1.) Find some balance.
Mabon is a time of balance, when there are equal hours of darkness and light, and that can affect people in different ways. For some, it’s a season to honor the darker aspects of the goddess, calling upon that which is devoid of light. For others, it’s a time of thankfulness, of gratitude for the abundance we have at the season of harvest. Because this is, for many people, a time of high energy, there is sometimes a feeling of restlessness in the air, a sense that something is just a bit “off”. If you’re feeling a bit spiritually lopsided, with this simple meditation you can restore a little balance into your life. You can also try a ritual to bring balance and harmony to your home.
2.) Hold a food drive.
Many Pagans and Wiccans count Mabon as a time of thanks and blessings — and because of that, it seems like a good time to give to those less fortunate than ourselves. If you find yourself blessed with abundance at Mabon, why not give to those who aren’t? Invite friends over for a feast, but ask each of them to bring a canned food, dry goods, or other non-perishable items? Donate the collected bounty to a local food bank or homeless shelter.
3.) Pick some apples.
Apples are the perfect symbol of the Mabon season. Long connected to wisdom and magic, there are so many wonderful things you can do with an apple. Find an orchard near you, and spend a day with your family. As you pick the apples, give thanks to Pomona, goddess of fruit trees. Be sure to only pick what you’re going to use — if you can, gather plenty to take home and preserve for the coming winter months. Take your apples home and use them in rituals, for divination, and for delicious recipes that your family can enjoy all season long.
4.) Count your blessings.
Mabon is a time of giving thanks, but sometimes we take our fortune for granted. Sit down and make a gratitude list. Write down things that you are thankful for. An attitude of gratefulness helps bring more abundance our way — what are things you’re glad you have in your life? Maybe it’s the small things, like “I’m glad I have my cat Peaches” or “I’m glad my car is running.” Maybe it’s something bigger, like “I’m thankful I have a warm home and food to eat” or “I’m thankful people love me even when I’m cranky.” Keep your list some place you can see it, and add to it when the mood strikes you.
5.) Honor the darkness.
Without darkness, there is no light. Without night, there can be no day. Despite a basic human need to overlook the dark, there are many positive aspects to embracing the dark side, if it’s just for a short time. After all, it was Demeter’s love for her daughter Persephone that led her to wander the world, mourning for six months at a time, bringing us the death of the soil each fall. In some paths, Mabon is the time of year that celebrates the Crone aspect of a triune goddess. Celebrate a ritual that honors that aspect of the Goddess which we may not always find comforting or appealing, but which we must always be willing to acknowledge. Call upon the gods and goddesses of the dark night, and ask for their blessings this time of year.
6.) Get back to nature.
Fall is here, and that means the weather is bearable once more. The nights are becoming crisp and cool, and there’s a chill in the air. Take your family on a nature walk, and enjoy the changing sights and sounds of the outdoors. Listen for geese honking in the sky above you, check the trees for changing in the colors of the leaves, and watch the ground for dropped items like acorns, nuts, and seed pods. If you live in an area that doesn’t have any restrictions on removing natural items from park property, take a small bag with you and fill it up with the things you discover along the way. Bring your goodies home for your family’s altar. If you are prohibited from removing natural items, fill your bag with trash and clean up the outdoors!
7.) Tell timeless stories.
In many cultures, fall was a time of celebration and gathering. It was the season in which friends and relatives would come from far and near to get together before the cold winter kept them apart for months at a time. Part of this custom was storytelling. Learn the harvest tales of your ancestors or of the people indigenous to the area in which you live. A common theme in these stories is the cycle of death and rebirth, as seen in the planting season. Learn about the stories of Osiris, Mithras, Dionysius, Odin and other deities who have died and then restored to life.
8.) Raise some energy.
It’s not uncommon for Pagans and Wiccans to make remarks regarding the “energy” of an experience or event. If you’re having friends or family over to celebrate Mabon with you, you can raise group energy by working together. A great way to do this is with a drum or music circle. Invite everyone to bring drums, rattles, bells, or other instruments. Those who don’t have an instrument can clap their hands. Begin in a slow, regular rhythm, gradually increasing the tempo until it reaches a rapid pace. End the drumming at a pre-arranged signal, and you’ll be able to feel that energy wash over the group in waves. Another way of raising group energy is chanting, or with dance. With enough people, you can hold a Spiral Dance.
9.) Celebrate hearth and home.
As autumn rolls in, we know we’ll be spending more time indoors in just a few months. Take some time to do a fall version of spring cleaning. Physically clean your home from top to bottom, and then do a ritual smudging. Use sage or sweetgrass, or asperge with consecrated water as you go through your home and bless each room. Decorate your home with symbols of the harvest season, and set up a family Mabon altar. Put sickles, scythes and bales of hay around the yard. Collect colorful autumn leaves, gourds and fallen twigs and place them in decorative baskets in your house. If you have any repairs that need to be done, do them now so you don’t have to worry about them over the winter. Throw out or give away anything that’s no longer of use.
