Mabon (or Harvest Home), is the Autumnal Equinox, the shaded twin of Ostara, the Spring Equinox.
Ostara is balance of night and day, the harbinger of Spring and Summer, the light half of the year.
Mabon also sees this balance of light and dark, but now we tip over into the dark half of the year, ushering in the shadows of Autumn and Winter.
From this point onwards the night shall reign, as the days grow ever shorter.
Mabon is a beautiful time of year.
The air, while not yet cold, does begin to take on a chill, particularly of a night and morning.
The leaves on the trees are beginning to turn, a stunning display of red, orange and gold.
You can smell Autumn in the air.
Mabon is a very magical time, both in the air and the earth, the magic of the season is palpable.
Agriculturally, Mabon marks the beginning of the apple and grape harvest.
Many late season vegetables are now in season too.
Mabon is the second harvest Sabbat, a busy time for farmers and growers, bringing in the late harvests before the chill of winter descends.
With the abundance of the various harvests, Mabon is a time of thanksgiving.
We give our thanks to the Earth and the Sun, the God and Goddess, for the food that sustains us throughout the year.
We acknowledge that without the eternal cycles of birth, growth and death, there can be no life.
We can also extend our thanks to the men and women who nurture and grow the food that we eat.
Mabon is also a theme of death and descent.
Persephone has reached The Underworld, taking her throne beside her Husband, Hades.
Demeter mourns the loss of her Daughter once again, her grief seen all around us in the dying earth.
Hekate too, returns to The Underworld, having accompanied the Maiden Persephone on her journey down.
Both Persephone and Hekate take up their darker Underworld aspects at this time.
In Celtic mythology, the Oak King and Holly King fight their eternal battle, the Holly King emerging victorious.
He is the Lord of Winter, the Lord of Darkness, who shall preside over the dark days ahead.
The wounded God of Lughnasadh succumbs to his mortality.
He falls to the ground, amid the bounty of the harvest and breathes his last.
He turns to his shadowy aspect, a God in and of the shadows.
He too will soon make his descent to The Underworld and take his throne, The Lord of The Underworld, Hades himself.
Throughout the turning of the Great Wheel, we have observed the growth and maturation of the Horned God.
We celebrated his birth at Yule.
Watched him grow into his childhood at Imbolc, as the earth began to stir from its slumber and the first shoots broke ground.
We saw him as a young man at Ostara, as the earth burst into life and color.
We witnessed him lay with the Goddess and become a man at Beltane.
At Litha he was in his prime, strong and virile with the heat of the sun.
At Lughnasadh we wept alongside the Goddess, watching as he bled out into the earth.
Now, at Mabon, we welcome the Lord Of The Vine, Dionysus.
Dionysus the God Of Wine, Song, Dance and Ecstasy.
The Goddess grows old, almost at the winter of her life.
She is weary and grieving for her soon to be lost love.
Soon she shall lay down to rest, retreating to the Underworld to await her renewal.
She does not die, but slumbers.
But for this time, Mabon, she is radiant and beautiful in her twilight years, cloaked in the majesty of Autumn.
Mabon is a time of liminality, between the worlds of light and dark.
Mabon is a time of balance and abundance.
We can reap the rewards of all we have gained throughout the year.
We can also think about how we can sustain these things throughout the fallow period of winter.
During the season of Mabon, take the time to do some Autumn Cleaning.
Much like Spring Cleaning, but instead of clearing and making room for new activities, opportunities and ideas, we clear out and make room for contemplating and reviewing the year that has been.
Mabon is a chance to rid ourselves of those things that we no longer need, that no longer bring us pleasure or work for us.
Like the opposing seasons of Spring and Autumn, we take a different approach to cleaning and clearing at Mabon.
Rather than clearing the material world, this is a good time to clear yourself of old habits, thoughts and friendships that no longer serve you.
Autumn Cleaning is more about making room for contemplation and meditation throughout the coming winter.
Rituals and meditations of balance and healing are a way to achieve this.
Clear your mind and your personality of all the things you would best be without.
As the Sun wanes, look to your own shadow aspect.
Acknowledge, embrace, the darkest side of your personality.
Know that without this darkness there can be no light.
Your dark and light half make up the whole of who you really are.
Achieving a balance of the two is what we need most desire at the Autumnal Equinox.
Most of all, get outdoors and soak up the magick of Mabon!
- 2pt Frankincense
- 1pt Sandalwood
- 1pt Cypress
- 1pt Juniper
- 1pt Pine
- 1/2pt Oakmoss
- 1 pinch of pulverized Oak Leaf
- Green Man
- Indian Corn
- Pine Cones
- Autumn Leaves
- Dried Seeds
- The Hanged Man Tarot Card
Stones & Gems:
- Lapis Lazuli
- Yellow Agate
- Oak Leaves