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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 


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 



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.


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.