Sunday, September 23, 2007

Mabon



I thought you might like to see a photo of our Mabon Altar. I used a cloth with the colors of the season. My decorations include a pumpkin, pinecones. fall leaves,flowers and my harvest troll. I also added my moon mirror showing both the light and the dark and a set of scales to show balance. Once the equinox arrives the days become shorter and stay that way until Spring. Here is some more information on Mabon.



MAY-bon, MAY-bun, MAY-bone, MAH-boon or MAH-bawn, - Lesser Sabbat - Fall/Autumn Equinox, September 21-23
Michaelmas (September 25th, Christian), Second Harvest Festival, Witches' Thanksgiving, Harvest Home (Anglo-Celtic), Feast of Avalon, Wine Harvest, Festival of Dionysus, Cornucopia, Equinozio di Autunno (Strega), Chung Chiu (China), Night of the Hunter, Alban Elfed "The Light of the Water"(Caledonii/ Druidic-celebrates Lord of the Mysteries), Winter Finding (Teutonic, from Equinox 'til Winter Night or Nordic New Year, Oct 15th.)

Mabon is considered a time of the Mysteries. It is a time to honor Aging Deities and the Spirit World. Considered a time of balance, it is when we stop and relax and enjoy the fruits of our personal harvests, whether they be from toiling in our gardens, working at our jobs, raising our families, or just coping with the hussle-bussle of everyday life. May your Mabon be memorable, and your hearts and spirits be filled to overflowing!


Purpose:
Second harvest festival, new wine pressing/making preparation for winter and Samhain, rest after labor, Pagan day of Thanksgiving, honoring the spirit world, celebration of wine.

Dynamics/Meaning:
death of the God, assumption of the Crone, balance of light and dark; increase of darkness, grape harvest, completion of the harvest.

Essence:
Beauty, joy; fullness of life, harvest of the year's desires, strength; laughter; power; prosperity, equality, balance, appreciation, harvest, protection, wealth, security, self-confidence, reincarnation.

Symbolism of Mabon:
Second Harvest, the Mysteries, Equality and Balance.

Symbols of Mabon:
wine, gourds, pine cones, acorns, grains, corn, apples, pomegranates, vines such as ivy, dried seeds, and horns of plenty.

Tools, Symbols & Decorations:
Indian corn, red fruits, autumn flowers, red poppies, hazelnuts, garlands, grains especially wheat stalks, and colorful, fallen leaves, acorns, pine & cypress cones, oak sprigs, pomegranate, statue/or figure to represent the Mother Goddess, mabon wreath, vine, grapes, gourd, cornucopia/horns of plenty, burial cairns, apples, marigolds, harvested crops, burial cairns, rattles, the Mysteries, sun wheel, all harvest symbols.

Herbs & Plants of Maybon:
Acorn, aster, benzoin, cedar, ferns, grains, hazel, honeysuckle, hops, ivy, marigold, milkweed, mums, myrrh, oak leaf, passionflower, pine, rose, sage, solomon's seal, tobacco, thistle, and vegetables.

Foods of Mabon:
Breads, nuts, apples, pomegranates, cornbread, wheat products, grains, berries, grapes, acorns, seeds, dried fruits, corn, beans, squash, roots (ie onions, carrots, potatoes, etc), hops, sasssafras, roast goose or mutton, wine, ale, & cider.

Incense & Oils of Mabon:
Pine, sweetgrass, apple blossom, benzoin, myrrh, frankincense, jasmine, sage wood aloes, black pepper, patchouly, cinnamon, clove, oak moss, & sage.

Colors/Candles of Mabon:
Red, orange, russet, maroon, brown, gold, deep gold, green, orange, scarlet, all autumn colors, purple, blue, violet, & indigo.

Stones of Mabon:
Sapphire, lapis lazuli, yellow agates, carnelian, yellow topaz, & amethyst.

