May Your Ostara or Mabon Sabbat be a Happy and Blessed Time

Well, I just learned something new about the spring equinox in the northern hemisphere and the fall equinox in the southern hemisphere. The spring equinox is at 4:58 PM CT on March 20th while the fall equinox is at 8:58 AM AEDT in the southern hemisphere. Which means we are experiencing the equinoxes at the exact same time just in different time zones and because of the international date line on a different date.

When I read this I felt it covered more than just a blessing for Ostara and Mabon. I felt it was a blessing to carry with us all through the year.

Northern Brothers and Sisters: May what you sow this spring come to a bountiful harvest in the fall.

Southern Brothers and SIsters: May what you sowed in the spring be bring you a bountiful harvest this fall.

Remember we can sow different things for our own reasons they do not have to be something we plant in the ground and watch grow, they can be something we change in our lifestyle or in our spiritual or magickal path. Then when we harvest them they become part of us and who we are.

Update on the Sample of Life in The Craft Newsletter

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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

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!

How To Make a Mabon Cleansing Wash

This herbal infusion can be used as a skin wash or a cleanser for your ritual space. By infusing the herbs in water, you can take advantage of the medicinal properties as well as the magical ones. A quart-sized jar, like the type used in food canning, is ideal for this because it allows for a tight seal, and they hardly ever break.

To make this cleansing wash, we’ll be using herbs that are in full bloom in the weeks before Mabon.

You’ll need a handful of each of the following:

Place the herbs in the glass jar. Pour boiling water over them until the jar is filled. Screw the lid on loosely, and allow to steep for four to six hours. Strain out all the plant material. Cap the jar, and store in a cool place. Use as a skin wash or to asperge your home or sacred space.

FOr more ideas for MAbon go to this link from this article by PAtti Wigington on About.com: http://paganwiccan.about.com/od/maboncrafts/ht/MabonCleanse.htm?utm_content=20160315&utm_medium=email&utm_source=exp_nl&utm_campaign=list_paganwiccan&utm_term=list_paganwiccan

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.

More »

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!

More »

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

This article is by Patti  Wigington on About.com to look at the other interhttp://paganwiccan.about.com/od/maboncrafts/tp/Five-Quick-Decorating-Ideas-For-Mabon.htm?utm_content=20160315&utm_medium=email&utm_source=exp_nl&utm_campaign=list_paganwiccan&utm_term=list_paganwiccan

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.