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🌾🌽 Mabon 🌽🌾
September 21 – September 24
Autumn or Fall Equinox, Second Harvest, Harvest Home, Wine Harvest, Fruit Harvest, Witches’ Thanksgiving, Alban Elfid (Celtic)
In modern-day traditions, we give thanks for the reciprocal relationships we have cultivated with nature, with ourselves, and with one another.
Balance, gratitude, harvest, introspection, prosperity, reflection, root work, shadow work
Charity work, feasting, gathering, harvesting
Tools, Symbols, and Decorations
acorns, animal bones, apples, autumn leaves, balance scales, corn, cornucopia (horn of plenty), gourds, grapes and grapevines, pentacles, pine cones, pomegranates, poppies, root vegetables, seeds, sunflowers, wine
Blackbird, coyote, crow, duck, goat, goose, owl, raven, stag, squirrel, turkey, wolf
ColorsBurgundy, burnt orange, dark green, eggplant, brown, gold
Food and Drink
Apples, ale, beans, bread, cider, corn, duck, goose, grapes, mutton, pumpkin pie, root vegetables, turkey, wine
Herbs, Incense, and Oils
Almond, amber, amyris, apple blossom, aster, benzoin (styrax), chrysanthemum, clove, hops, marigold, milk thistle, myrrh, oakmoss, patchouli, rose hip, rosemary, rue, safflower, saffron, sage, sandalwood, thyme, vetiver, walnut
Zodiac/PlanetLibra/Venus (Sun at 0 degrees Libra)
TreesApple, Birch, Oak, Hazel, Pine and Rowan
Gemstonesamber, amethyst, cat’s eye, citrine, garnet, peridot, ruby, tiger’s eye, yellow topaz
Mabon is the modern reconstruction of the ancient Pagan festivals surrounding the Autumn Equinox. Light and dark are in equal length, but now the darkness will start to overtake the light.
This is the second harvest festival. It is a celebration of thanks for the crops that were harvested (also called “Witches’ Thanksgiving”).
Autumn leaves stir and the sunlight wanes over the emptying fields as a flurry of activity fills the orchards and pumpkin patches. Hunters spend early mornings in the forest, seeking out deer, turkey, and other woodland creatures for the smokehouse. Root cellars and larders fill with hardy fruits and vegetables as well as the efforts of summer pickling and early fall canning.