Autumn Equinnox - Mabon
Autumn Equinox, one of the Lesser Wiccan Sabbats is celebrated on or around September 20th to 23rd in the Northern Hemisphere and from on or around March 19 to 20th for the Southern Hemisphere. Autumn Equinox is also known as Mabon, Fall Equinox, Wine Harvest and Second Harvest. This is a time of balance and harmony, when our days and nights are equally divided as the days grow shorter and the Wheel of Year turns towards Samhain and Yule.
Traditionally, Second Harvest was celebrated when fruits were picked for jams, jellies, juices, ciders and wines. Our days grow shorter, veggies, fruits and herbs are at the peak for harvesting and preserving. Celebrate the prosperity of harvests whether from your garden or local farmers/gardeners as well as the harvest of spells you have been working. At this time of balance, include in your spells and rituals balance and harmony for your home and work. Decorate your sacred space, altar and home with grapes, vines, squash, leaves, wheat, barley, pine cones, corn, horns of plenty, and acorns.
As stated in "First Harvest" Lore: August Eve Lore » many of us no longer rely on a garden/field harvest to sustain us through the Winter months, however we continue to celebrate and honor the traditions as our ancestors did. Even though you may not have harvest from a garden, there are other “harvests” to “reap what you have sown” such as health, business, relationships and all that is new in your life from love to prosperity.
This is a time to relax - step back and take a deep breath - be thankful and happy for all you have succeeded in. Our days will begin to grow shorter and it will be a time to work on spells toward Third Harvest - the Witches New Year - begin your work for confidence, security, ancestors, divination and power.
Decorations of the Season: Leaves, Pine Cones
Acorns » Meadow Flowers and Grasses that are beginning to dry in the fields, Sun Gods, Fire God Plaque »
Fire God Plaque in white » Sun Goddesses,
Wheel of the Year in Wood Finish »
Wheel of the Year in Stone Finish »
Wheel of the Year by Maxine Miller »
Wheel of the Year by Mickie Mueller », Fruits, Wines,
Wheel of the Year in Wood Finish »,
Grapevine Wreath », and Gourds.
God, Goddesses & Animals of the Season:
Thor: Thor's Hammer »
Thor: Thor's Hammer in Bronze »
Gaia: Bronze Statue »
Gaia: Wall Plaque »
Morrigan: Bronze Statue »
Morrigan: Red/Black Statue »
Bacchus: Wall Plaque »
Bacchus: White Wall Plaque »,
Persephone/Kore: Snake Wand »
Wolf », Fish and
Food & Drink for Your Autumn Celebrations: Corn, Squash, Pumpkin, Apples, Wheat, Barley, Oats, Onions, Bread, Tomatoes, Pickles, Cornbread, Beans, Herbal Teas, Fruit Wine, Ale, Juice and any foods you have harvested, bought locally or preserved.
Autumn Colors for Stones, Cloths, Candles, etc: The colors of the leaves: Gold, Yellow, Red, Orange, and Brown.
Mabon Candle & Stone Set shown in photo below is found here »
All candles as well as candle holders are found in this section »
Stones for Mabon:
Lapis Lazuli »
as well as stones gathered when walking near water:
Hag Shells »
Hag Stones »
Witches Coral »
Plants for Mabon: Vines, Such as Ivy and Grapevine »
Witch Hazel »,
Hops » Hops, Mums, Ferns,
Spearmint » ,
Mugwort » and
Create an Oil Blend, Potpourri or Incense with
Herbs » and/or
Essential Oils »
A Mabon Ritual Oil or Incense Blend can be made with the following herbs and/or oils:
How to Celebrate: Food and Drinks with Friends/Relatives; Bonfire; Dancing; Gather in Orchard to pick the last of the remaining fruit, give Thanks and create cider or jams; Create a cornucopia with local foods; Bake Bread; Have a Circle Dance or Drumming Circle.
Many Blessings to you during Mabon from each of us at 13 Moons.