Turn of the Wheel: Mabon

If you live in an area where the seasons change, you can really feel it now. The air is cooler (especially at night), the leaves are beginning to turn and are probably falling, and the birds are flocking up. Even the insects are readying themselves for the winter. This is usually the time of year when we get bombarded with ladybugs.

Mabon, or the Autumn Equinox, is widely known as one of two points during the year where the day and night are even, but it’s know to some of us as the second of the three Wiccan harvest celebrations. This is a happy and sad time of the year for me. Happy, because the fruit of my summer long labour of gardening and tending to my veggies finally pays off (except this year. See Thursday’s post for more details), and sad because I know soon it will be darker longer and the cold and snow are just around the corner. For many Wiccan’s, this is the time of the year when the Horned God slowly begins his exit to Summerland. Personally, I like to think that the Goddess and the God are taking a stroll through some woodland path, enjoying the season just like us. I imagine them sipping on hot apple cider and eating pumpkin pie.

I’m going to write up a ritual for Mabon. Something that better reflects my belief. Everything I’ve looked up online and in books has laments saying farewell to the God.

Here are some interesting links I found on Mabon rituals, celebrations and meanings.

Rituals:

http://paganwiccan.about.com/od/mabonrituals/Mabon_Rituals_Rituals_and_Ceremonies_for_Mabon.htm

http://thewiccalife.blogspot.ca/2011/05/solitary-mabon-ritual.html

http://www.angelfire.com/wa3/angelline/mabon_solitary_ritual_2.htm

http://www.angelfire.com/wa3/angelline/mabon_solitary_ritual_3.htm

Information:

http://www.twopagans.com/holiday/Mabon.html

http://www.thewhitegoddess.co.uk/the_wheel_of_the_year/mabon_-_autumn_equinox.asp

http://wicca.com/celtic/akasha/mabon.htm

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About Darke Conteur
Darke Conteur is a writer at the mercy of her Muse. The author of stories in several genres, she prefers to create within the realms Science Fiction and Dark Fantasy. A pagan at heart, her personal goal it to find her balance within nature; exploring the dark through her stories and the light through her beliefs. When not writing or working with crystals, she enjoys knitting, gardening, cooking and very loud music.

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