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Wheel of the Year

 

Mabon Lore

Autumn Equinox, around September 21, is the

time of the descent of the Goddess into the

Underworld. With her departure, we see the

decline of nature and the coming of winter.

This is a classic, ancient mythos, seen in the

Sumerian myth of Inanna and in the ancient

Greek and Roman legends of Demeter and

Persephone.

In September, we also bid farewell to the

Harvest Lord who was slain at Lammas. He is

the Green Man, seen as the cycle of nature in

the plant kingdom. He is harvested and his

seeds are planted into the Earth so that life

may continue and be more abundant.

From the moment of the September Equinox, the

Sun's strength diminishes, until the moment of

Winter Solstice in December, when the Sun grows

stronger and the days once again become longer

than the nights.

Symbols celebrating the season include various

types of gourd and melons. Stalk can be tied

together symbolizing the Harvest Lord and then

set in a circle of gourds. A besom can be

constructed to symbolize the polarity of male

and female. The Harvest Lord is often

symbolized by a straw man, whose sacrificial

body is burned and its ashes scattered upon the

earth. The Harvest Queen, or Kern Baby, is made

from the last sheaf of the harvest and bundled

by the reapers who proclaim, "We have the Kern!"

The sheaf is dressed in a white frock decorated

with colorful ribbons depicting spring, and then

hung upon a pole (a phallic fertility symbol).

In Scotland, the last sheaf of harvest is called

the Maiden, and must be cut by the youngest

female in attendance.

 

 

 

Altar Dressings

* candles should be brown or cinnamon.

* decorate circle with autumn flowers,

acorns, gourds, corn sheaves and fall

leaves.

 

 

 

Mabon Magickal Herbs

Rue, yarrow, rosemary, marigold, sage, walnut

leaves and husks, mistletoe, saffron, chamomile,

almond leaves, passionflower, frankincense,

rose hips, bittersweet, sunflower, wheat, oak

leaves, dried apple or apple seeds.

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Incense

Pine, sage, sweetgrass or myrhh. You can also mix

marigold, passionflower, and fern, using

frankincense or myrhh as a resin for Mabon incense

 

 

 

Mabon Magickal Stones

During Mabon, stones ruled by the Sun will help

bring the Sun's energy to you. Clear quartz,

amber, peridot, diamond, gold, citrine, yellow

topaz, cat's-eye, adventurine.

Mabon is a good time to cast spells of balance

and harmony. It's also a time of change.

Protection, wealth and prosperity spells are

appropriate as well.

Holiday Fare

Mabon is the Witch's Thanksgiving, a time to

appreciate and give thanks to the Goddess for

her bounty and to share in the joys of the

harvest. Fall fruits, squash, gourds, pumpkins,

grains, nut breads, vegetables.

A magickal Mabon beverage: hot apple cider.

Apple rules the heart, cider alone is a self-

love potion. By spicing it with cinnamon, ruled

by Jupiter and the Sun, we are in essence,

ingesting the sunlight.

Sample menu #1: Mabon Wine Moon Cider, Roast

Chicken Rubbed with Sage, Basil, and Thyme,

Acorn Squash made with Sweet Butter, Cinnamon

and Honey, and Apple Bread.

Sample menu #2: Wine from the god and beans and

squashes from the goddess. A hearty multi-bean

soup with smoked meats (optional), including

such as cut-up mild sausage like mild Italian

or Polish.

Mabon Wine Moon Cider

4 cups apple cider 1/2 tsp. whole cloves

4 cups grape juice additional cinnamon sticks

2 cinnamon sticks for cups, 6 inches long

1 tsp allspice

In a 4-quart saucepan, heat cider and grape

juice. Add cinnamon, allspice and cloves.

Bring just to boiling. Lower heat and simmer

for 5 minutes.

Serve with ladle from a cauldron. Makes 8 cups.

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