Mabon: Wheel of the Year
Fall Equinox, Sept. 20-23, dependent on actual astronomical event
A lesser holiday, this is not widely celebrated and is most come with pure Wiccan groups, especially those who are based in the works of Starhawk and other Dianic sects. This is the weavers festival, and a braiding of cords are done in the process of casting a spell to add to ones life from what it is, each person weaving unto themselves what they wish and the coven as a whole weaving all the cords together to unite the power and efforts symbolically. The autumn equinox is the completion of the harvest begun at Lammas.
Once again the day and night are equal as the God prepares to leave the body and the begin the great adventure into the unseen, toward renewal and rebirth of the Goddess.
Now is the time to reap your reward,
As we celebrate the last dance of the Lord,
Light and dark balanced on an ear of wheat,
As the last grain signals the harvest complete.
Autumn’s tide has reached its height,
Now is time we welcome the night,
Reflect on your strength as the light is waning,
And the hours of darkness are now gaining.
Give praise to the Earth Mother,
As She dons her wintry cloak,
As her tears fall , the earth will soak.
Now our harvest is almost complete, all but the hardiest fruits and vegetables have been harvested and are being canned, dried or stored in another fashion for the coming winter. It is the night of Balance, when all has come to the focal point of the Center and now begins its long swing toward the winter months. This is the night when the Pagan Sun-God now actually begins His journey to the Sumerlands and dies off during the coming months awaiting to be reborn at Yuletide.
ACORNS are now strung into necklaces and used to adorn the male members of the coven.
BENZOIN is used in the incense and makes us more aware of the balance of light and dark, male/female, positive/negative.
FERNS: this the appropriate night to gather them for later use.
HONEYSUCKLE: the dried ground wood and bark make wonderful incense at this time.
MARIGOLD: decorate with the blossom which are normally quite colourful and full this time of the year.
MILKWEED: on this night there are Faeries and little folk about, this is the herb to help you see them.
MYRRH is used in the incense and the ritual cup. In the manner of incense it brings about spiritual awareness and understanding of the currents of energy flowing throughout the ritual. It is important to use when trying to understand times of sorrow both personal and spiritual.
PASSION FLOWER: petal are placed in the incense. It calms angers and replaces it with an understanding of the condition.
PRODUCE: bring the best of your current produce as an offering to the Sun God to take and use on His journey and to dole out to those He meets along His way who have need of it.
ROSE–WHITE roses are appropriate at this time. They represent the pureness of the love of the Goddess for the God.
SAGE is taken in the ritual cup. Carries the virtues of strength, mental health, wisdom and banishes negativity.
SOLOMON’S SEAL is now used when casting the Circle. An herb of Protection and consecration.
THISTLES are appropriate to represent your endurance throughout winter.
- 45 drops Honeysuckle Oil
- 1 cup Oak Moss
- 6 small Acorns
- 2 cups dried Oak Leaves
- 2 cups dried Honeysuckle
- 1 cup dried Passionflower
- 1 cup dried Rosebuds and Petals
- 1/2 cup dried Pine Needles
- 1 tablespoon Sage
Mix the honeysuckle oil with the oak moss and then add the remaining ingredients. Stir the potpourri well and store in a tightly covered ceramic or glass container.
- Decorate Altar with acorns, oak sprigs, pine and cypress cones, ears of corn, wheat stalks and other fruits and nuts. Basket with dried leaves of various colours and kinds.
- Appropriate Foods include the second harvest’s gleanings: grains, fruit, and vegetables (especially corn). Cornbread is traditional, as are beans and baked squash.