Mabon (Sept21-22) brings on the final approach to winter, which in Celtic calendar is a week and ten days away. Time for the second harvest consisting of foods that endure winter storage: nuts, acorns, root vegetables and other hardy foods. Time for the picking of the grapes and turning them to wine. Time to press the apples into cider. Time to finish those knitted and crocheted items of clothing started after the spring shearing of the sheep
Winter is coming. It is time to prepare.
It is also time to be thankful for the bounty of your life, even if that bounty is meager at the moment, even if the only bounty of your life is that you still have life. It is time to be thankful for our heartbeat and the breath within our lungs. Thank whichever deities you worship for whatever you have.
Some people consider Mabon to be the Wiccan thanksgiving day. It is thought by many to be the original thanksgiving day that the Pilgrims emulated when they had the First Thanksgiving. The holiday is also known as Harvest Home, a day for dancing and feasting.
Since it is both a time of feasting and a time of gratitude, it is also a time for sharing. Give to others as you can this season as the cold begins to set in. Do not give them your leftovers. That is a poor offering. Give them food, money or you time to food banks, homeless shelters, and even more important, the homeless without shelter.
Feed the wildlife also, for their domain is being diminished by mankind and there sources of food grow smaller every year. Consult your local wildlife station for information on what the animals in your area eat this time of year.
Another very good thing to do at this time is to harvest green vines that have been cut back for their own good. Ivy or grape vines make good choices, or any vine that is supple. Entwine these vines to make garlands and wreaths and allow them to dry. You will be able to keep them throughout the year and perhaps longer. Add and remove the appropriate decorations as the seasons change.
Wreaths are a powerful symbol in Wicca. They represent the Wheel of the Year. This is the ever-turning cycle of life and death, the center of pagan faith. It is good to have at least one in your home to place on your door. It is particularly good to cast a spell of protection over your wreath to aid in protecting your home.
Mabon is also the autumnal equinox. As with the spring equinox, it is a time of balancing opposites and equality. Symbols of equal opposites such as the yin-yang design are appropriate for rituals and ceremonies.
From this night to the vernal equinox in spring the night will be longer than the day. Prepare your home with warmth and light. The dark of winter is coming, but the Wheel of the Year still turns. In time the light and warmth will return.
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