Mabon

(circa September 21)

 

Decorate 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.

 

Arrange the altar, light the candles and censer, and cast the Circle of Stones.

Recite the Blessing Chant.

Invoke the Goddess and God.

 

Stand 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:

 

Leaves fall,

the days grow cold.

The Goddess pulls her mantle of Earth around Her

as You, 0 Great Sun God, sail toward the West

to the lands of eternal enchantment,

wrapped in the coolness of night.

Fruits ripen,

seeds drop,

the hours of day and night are balanced.

Chill winds blow in from the North wailing laments.

In this seeming extinction of nature's power, 0 Blessed

Goddess, I know that life continues.

For spring is impossible without the second harvest,

as surely as life is impossible without death.

Blessings upon you, 0 Fallen God, as you journey into

the lands of winter and into the Goddess' loving arms.

 

Place the basket down and say:

 

0 Gracious Goddess of all fertility, I have sown and

reaped the fruits of my actions, good and bane.

Grant me the courage to plant seeds of joy and love in

the coming year, banishing misery and hate. Teach me the secrets

of wise existence upon this planet,

0 luminous one of the night!

 

Works of magic, if necessary, may follow.

Celebrate the Simple Feast,

The circle is released.

 

Mabon Lore

A 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.

 

The 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