I thank the God and Goddess each and every year when Autumn / Mabon, (pronounced MAY-bun, MAY-bone, MAH-boon, or MAH-bawn) has finally arrived. It has to be my favourite season of the year – Summer has finally ended and we can now cool down and enjoy the beauty and colour that surrounds this wonderful season.
The Autumn Equinox divides our days and nights equally; we should all take a moment to pay our respects to the impending dark and to the waning sunlight, as we store our harvest of this year’s crops. The Druids call this celebration, Mea’n Fo’mhair, and honour the The Green Man, who is the God of the Forest, by offering libations to trees.I have one section of my Kitchen wall dedicated to The Green Man and his woodlands. Each Autumn I decorate my kitchen and living room with Autumn Baskets and Mabon nick knacks.
Offerings of ciders, wines, herbs and fertilizer are appropriate at this time. Pagans celebrate the aging Goddess as she passes from Mother to Crone, and her consort to the God as he prepares for death and re-birth. Most of us dread the aging process, but with age comes wisdom and knowledge so I am looking forward to both.
Other names for Mabon are The Second Harvest Festival, Wine Harvest, Feast of Avalon, Equinozio di Autunno (Strega), Alben Elfed (Caledonii), or Cornucopia. The Teutonic name, Winter Finding, spans a period of time from the Sabbat to Oct. 15th, Winter’s Night, which is the Norse New Year.
Autumn / Mabon for me is a time of reflection and renewal, to reevaluate the past year, you should gather with your family and prepare for the winding down of the year at Samhain. It is a time to finish up old business as we prepare for a period of rest, relaxation, and reflection.
Mabon is considered a time of the Mysteries. It is a time to honour our Aging Deities and the Spirit World. It is also a time of balance, every year without even planning too I feel the need to relax, read, write and learn.
It is also a time to stop and enjoy the fruits of our personal harvests, whether they be from toiling in your garden, working at your jobs, raising your families, or just coping with the hussle-bussle of everyday life. I hope your Mabon is fruitful and memorable, and that you are ready to take on the world with a renewed fresh outlook on life.