the altar with acorns, oak sprigs, pine and cypress cones, ears of com, wheat
stalks and other fruits and nuts. Also place there a small rustic basket filled
with dried leaves of various colors and kinds.
the altar, light the candles and censer, and cast the Circle of Stones.
the Blessing Chant.
the Goddess and God.
before the altar, holding aloft the basket of leaves, and slowly scatter them so
that they cascade to the ground within the cir- cle. Say such words as these:
days grow cold.
Goddess pulls her mantle of Earth around Her
You, 0 Great Sun God, sail toward the West
the lands of eternal enchantment,
in the coolness of night.
hours of day and night are balanced.
winds blow in from the North wailing laments.
this seeming extinction of nature's power, 0 Blessed
I know that life continues.
spring is impossible without the second harvest,
surely as life is impossible without death.
upon you, 0 Fallen God, as you journey into
lands of winter and into the Goddess' loving arms.
the basket down and say:
Gracious Goddess of all fertility, I have sown and
the fruits of my actions, good and bane.
me the courage to plant seeds of joy and love in
coming year, banishing misery and hate. Teach me the secrets
wise existence upon this planet,
luminous one of the night!
of magic, if necessary, may follow.
the Simple Feast,
circle is released.
traditional practice is to walk wild places and forests, gathering seed pods and
dried plants. Some of these can be
used to decorate the home; others saved for future herbal magic.
foods of Mabon consist of the second harvestís gleanings, so grains, fruit and
vegetables predominate, especially corn. Corn
bread is traditional fare, as are beans and baked squash.
~From Scott Cunningham's Wicca and
the Solitary Practitioner