10.) Welcome the gods of the vine.
Grapes are everywhere, so it’s no surprise that the Mabon season is a popular time to celebrate winemaking, and deities connected to the growth of the vine. Whether you see him as Bacchus, Dionysus, the Green Man, or some other vegetative god, the god of the vine is a key archetype in harvest celebrations. Take a tour of a local winery and see what it is they do this time of year. Better yet, try your hand at making your own wine! If you’re not into wine, that’s okay — you can still enjoy the bounty of grapes, and use their leaves and vines for recipes and craft projects. However you celebrate these deities of vine and vegetation, you may want to leave a small offering of thanks as you reap the benefits of the grape harvest.
Wicca chant: The leaves on the trees (by evestra)
Take a few minutes out of your day to meditate on the connectedness of everything? “The leaves on the trees reach up to the sky as their roots reach down through the deep, dark earth.”
“The Presence that stands Upon the stairs
The unseen hands That move the chairs.
The lights that play Across the wall,
The stains that stay, The plates that fall,
The mist , the chill, The wandering scents
This gentle spell must speed them hence.
At midnight, set A table neat,
With cup and plate, And wine and meat,
Invite the ghost To sit and feast,
As any host Should urge a guest.
Presently, clear The meal away,
Then open the door and softly say-
“Quick or dead, Thou art fed,
Cease to grieve And take thy leave”
Bid him depart But should he remain
Be calm, take heart And feast him again.
To send out positive “healing” vibrations to the planet, perform this spell during an
eclipse or when the Moon is in a waxing phase. Arrange seashells on a secluded beach to form a magic circle at least five feet in diameter. (If you do not have access to a beach, you may perform this spell in a forest or secluded garden using stones, branches and/or flowers to form the circle.) Kneel in the center of the circle, facing the ocean. Light a blue candle and a stick of incense and place them before you. Raise your arms high with palms up in the traditional Witch’s prayer position, and recite the following chant:
With smoke and flame This spell’s begun.
O Goddess of the stars,
Moon and the Sun,
Let the healing power begin.
Let the Earth be whole again.
The earth is my Mother
And I am Her child.
The Earth is my lover
Free and wild.
Heal on the outside; Heal within,
Land and sea, fire and wind.
With love sincere I chant this prayer
To make mankind begin to care.
Let every sister and every brother
Heal the wounds of the Great Earth Mother.
Let the healing power begin,
Let the Earth be whole again.
Heal on the outside; Heal within,
Land and sea, fire and wind
SO MOTE IT BE!
White, clear and cool blue, celestite gets its name from the sky. It’s gentle nature soothes nerves, reduces stress and quiets the mind. It allows us to find serenity, harmony and easiness. It creates stillness for receiving, therefore allowing us connection to spirit, life overview and creativity. Celestite increases self-expression, artistic creativity and healing. This stone helps the Throat Chakra by allowing for honesty, openness and listening. The celestial blue color helps reduce stress, worry and anxiety.
Celestite is an aura cleanser. It assists in bringing our higher vibrations in order. This is a very spiritual stone, seemingly connected to the divine. It’s peaceful nature emulates it’s relationship to the angelic world. Use this stone for spiritual development, finding purity of heart and clairvoyant communication. It is a stone associated with dream recall and astral journeys. This stone can be used at the third eye to help with these situations. Clusters of celestite can be used for scrying purposes. Place in any room to enhance and increase the vibrational energy. Always work with this stone with the crystalline points facing the heavens.
Since this stone is so good at relieving anxiety, it is the perfect stone for insomnia. It is most familiar for easing tension and creating equilibrium.
I personally don’t use an athame as i find using my finger more effective. However, i do think that i will use one in the future when i feel the time is right (and when i have enough money!)
The athame is most commonly a knife or dagger, usually with an iron or steel, less commonly a copper or bronze, blade, which may or may not have a number of sigils (ie magickal symbols) etched onto the handle or blade.
Popular modern paganism, particularly wicca, insists that the personal blade, usually hafted with a black handle, must never be used to cut anything. Most definitely, they insist, it must never be used to draw blood. Your athame is, above all else, a working tool. It should be cleaned from time to time to prevent rust developing.
- Casting the circle. Most Witches use their athame to draw the borders when casting their circle. Some Witches use an athame for most circles, reserving wands for casting circles of special significance .
- Drawing lines. There are many rituals that call for drawing a line. Sometimes the athame marks an imaginary line in the air. Other times the athame actually draws a visible line in something material, such as dirt or salt.
- Mixing. The athame is the most common tool when used for mixing salt and water or mixing potions. Pick up ingredients with the point of your athame. Proportions may be measured out on the tip of the blade. The tip of the athame may also be used for stirring.
- Charging. The athame may be used when consecrating, charging, or empowering other tools.
- Setting limits. Often you will have a ritual where you are magickally setting limits of some kind. You can use the athame to ceremonially mark the limit.
- Making choices. Some traditions use the athame for making choices and carrying them out.