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🌾🌽 Mabon 🌽🌾

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September 21 All day

Pronunciation

MAB-bon

Alternative Names

Autumn or Fall Equinox, Second Harvest, Harvest Home, Wine Harvest, Fruit Harvest, Witches’ Thanksgiving, Alban Elfid (Celtic)

Purpose

In modern-day traditions, we give thanks for the reciprocal relationships we have cultivated with nature, with ourselves, and with one another.

Themes

Balance, gratitude, harvest, introspec­tion, prosperity, reflection, root work, shadow work

Celebrations/Rituals

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

Animals

Blackbird, coyote, crow, duck, goat, goose, owl, raven, stag, squirrel, turkey, wolf

Colors

Burgundy, 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/Planet

Libra/Venus (Sun at 0 degrees Libra)

Direction

West

Element

Water

Trees

Apple, Birch, Oak, Hazel, Pine and Rowan

Gemstones

amber, 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.

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