Friday, 27 March 2015

Mabon


(Picture found online)

"Tomorrow (21st of March 2015) we celebrate Mabon! It is known as the "Witches" Thanksgiving." It is celebrated on the Autumnal Equinox, and it is the second of the three harvest holidays. This harvest holiday is for the harvest of fruits and vegetables; a time to reap what you have sown, and any grains leftover from Lughnasadh, such as the last of the corn. We should give thanks for the harvest and the bounty the Earth provides. It is a time of equal day and equal night, and for the moment nature is in balance. Time for finishing up old projects and plans and planting the seeds for new enterprises or a change in lifestyle. 

The Druids call this celebration, Mea'n Fo'mhair, and honor the The Green Man, the God of the Forest, by offering libations to trees. Offerings of ciders, wines, herbs and fertilizer are appropriate at this time. Wiccans celebrate the aging Goddess as she passes from Mother to Crone, and her consort the God as he prepares for death and re-birth.

The Dark Mother, Demeter, also represents this time of year. Mabon rituals welcome the Dark Mother, and celebrates that aspect of the Goddess which we may not always find comforting or appealing, but which we must always be willing to acknowledge."

Candle Thankfulness ritual

The day before Mabon, I did a simple version of a candle thankfulness ritual. I lit a candle and wrote a list of things I was thankful for in life, giving thanks to the God and Goddess.

Mabon Apple Ritual

I found a Mabon apple ritual online. I opened with the circle calling instructions from Spellcraft For Hedgewitches by Rae Beth. It probably doesn't need a circle but I wanted to do it properly.

I began by casting a circle with my crystal wand.

"I cast this circle in the name of the Mother Goddess and her Lord, nature's guardian. May it be a meeting place of love and wisdom."

I replaced the wand and continued:

"I call upon the elemental spirits of Air, the breath of life, to watch over me and assist me with magic. spirits of voice that sings and of wind that lifts wings, hail and welcome.

"I call upon the elemental spirits of Fire, the flame of life, to watch over me and assist me with magic. Spirits of bright energy in each living being and in hearth fire and in Earth's core, hail and welcome.

"I call upon the elemental spirits of Water, the flow of life, to watch over me and assist me with magic. Spirits of dream seen reflected in fresh steam, spirits of deep feeling, hail and welcome.

"I call upon the elemental spirits of Earth, the body of life, to watch over me and assist me with magic. Spirits of stone and bone, flesh, vegetation, matter of fact, hail and welcome.

"I call upon the elemental spirits of Ether, the wraith of life, to watch over me and assist me with magic. You who are everywhere, in all directions, in Fire and Water and Earth and Air, sustaining, I bid you hail and welcome.

"Great Mother, you who are creative power in every cell of our bodies and in each star and in all the multitudes of plants and creatures, on land or under teh sea, I call upon you to waken within me the power to cast spells. A vibrant Lady of Faery, bless my work of magic. Make all things well. For you are the wisdom of nature and deep enchantment and the pattern of harmony, throughout all worlds.

"I call upon you, Great Horned God, the Father of Wildness. Within each heart. Lead me, as I turn within to untamed faery places. You who are the prompter of each step beyond the safe boundaries, let magic start. But guide and watch over me now, as I hunt the moment when power rises and spells are cast."

I then proceeded with the following rite:


Mabon Apple Harvest Rite
The apple's star is often seen as a magical symbol.
Mabon, the Autumn Equinox, is celebrated in many ways around the world. It is a day of balance, with equal amounts of darkness and light, but soon, winter will arrive. In some Wiccan traditions, it marks the time when the Sun King descends into the underworld, from which he will be reborn at Yule.
In many pantheons, the apple is a symbol of the Divine. Apple trees are representative of wisdom and guidance.
This apple ritual will allow you time to thank the gods for their bounty and blessings, and to enjoy the magic of the earth before the winds of winter blow through.
Decorate your altar with symbols of the season -- a basket of gourds or small pumpkins, colorful fall leaves, acorns, vines, grapes or blackberries. You'll also need a pair of orange candles to symbolize the harvest, a cup of cider or wine, and an apple.
If your tradition requires you to cast a circle, do so now.
Light your harvest candles. Face the altar and hold the apple in both hands. If you can do this rite outside, raise the apple up to the sky, and feel the wisdom and energy of the gods coming to you. Say

The apple is sacred, a symbol of the gods,
and holds the knowledge of the ancients inside.
Tonight I ask the gods to bless me with their wisdom.

 
Say:
Five points in a star, hidden inside.
One for earth, one for air, one for fire,
one for water, and the last for spirit.


Next, turn to the south and say:
I call upon the wise ones, the ancient gods,
as the sun moves away and fire fades,
to be replaced with the chill of the night.


Finally, face west, and say:
I will reflect on the guidance of the gods,
and let the cool autumn rains wash over me,
cleansing my heart and soul.


Raise the cup of wine or cider to the sky, and toast the gods. Say:
The wild god returns this night to the belly of the Mother.
The mother goddess tonight becomes the Crone.
As the Wheel of the Year turns, the earth dies a bit each day.
I willingly follow the old gods into the darkness,
where they will watch over me, protect me, and keep me safe.


Sip from the cup, and as you drink your wine or cider, think about the power and energy of the Divine, in whatever aspect you choose to honor.
Extinguish one of the candles, and say:
The wild god has gone to rest in the Underworld.
I look to the darkness for renewal and rebirth.


Tips:
  • Leave the apples on your altar overnight, and the next morning, put them in your garden as an offering to the earth.
  • Feel free to replace the wild god and mother goddess with the names of deities from your own tradition.

13 comments:

  1. I like these posts about your rituals. Nowadays I do not have a tranquil space to really concentrate on anything spiritual. :(

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    1. Thank you, I just have a a shelf of the bookshelf in my room with my altar things, you could also try and find a local park during the day when there aren't a lot of people around.

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  2. i never realized your holidays would be 'backwards' in your parts! i guess it makes sense but i never thought about it. we just had ostara!

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    1. Yes, they are backwards because we have backwards seasons, ha ha ;) Your side of the world has the original dates, as Easter is based on Ostara or Eostre :)

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  3. Thanks for sharing this. I love to read about everyone's traditions and spirituality. Blessings!

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  4. Happy Mabon! We had a lovely Ostara here in Canada. It's starting to warm up a bit.

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    1. Thanks, we are enjoying the drop in the crazy Australian humidity!

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  5. I also love these rituals posts! And I was also confused how you could be celebrating the coming of autumn and not spring xD

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  6. Oh Lovely Laura you are so dedicated and devoted to your craft and spirituality, and you are practicing it so beautifully! Amazing Mabon post. I adore that apple ritual!

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