Mabon is a time of year that is often overlooked, but it is packed with symbolism and meaning. Mabon marks the end of summer and the beginning of fall, and it is a time for harvest and reflection. If you are looking to celebrate Mabon in your own way, this guide will give you all the information you need! We'll discuss what Mabon is, how to celebrate it, and some of the symbolism associated with this autumnal sabbat.
Mabon is a sabbat that occurs on the autumnal equinox, which falls on September 22nd or 23rd in the Northern Hemisphere. This sabbat celebrates the end of summer and the beginning of fall, and it is a time for harvest and reflection. Mabon is also known as the Witch's Thanksgiving, as it is a time to give thanks for all that we have been blessed with over the past year.
How to celebrate Mabon?
There are so many lovely ways to celebrate Mabon. One way is to decorate your home with autumnal colors like red, orange, and yellow. You can also create an altar dedicated to Mabon, which can be decorated with seasonal fruits and vegetables, leaves, and pumpkins.
Some Mabon activities include:
- Going on a nature hike and collecting leaves, berries, and other natural items to decorate your home
- Dressing up for the occasion wearing symbolism for the equinox, like our bestselling Pentacle jewelry
- Making a Mabon feast featuring seasonal fruits and vegetables to share with loved ones
- Decorating a Mabon tree with autumnal symbols
- Lighting candles and saying Mabon prayers or spells
- Performing a Mabon tarot reading or another form of divination
The Raven is a popular symbol for Mabon.
Symbolism for this lovely time of year often includes items associated with the harvest, such as fruits and vegetables, leaves, and pumpkins. Other common symbols include acorns, cornucopias, scarecrows, and ravens. What these symbols all have in common is that they represent abundance, gratitude, and thanksgiving. We reap from what we have sowed this year and give thanks for all the good that has come our way.
Have you ever cut open an apple and noticed the five pointed star inside? This is a lovely nod to the pentagram, which is a symbol of protection. The apple is a sacred fruit in many pagan traditions, and it is often used in spells and rituals for its magical properties.
Pumpkins are another popular Mabon symbol, as they are often used in harvest celebrations. Pumpkins represent fertility, abundance, and prosperity. They can also be used in magic and spellwork for these same purposes.
Cornucopias are symbols of abundance and plenty, and they are often seen at Thanksgiving celebrations. This horn-shaped container is usually filled with seasonal fruits and vegetables, making it the perfect decoration for your Mabon feast!
Mabon is a wonderful time of year to celebrate the bounty of the harvest with others and to give thanks for all that we have been blessed with, as many of us have had a great year. For those who haven't, here is an autumnal spell to bring in some balance for you, and to support you for the months ahead.
Mabon Spell for Balance
Balance is a key theme for the autumn equinox, as well as the in-between position of this fall sabbat. We can find that on occasion we have given much more of ourselves, and we need to call back some of this energy to keep our energy flowing for the darker months to come. You will need:
- Two small bowls, one for mixing one for decoration
- A few drops of lavender oil mixed with a 30ml carrier base oil
- Pieces of oak leaves, acorn caps and dried squash leaves, vines or beans
- A few pieces of dried sage or dried rosemary
- An orange candle
Start by mixing the flora and lavender oil in one of the bowls. Speak your intention, "I call back my power" to your sage and rosemary. Add the final two herbs as a layer of protection, and mix again.
As you do, visualize your energy being returned, balanced and restored. Fill the decorative bowl with salt, and place the tealight in the center. Speak aloud "My power is now returned to me" as you pour in a circle around the candle the mixture with the oil, leaves and greenery. Once you have finished, place the bowl on your Mabon altar or anywhere else in your home where you would like to keep it. Light it on Mabon, and enjoy bringing the calm to yourself.
Mabon blessing & prayer
Connecting with the Blessings Symbol is also another lovely way to acknowledge and intend gratitude and abundance during Mabon!
"As the season starts to change
and the days grow shorter and cooler,
we give thanks for all that we have been blessed with.
We reflect on the past year and set our intentions for the year to come.
May this Mabon be a time of peace, love, and abundance for all."
What are some of your favorite ways to celebrate Mabon? Let us know in the comments below!
Will you decorate your home for the seasonal change? What are some of your sabbat traditions? Share them with us on socials too! Until next time xoxWritten by Lizzie Burgess from Backyardbanshee.com where you can find many free tarot spreads and spells to enjoy.