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Symbolism of Mabon is Second Harvest, the Mysteries, Equality and Balance. Day and night are
equal and the God prepares to leave His physical body and begin the great adventure into the
Symbols are wine, grapes, leaves, marigolds, gourds, pine cones, acorns, grains, corn, apples,
nuts, oak springs, pomegranates, vines such as ivy, dried seeds, and horns of plenty.
Appropriate colors for Mabon are red, orange, deep gold, brown, russet,
maroon and violet.
Candle colors might be orange, dark red, , indigo and brown.
Decorations include corn, aspen, acorns, oak sprigs, autumn leaves, wheat stalks, cypress cones,
pine cones, harvest gleanings, grapes, wine, vines, garlands, gourds, burial cairns, rattles, horns
of plenty, Indian corn, Sun wheels.
Altar cloths of any of the appropriate colors or they can also be made with Fall designs.
Stones to use are amethyst, yellow topaz, carnelian, lapis lazuli, sapphire, clear quartz, amber,
peridot, diamond, citrine, cat's-eye, adventurine and yellow agate. River and stream stones
gathered over the Summer can be empowered for various purposes at this time. Stones ruled by
the sun will help bring the sun's energy to you.
Animals associated with the Autumn Equinox are dogs, wolves and birds of prey. Stag, blackbird,
owl, eagle, salmon and goat. Mythical creatures include gnomes, Minotaur's, sphinx, cyclopes,
andamans and gulons.
Plants are vines, ivy, hazel, cedar, hops and tobacco.
Traditional herbs are acorns, asters, benzoin, ferns, grains, honeysuckle, marigold, milkweed,
mums, myrrh, oak leaves, passionflower, pine, roses, sage, Solomon's seal, tobacco, thistles and
Incense for the Mabon Sabbat Ritual might include any or all of these; Frankincense, sweetgrass,
pine, apple blossom, sage wood aloes, jasmine, cinnamon, musk, cloves, benzoin, myrrh and
The foods of Mabon consist of the gleanings of the Second Harvest such as grains, fruit and
vegetables, especially corn. Corn bread, wheat products and cider are traditional fare as are
beans and baked squash. Other foods include wine, grapes, pomegranates, roots (carrots, onions,
potatoes, etc.), nuts and apples. Roast goose or mutton, wine, ale and ciders are a harvest fare.
Customs: Offerings to the land (Mother Nature), preparing for cold weather by bringing in the
harvest, cutting willow wands, leaving apples on graves as a token of honor, walks in the forest,
gathering seed pods and dried plants, fermenting grapes to make wine, picking ripe produce, stalk
Spellwork: Protection, prosperity, security and self-confidence. Spells for harmony and balance. It
was considered taboo to cut down the last of the harvest and so it was left to stand in the field by
Goddesses of Mabon are:
All grape and berry Goddesses
All fruit and vegetable Goddesses
Ceres, Changing Woman, the Corn Mothers, Demeter, Epona, Freya, Hecate, Isis, Modron, Morgan,
the Muses, Pomona, Persephone and many others.
Gods of Mabon are:
All wine Gods
All fruit Gods
All non-grain Harvest Gods
All Gods of abandonment
Bacchus, Dionysys, The Great Horned Lord, Hermes, Iacchus, Thoth and many others.
Attunement teas: all berry drinks, grape drinks, heather, hops, sassafras.
Ritual oils are apple blossom, hay, straw, black pepper, patchouli.
Activities of Mabon can be selecting the best of each vegetable, herb, fruit, nut and other food
you harvest or purchase and give it back to Mother Earth with prayers of thanksgiving.
Hang dried ears of corn around your home to show appreciation of the harvest season. Do
meditations and chanting as you process food to store away for winter.
Decorate with colorful autumn leaves in a basket and display the fruits of the harvest such as
corn, gourds, nuts, grapes and apples in a cornucopia. You can also decorate with wildflowers,
acorns, nuts, berries, cocoons and anything that represents the harvest.
Plan a ritual feast using seasonal and symbolic fruits and vegetables. Serve bread, squash, corn,
apples, cider and wine. You can make homemade wine or cordial, gather and dry herbs, plants,
seeds and seed pods. Make grapevine wreaths using dried bitter-sweet herb for protection. Use
ribbons of gold and yellow to bring in the energy of the Sun. Decorate with sprigs of dried yarrow
or cinnamon sticks.
Make protection charms of hazelnuts strung on red thread. Make a witch's broom by tying dried
corn husks or herbs such as broom, cedar, fennel, lavender, peppermint or rosemary sprigs
around a strong straight branch found on the ground during one of your walks. Make Apple
Dollies, collect fallen leaves and make a centerpiece for you home. Save the leaves to burn in the
This is also the time for replacing your old broom with a new one. Broom corn is ripe now and
besom making is traditional and magickal at this time.
Traditionally Sabbat festivals begin at sun set on the eve of the Holiday. You can use your daytime
hours at this Holiday Eve to prepare baskets for harvesting the next day.
Bake a pumpkin pie, from scratch if possible, and it will bring in the fragrance of the Holiday
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