Customs:
Offerings to land, preparing for cold weather, bringing in harvest, cutting willow wands (Druidic), eating seasonal fruit, leaving apples upon burial cairns & graves as a token of honor, walk wild places & forests, gather seed pods & dried plants, fermenting grapes to make wine,picking ripe produce, stalk bundling; fishing,. on the closest full moon (Harvest Moon) harvesting corps by moonlight.

Activities of Mabon:
Making wine, gathering dried herbs, plants, seeds and seed pods, walking in the woods, scattering offerings in harvested fields, offering libations to trees, adorning burial sites with leaves, acorns, and pine cones to honor those who have passed over.

Spellworkings and Rituals of Mabon:
Protection, security, and self-confidence. Also those of harmony and balance. Celtic Festival of the Vine, prosperity rituals, introspection, rituals which enact the elderly aspects of both Goddess & God, past life recall.

Animals/Mythical beings:
Dogs, wolves, stag, blackbird, owl, eagle, birds of prey, salmon & goat, Gnomes, Sphinx, Minotaur, Cyclops, Andamans and Gulons.

Goddesses:
Modron (Welsh), Bona Dea, Land Mother, Aging & Harvest Dieties: the Triple Goddess-Mother aspect, Persephone, Demeter/Ceres, Morgan (Welsh- Cornish), Snake Woman (aboriginal), Epona (Celtic-Gaulish), Pamona (roman), the Muses (greek)

Gods:
Mabon ap Modron (Welsh), Sky Father, The Green Man, Wine Gods, Aging Gods, John Barley Corn , the Wicker-Man, the Corn Man, Thoth (Egyptian), Hermes, Hotei (Japanese), Thor, Dionysus (Roman), Bacchus (Greek) & all wine Deities

Element/Gender:
Water

Threshold:
Evening

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10 Comments:

Blogger miss*R said...

thanks for this Autumn! I love that an Aboriginal name was included in the Goddesses

bright blessings this Equinox!

September 23, 2007 at 7:31 AM  
Blogger Laura Stamps said...

Such a lovely altar! Thanks for showing it to us. What a treat!! much love to you and many faery xoxoxo!!

September 23, 2007 at 10:33 AM  
Anonymous Jaspenelle said...

Beautiful altar, now I want some scales darn it *grins*. Love the information too, thank you!

Since everything is in boxes here for the move next week so no formal altar. However my kitchen in not packed and I have 60 pounds of apples on the counter to pressure can. That is my impromptu altar... XD

All our ritual items are packed for the move next week, only the kitchen isstill unpacked, so the kitchen is our altar.

September 23, 2007 at 11:25 AM  
Blogger peppylady said...

I got most of Lithia Alter tore down and we going though some changes here.
Hopeful I'll have mine up in next little bit.

September 23, 2007 at 12:37 PM  
Anonymous Cathy said...

What a beautiful altar!

September 23, 2007 at 2:20 PM  
Blogger Julie Marie said...

Hi,

I avoided reading this until now as I wanted to post about Mabon myself, and didn't want to copy you, so anything I wrote is purely coincidental.

Now that I HAVE read it, I enjoyed it so much.

Julie

September 23, 2007 at 11:08 PM  
Blogger Autumn said...

Julie
Don't worry about it if we said similar things. I "borrowed" my information off the net. There is just so much one can write about without repeating someone lol
I hope you enjoy the Sabbath

September 24, 2007 at 12:11 AM  
Blogger Julie Marie said...

I really like this post - and I love your Mabon Altar.

Julie

September 24, 2007 at 9:05 PM  
Blogger Ruth said...

I love your altar - I've made one too, with myrtle sprigs, hazelnuts and some black and white crystals

September 25, 2007 at 6:38 AM  
Blogger miss*R said...

Hi Autumn - can you check your email box? I have sent an email about the goddess blog xo
if it didn't come through, maybe it is in the trash xo

September 26, 2007 at 8:30 PM  

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