13 Ideas for a Family Mabon *
Heather Evenstar Osterman
published in Widdershins; volume 5 issue 4. http://www.widdershins.org/)
is a gorgeous season. Nature is a blaze of color and everything seems to
come into balance. Night and day are again equal. There is a bountiful
harvest to be thankful for, yet we must plan for the sparse times ahead.
This is a time of generosity and conservation. So, how do you share these
values with your children? You can plan Mabon activities for the whole
family to enjoy.
(also Harvest Home, Alban Elfed or Winter Finding) is celebrated at the
Autumnal Equinox. This is the second harvest festival of the year, that of
fruits and vegetables. Mabon is the Welsh God of all things wild and free.
He is also associated with the Sun God whose power dies on this day.
also give thanks to the spirit of vegetation for the sacrifice made so
that we can live through the winter. The Goddess at this Sabbat is the
grandmotherly crone, warm and wise. Here are some ideas to get your family
started in celebrating this season:
a potluck feast with a group of friends and loved ones to celebrate the
abundance of the season. Feel the warmth of being part of a community.
someone in a nursing home. As a family, take your special person baked
goodies and colored pictures. Read them books or tell them stories.
around your neighborhood picking up garbage. Do what you can to improve
your home and prepare for winter.
a subject that interests the whole family. Go to the library or find other
resources and study that subject. Together, share what you've learned.
at old family photo albums or scrapbooks. Try to tell stories about each
person in the pictures.
an apple on the grave of an ancestor. Cut an apple in half to show your
children the star inside. This is a reminder that all life is renewed in
cored apples filled with butter and cinnamon as a special treat.
decorations for your front door out of colored leaves, pinecones, nuts,
acorns and Indian Corn bundles.
a walk in a wild place. Gather seedpods and dried plants. Sing songs and
talk about all the things you've done over the summer. Make plans for the
the birds and small animals in the wilderness or by your home by making a
birdfeeder or mandala filled with seeds and grain.
rattles out of empty gourds and sunflower seeds or seeds collected from
nature walks. Use the rattles to make music or scare away bad dreams.
at your family habits and figure out what you can do to improve your
conservation habits. Can you use less water or recycle more of your
a Vine God (stick-type male figure with a hollow body) filled with
foil-wrapped cornbread and sacrifice him on the campfire (or barbecue!).
Give thanks to the god for his sacrifice and enjoy the cornbread!
Osterman is the Family Services Coordinator for the Aquarian Tabernacle
Church. For more information on pagan oriented activities and events for
children and families, please contact her at ATCchild@A... or ATC at (360)
793-1945 between 9 a. m. and 9 p. m.