The next Pagan Sabbat, Mabon, falls on September 22nd this year. This is one of the lesser Pagan Sabbats. On this day, the hours of day and night are the same. Mabon is also the second of three harvest festivals. On this day, Bangor area Pagans give thanks for a plentiful harvest, and give appreciation for their homes and families. This is a time of balance, wisdom, equality, and finishing old business. Many Pagans will be making decorations, incense, and other crafts for this Sabbat. The following are some crafts that can be made for Mabon.
There are a variety of ways that incense can be crafted. Loose incense is the easiest form of incense to make. Choose the herbs that are needed for the incense. It can be one herb or a mixture of herbs. This type of incense can be burned in a charcoal burner or it can be thrown directly into a fire. Sticks and cones can also be made. These types are harder to craft and take more time. Herbs, spices, and flowers that are associated with Mabon include; frankincense, juniper, pine, sandalwood, cypress, oak leaf, apple, cinnamon, sage, marigold, honeysuckle, rosemary, chamomile, passionflower, and rose.
Painting is an easy way to decorate gourds. If the gourds that are being used have stems, fall ribbons can be tied around them for decoration. Pagan or fall symbols can be traced onto gourds, small holes can be drilled into the gourds following the pattern lines, and then cloves can be placed into the holes along the pattern.
Grab a basket and go for a walk. Gather fallen leaves, pine cones, and acorns. Use a hot glue gun to attach a couple of layers of leaves around a Styrofoam wreath. Add acorns and pine cones over the leaves. Place a fall themed bow on the bottom of the wreath. Hang the finished product on the front door or use it as a centerpiece on the Mabon altar.