Mabon (aka Autumn Equinox) is the Pagan Thanksgiving. A time to reflect, celebrate and appreciate the abundance of the past season. It is about celebrating all harvesting both in our gardens and in our lives. Our public ritual was this past Saturday however Mabon is on Monday the 22nd. It is very easy to pay homage to the god and goddess without a large public ritual. Here is one example of a quick ritual:
Pour water or wine at the base of all the trees on your property. While pouring say this quick prayer:
Oh Mother Earth, we praise thee.
That seed springeth,
That flower openth,
That grass waveth…
We praise thee for winds that whisper.
Through the shining grass,
Through lively pin,
Through the mighty oak…
We praise thee for all things
Oh Earth Mother, you who givest life.
Another favorite chant is Hoof & Horn:
Hoof and Horn, Hoof and Horn,
All that dies shall be reborn.
Corn and Grain, Corn and Grain,
All that falls shall rise again.
Traditionally there is a feast, you can do this at the family table. Or honor the tradition with “cakes & ale”. At the public ritual we used plum bread and apple juice. Cranberry bread and homemade honeymead is another wonderful option. As you take a bite of the cake hold it up before you and say “May I never hunger” then take a bit. Before taking a sip of juice/ale/wine hold the goblet up before you and say “May I never thirst”, then take the sip.
Enjoy the Autumn Equinox and Blessed Be to you all!