With Mabon approaching quickly (Septemper 21-29 according toGoogle) and my growing interest in learning about the Sabbats (this being the first time I get to celebrate Mabon) I decided to do a little research.
The name Mabon comes from the Welsh God, Mabon, who was the son of the Earth Mother Goddess, Modron, who was kidnapped for three days after his birth making light go into hiding. However, there is evidence that the name was adopted in the 1970s, and the holiday was not originally a Celtic celebration.
Mabon or Fall/Autumn Equinox is also called The Second Harvest Festival, the Festival of Dionysus, Harvest of First Fruits, and Wine Harvest.
During Medieval times, Christianized European peasants celebrated the autumn equinox as the Feast of the Archangel Michael.
The autumnal equinox occurs on September 22 this year And is recognized by pagans as a time of giving thanks (the pagan Thanksgiving). This is because it is the time when farmers know how well their summer crops did and if their animals were fed well enough to have enough food for the winter. Originally Americans celebrated thanksgiving on October 3 which makes sense as crops have usually died from the cold by the end of November and there isn’t much left to harvest (I thought this was particularly interesting and had wondered why Mabon was a harvest celebration of thanksgiving when it happens in September and thanksgiving isn’t until November ). Mabon is the time of the year to celebrate balance, reflection, and grace.
Ways in which this Sabbat are celebrated are (but not limited to):
- Picking apples as apples are a symbol of the second harvest and commonly associated with the fall season.
- Using apples in rituals performed to give thanks for a bountiful harvest
- Rituals to restore balance and harmony to their lives
- Setting up a Mabon themed altar including symbols of the harvest such as apples, grapes, squash, pumpkins etc.
- Bonfires and feasts with family and friends with food harvested during the season.
Among the symbols used during this season are mid-autumn vegetables like:
- anything made from apples like pie, cider, and sauce
- baskets and harvesting tools symbolizing gathering of crops
- anything made of grapes, especially wine
orange, red, yellow, gold, and brown
A Mabon altar is set up using traditional harvest colors; mid-autumn crops including squash, pumpkin (the only pumpkin emoji I have ), acorns, nuts , grapes , wine pomegranates, bread, honey, and Indian corn, and symbols of your deity. Leaves , twigs, and, and feathers are also included.