Mabon is the second of the three harvest festivals celebrated on the wheel of the year. From September 20th through the 23rd, Pagans celebrate the autumn equinox, which means equal night.
Mabon gets its name from the Welsh god of the same name, recognized as the “Divine Child.” Mabon’s history comes from the story of Culhwch and Olwen. As a baby, Mabon was taken from Modron (The Great Mother). Eventually, he’s rescued by King Arthur’s men.
Legend tells us that Mabon comprised the youngest and oldest souls, making his life a paradox. This balance is the Autumnal Equinox where the light and dark keep an equal stasis.
John Beckett shares a ritual in his piece, “Mabon-A Solitary Ritual.”
“This ritual honors Manannan mac Lir in his role as King of the Otherworld. As always, you are free to honor another deity instead, but if so please give careful thought as to who and why.”
“This ritual can be done outdoors or indoors, day or night. I prefer to do rituals outdoors whenever possible, but that’s a personal preference, not a requirement. Just find a time and place where you won’t be disturbed.“
Click the link to read the ritual.Mabon-A Solitary Ritual
The aspect of balance appeals to me in this sabbat. We all live crazy-busy lives. Some days, I don’t know if I’m coming or going. But, by the time I reach the Autumnal Equinox, it’s easy to feel the change in the seasons. Even here in hot and sunny Arizona, the sun rises later in the morning and sets earlier in the evening, giving a sense of harmony to my day. Mabon rings in the first blush of Autumn.
Once an agrarian society propelled by the growing of crops, our society has changed to a nonagricultural structure. I’m not sure that’s been for our common good.
Mabon celebrates the apple and harvest rituals. Read more: https://wiccanspells.info/a-mabon-apple-ritual/
Apples are associated with Mabon and the harvest. Have you ever cut an apple in half? Inside, you will find a five-pointed star. The apple is also associated with immortality and considered the food of the dead. This is another reason why autumn is called the dying season.
Gratitude rituals are an important part of Mabon. In fact, September 21st is World Gratitude Day. I try daily to look for things, including people and circumstances, for which I should be grateful. The best part is when I recognize that moment of gratitude. I savor it!
During this Mabon season, I’ll spend some time reflecting on the balance in my life. Am I balancing my writing time and my play time? Where is balance missing in my life? It’s the perfect time to strive for an equal balance.