Mabon is also known as Autumn Equinox. This Sabbat falls on or around September 21st each year. Mabon is known is the second of the harvest festivals. This Sabbat also marks the first day of autumn. There are many activities, deities, colors, symbolisms and other things that are associated with this Sabbat.
There are many activities for Pagans to enjoy during this time of the year. Taking a trip to an apple orchard is one of those activities. Picking apples is fun and there would be plenty of fresh apples to make eat, cook with, or use as decoration. Bread, pie, tarts, jam, and butter can all be made from apples. Apples placed in baskets or cored and used as candle holders make great decorations for the Mabon Sabbat.
A trip to the local farmer’s market is another activity. It is a good place to buy gourds, pumpkins, corn and other food items associated with Mabon. These items can be used to make a Horn of Plenty. Flowers, acorns, and pinecones can also be placed in the Horn of Plenty.
Because Mabon is the second harvest celebration, harvesting from the personal garden is another good activity for this day. After the harvesting is done, scatter offerings of thanks throughout the garden. Give some of your harvest to a neighbor or a friend.
Apple candle holders and Horns of Plenty aren’t the only crafts that can be made to celebrate this Sabbat. A scarecrow made from old clothing and fallen leaves is a traditional activity. Pumpkin candle holders are another Mabon craft idea. Other craft projects include; a Mabon wreath, a centerpiece for the table or altar, and Mabon incense.
Mabon animals and mythical creatures
Birds of prey, especially eagles and owls are associated with Mabon. Blackbirds, dogs, goats, wolves, and stags are also connected with this Sabbat. Mythical beings that are associated with the Autumn Equinox include; Cyclops, Gnomes, Minotaur, and the Sphinx.
The colors of Mabon
Any color associated with the fall season can be used as Mabon colors. Colors include; all shades of brown, deep gold, maroon, orange, green, red, violet, and yellow.
Mabon crystals and stones
There are numerous crystals and stones that are associated with the Mabon Sabbat. Aventurine, amber, amethyst, carnelian, clear quartz, citrine, diamond, gold, lapis lazuli, peridot, sapphire, yellow agate, and yellow topaz are Mabon stones. Stones that have been submerged in the water of a stream or river for the summer can also be used for Autumn Equinox.
The deities of Mabon
There are many Gods and Goddesses that are associated with Mabon. Any Goddess associated with the Mother aspect of the Triple Goddess can be honored on this day. Goddesses include; Bona Dea, Ceres, Demeter, Epona, Modron, Morgan, and Pamona. Gods include Bacchus, Dionysus, Hermes, Thoth, and Thor.
Mabon decorations and symbols
Decorating for the Sabbats is becoming more popular. Any of the symbols of Mabon can be used as decorations. Acorns, autumn flowers and leaves, apples, corn, cypress cones, dried seeds, gourds, grains, grapes, horn of plenty, oak sprigs, pine cones, pumpkins, and wine are all symbols of Mabon. Other decorations include wreaths and corn dollies.
Foods for Mabon
Foods made from freshly harvested grains, fruits, and vegetables are traditional. Beef, pork, turkey, and venison are also common foods. Beef stew, pork roast, roasted turkey, and venison stew are popular main dishes served on Mabon. Homemade breads, apple pie, and apple butter may also be served. Ale, cider, and wine are good beverages to have on this day.
Mabon herbs, flowers, and trees
The Mabon Sabbat has a lot of herbs, flowers, and trees associated with it. Acorn, benzoin, bittersweet, cedar, chamomile, cinnamon, clove, dried apples, dried leaves, fern, frankincense, hazel, honeysuckle, hops, ivy, marigold, oak, passionflower, pine, rose, rosemary, rue, sage, thistle, and yarrow are all associated with Mabon.
Incense and oils
Incense and essential oils can be used during rituals and for other purposes. Apple blossom, benzoin, cinnamon, clove, jasmine, myrrh, oak, frankincense, patchouli, pine, sage, and sweet grass are popular varieties.
Mabon spell work
Spells that involve balance, harmony, prosperity, protection, and security are popular on this night.
Symbolism of Mabon
The symbolism of Mabon includes the second harvest, equality and balance, horning the changing seasons, and giving thanks for a bountiful harvest and other good that has come to you throughout the past year.