Mabon is celebrated during
September 21 (March 21st in the
Southern Hemisphere) to 23rd.
September is a time of harvest
and storing supplies for the winter to come.
The time of harvest is celebration of the Goddess for giving her blessings. It is a time when we must find balance within ourselves, to understand what is the meaning of our lives. There are three aspects of Mabon, which are celebration, gratitude and balance.
Celebration. Search through your own personal harvest which grew from your work and the accomplishments along with your success and look at the results. During Mabon, farmers are willing to show their neighbors their crops and their flocks. Invite your friends and new friends to your dinner table which is a sign of your future prosperity.
Gratitude. Always say some kind and nice words and possibly give small gifts to anyone who has helped you achieve your successes.
Balance. Don't close yourself to safe power for the new summer, for a time of a new rebirth of life. Don’t just collect powers, instead, create those qualities within yourself that are necessary for managing your power, such as demonstrated within your composure, inner balance and inner peace.
Other names for Mabon: Autumn Equinox, Wine Festival, Feast of Avalon, Meyban, Meybon.
Symbolism: Autumn festival, balance, autumn equinox.
Gods & Deities: Mabon, Demeter, Modron, Persephone, Lugh, Ceres, Dionysus, Cernunnos, Thor, Horned God.
Decorations: Corn, autumn leaves, dry twigs, acorns, mushrooms, squash.
Stones: Azure, sapphire, yellow agate, yellow topaz, amethyst.
Plants: Acorns, asters, ferns, honeysuckle, marigold, myrrh, passionflower, pine, rose, sage, thistle, walnut, poplar, oak seeds and leaves, autumn leaves, wheat straw, cypress and pine cones.
Incense: Sandalwood, myrrh, jasmine.
Colors: Orange, red, brown.
Food: Red wine, poultry, fish, squash, melons, vegetable stew, tortillas.
Animals: Crow, owl, dog, wolf.
Mythical Creatures: Gnome, sphinx.
Mabon is a time for celebrating life and its gifts, harvesting the earth, the darker part of the year, the God of Sun and the time of regret for the things that haven’t been completed.
Mabon rituals are aimed to provide enough food, shelter and resources in countries and for people who find themselves in difficult situations, to save them from famine and floods, to protect dolphins, whales, fish and other endangered species. A personal ritual during Mabon is suitable for solving problems related to prosperity in all aspects of your own life. It is a time of opportunity for older folks and for people who are beginning to use their knowledge in new areas.
On Mabon people usually go out to see the nature, in the woods to collect seeds and fallen leaves. Some of the leaves are used to decorate homes, while others remain for future use. Food on Mabon comes from the second harvest, which is usually grains, fruits, vegetables and especially corn. Corn bread and dried squash are traditional Mabon cuisine.
Decorating your Wiccan altar on Mabon is fairly simple. Gather all the items and objects that can be stored for several weeks such as corns, herbs and pumpkins to place on your altar. Autumn leaves, autumn colored items, images or statues of animals are also a good addition.
The Goddess turns into an old woman, a wise grandmother who teaches us to rest after the work is done on Mabon. In ancient Greece, Demeter was the Goddess of this season, who was generous with gifts, and Persephone who descended into the Underworld to return again. She is sometimes portrayed as three women who are called Mothers, and each sit on a throne. They were responsible for the maintenance of fertility and life. Every time we feed the hungry, we honor the Mothers.
The name of the Sabbat and festival comes from the God Mabon. He was called “Mabon, son of Mordon” which means “Son, the son of Mother”. Mabon is an old God, so old that most of the stories about him were lost. All that we know is that he was abducted from his mother when he was only three days old, and was thrown into prison until he was saved by the knights of King Arthur. Due to his experiences of being a prisoner in a dungeon, he is a God of freedom. He frees the animals from cells and weakens the chains of all those who are unjustly imprisoned. He protects all that is wild and free. His animal totems are the owl, the blackbird, deer, eagle and salmon. We honor Mabon when defending the animals, and when we work for the freedom of all people.
Updated: 24 Apr., 2017
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