Mabon, or the Autumn Equinox or Fall Equinox, is a wonderful time of thanksgiving, abundance, and transition as the summer fades, and we continue to reap the fruits of our hard work. For many of us, these “fruits” are not foods and goods which we traditionally consider. Additionally, in Anaheim, and throughout Southern California it can be difficult to distinguish this time of year as “fall,” when the weather remains hot and the landscape appears unchanged. But even in what feels like a heat wave, we can use many methods to identify and celebrate the Autumn Equinox.
Incorporate harvest colors and elements into your ritual.
Involving multiple senses enhances your experience of the ritual and the fall season. Lighting candles, burning incense, and including harvest colors of green, gold, orange, red, and brown can help to focus the mind on the season. Color elements can be organic, or you may elect to change to a harvest colored altar cloth, or to utilize yellow, orange, or red candles or stones. Adding music to your ritual can further enhance your sense involvement.
Get outdoors at dusk.
Going for a walk, whether brisk or slow, is not only a heart healthy activity, but it can nourish the soul as you see the sun set, smell the gathering dusk, and feel the gentle breeze or brisk cool of the evening. Gathering fallen leaves or sticks, and walking in the dusk as the breeze brushes over your skin are all ways the Goddess gives you to incorporate more of your senses in your Mabon experience. In Southern California, the weather may remain warm or even hot well into October. But gradually in the evening, residents can begin to enjoy cooler, even brisk breezes, and if you look carefully, you will still see some leaves turning and falling as we enter the fall season. Anaheim and the surrounding cities have numerous parks and walking areas which are ideal for evening strolls.
Get into the kitchen.
Our senses of smell and taste are so important! They serve as direct links to memories and emotions, as well as feeding our bodies. Creating a harvest drink like mead or apple cider utilizes seasonal bounty and delights the palate. Casseroles, cakes, or even full, elaborate meals are opportunities to include magick. You can use or adapt existing spells, or write your own as you celebrate the harvest in a very practical way. Consider bringing your kitchen witchery to the altar by creating your own “cakes and ale” with a Mabon theme.
Gather with friends and family.
Any opportunity to spend time with family should never be missed, but harvest time is particularly special. Families can gather together and share their harvest. Celebrations with family or friends involve all our senses, as well as multiple emotions, which enrich our experience. Love is our greatest connection with godhood, because it is our strongest link to each other and our world. Our friends and family do not need to believe in Mabon, witchcraft, or any particular Pagan structure to enjoy what Mabon celebrates.
What greater way to show love and connect with others than to give of yourself? Share your harvest, whether it be food, love, money, time, or something else that you have an abundance of and you create good feelings, karma, or whatever you like to call it as you benefit another person’s life experience. Anaheim has tons of opportunities to reach out to others this season. As we as Pagans approach the death of the year, and all of us approach winter, we stock up as growth slows even in Southern California. By giving, we help others to have enough.
Making things employs our tactile senses. There is a great abundance of craft ideas online, or you may think of your own which ties into Mabon and the harvest. Corn husk dollies are a tradition for many. Creating door wreaths, knitting or crocheting something functional and beautiful, or even decorating and dressing a candle dedicated to the harvest are ways we can craft with Mabon in mind.
By doing a little of each of these tips, a Pagan can truly live and experience Mabon to the fullest extent, employing every sense and emotion, as the Wheel turns towards Samhain and the close of the year here in Anaheim.