearly empty, because the crops have been plucked and stored for the coming winter. Mabon is the mid-harvest festival, and it is when we take a few moments to honor the changing seasons, and celebrate the second harvest. On or around September 21, for many Pagan and Wiccan traditions it is a time of giving thanks for the things we have, whether it is abundant crops or other blessings. You may want to take a moment to read up on:

 

Rituals and Ceremonies

Depending on your individual spiritual path, there are many different ways you can celebrate Mabon, 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.

 

Traditions and Trends

Interested in learning about some of the traditions behind the celebrations of September? Find out why Mabon is important, learn the legend of Persephone and Demeter, and explore the magic of apples and more!

Mabon Magic

Mabon is a time rich in magic, all connected to the changing seasons of the earth. Why not take advantage of nature’s bounty, and work a little magic of your own?

 

Crafts and Creations

As the autumnal equinox approaches, decorate your home (and keep your kids entertained) with a number of easy craft projects. Start celebrating a bit early with these fun and simple ideas.

Mabon Feasting and Food

No Pagan celebration is really complete without a meal to go along with it. For Mabon, celebrate with foods that honor the hearth and harvest — breads and grains, autumn veggies like squash and onions, fruits, and wine.

Are you planning your Mabon celebrations? Be sure to sign up for our free seven-day e-class, Get Ready For Mabon!

5 Easy Decorating Ideas for Mabon

Need some quick and affordable decorating ideas for Mabon? Here are some tips on how to bring the season into your home without breaking your bank account!

Need some quick and affordable decorating ideas for Mabon? Here are some tips on how to bring the season into your home without breaking your bank account!

with solitary Wiccans and Pagans in mind, and uses the apple and its five-pointed star as the focus.

In addition to being tasty and sweet, apples are perfect for craft projects. Try one of these to decorate your home with magical apple energy:

  • Apple Candleholders: Make a set of decorative candleholders by coring out the top of a pair of apples.
  • Apple Garlands: This easy-to-make craft not only looks pretty, but will leave your home smelling delicious and welcoming!
  • Apple Butter: Brew up a pot of delicious apple butter to celebrate the harvest.

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Grapevines, Leaves and Acorns

Much like the apple, the grape is one of those fruits that has a significant amount of magic associated with it. First and foremost, the grape harvest — and the wine that it produces — has been associated with fertility deities like Egypt’s Hathor, the lusty Roman Bacchus and his Greek counterpart, Dionysus. By the time of Mabon, grape arbors are flourishing. Vines, leaves and fruit are all usable items — the leaves are often used in Mediterranean cooking, the vines for craft projects, and the grapes themselves are extremely versatile.

At Mabon, the leaves are beginning to change colors for the season, and look magnificent. Collect leaves from around your neighborhood in a variety of colors, and use them to decorate your altar, or make wall hangings and table runners.

If you have oak trees nearby, collect acorns – in the absence of acorns, other nuts such ashazelnuts or buckeyes are a great option – and store them in pretty glass jars tied with ribbons, place them in bowl, or string them together to make a garland. More »

Scarecrows

Although they haven’t always looked the way they do now, scarecrows have been around a long time and have been used in a number of different cultures. Put one in your front yard or garden to keep the crows out of the crop, or make a smaller one to place on your altar: Scarecrow History. More »

Handcrafts

Mabon is a time of balance, prosperity and renewal, and it’s a good time to tap into your creative talents to decorate your home. Take advantage of the season and make:

  • Mabon Incense: Make this magical blend of harvest incense to use during your Mabon rites and ceremonies.
  • Make a Mabon Cleansing Wash: Brew up a batch of this cleansing wash using herbs from your fall garden — you can use it as a facial cleanse, or to purify your ritual space.
  • Mabon Prosperity Candles: Mabon is the second of the harvest festivals, and a great time to draw abundance into your life. Celebrate the blessings of the season with a little bit of candle magic designed to bring prosperity your way.
  • Make a God’s Eye at Mabon: God’s eyes are popular decorations to make in nearly every spiritual path. By using harvest colors like reds, oranges, yellows and browns, you can create one for Mabon to hang in your home or to adorn your altar.
  • How to Make Pokeberry Ink: Want to make your own ink to use in magical workings? Try the toxic but lovely pokeberry, which blooms around Mabon each year!

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Pumpkins and Gourds

Although carved pumpkins, in the form ofJack O’Lanterns are typically associated with Samhain later in the fall, the pumpkin patches are overflowing at Mabon. These and other gourds and members of the squash family make a great addition to your equinox decorating. Place pumpkins on your porch and baskets of squash in your kitchen, or place miniature versions of them on your altar or workspace.

Also, be sure to check out some of our pumpkin and gourd themed craft ideas:

  • Easy Pumpkin Candles: Everyone loves candles, and with Mabon coming you can make your own candles out of small pumpkins and squashes.
  • Painted Pentacle Pumpkins: Paint up some festive pentacle pumpkins for your Mabon celebrations!
  • Kitchen Witch: Use a baby butternut or any other fall vegetable to make a kitchen witch to watch over your hearth and home.

Be sure to read up on some ideas for decorating your Sabbat altar here: Decorating Your Mabon Altar

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