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It’s that time of year! Let’s learn how to celebrate Mabon!
We celebrate Wiccan sabbats, or holidays, on eight occasions throughout the year. Mabon is a sabbat falling within the month of September. It occurs when day and night are equal and the harvest is mid-way.
You can celebrate Mabon in many ways! Celebrate the harvest by adorning your altar with apples, gourds, acorns, pine cones, and ears of corn. Feast with friends and family. Perform a ritual to say goodbye to the sun. And perform spellwork that encourages harmony, balance, and introspection.
In this article we will explain more in depth about the Wiccan sabbats, in particular the sabbat of Mabon. We’ll discuss what it is and how to celebrate Mabon!
Wheel of the Year
Each sabbat represents a spoke in the Wheel of the Year which is the Wiccan yearly cycle. Both the Wheel of the Year and its sabbats are rooted in storied pagan traditions.
Each sabbat falls on a seasonal marker based on the positions of the moon and sun.
To talk about the passing of time, Wiccans refer to the turning of the Wheel. The occurrence of sabbats, and the turning of the wheel, are used to stay in tune with the Earth’s natural rhythms.
They allow us to reflect on the cycle of life, and express gratitude to the God and Goddess.
The eight sabbats are Samhain, Yule, Imbolc, Ostara, Beltane, Litha, Lammas, and Mabon.
You can easily participate in these storied holidays and become at one with the Earth.
Sabbats can certainly be celebrated alone, especially if you are a solitary practitioner. There are many rituals which can be done by yourself, introspection you can perform, and ways you can adorn your altar at home.
Sabbats can also be celebrated as a group. This can your coven or with fellow witches. However it can also be celebrated with friends and family who are not Wiccan.
For example, if you’d like to celebrate the harvest by feasting and showing gratitude, what better way to do that then to assemble some close friends and family!
Even non-Wiccans like to feast regardless of the reason! So for those solitaries whose family doesn’t know that they’re Wiccan, this is a great way to avoid celebrating alone.
How to Celebrate Mabon
Mabon is the second equinox sabbat where both day and night are equal– another day of balance. It occurs around September 21. It’s also the second harvest festival.
It’s a sad goodbye to the beauty and abundance of summer, and a welcome to the colder and shorter (yet beautiful) days of autumn.
The God’s power is waning, to be stored within the seeds that will spring to life in the warmer months. The Goddess is also further along in her pregnancy.
There are many beautiful and meaningful ways to celebrate Mabon!
To honor your ancestors, you might like to decorate their graves.
Say Goodbye to The Sun
Perform a ritual to say goodbye to the sun and welcome the coming dark months.
Create a Cornucopia
Create a cornucopia with all variety of fall harvest fruits and vegetables like wheat, corn, gourds, and more.
Feast with friends, family, fellow witches, and other covens.
Perform spellwork that creates harmony and balance within your life.
Give gratitude for the harvest’s yield. Give thanks for the abundance of summer, hard work during the summer months, and lessons learned throughout the year.
Look inward and work on personal transformation. Reflect on the rule of three and its role in your life. Much like planting and harvest, we reap what we sow.
Decorate Your Altar
Adorn your altar with apples, gourds, acorns, pine cones, and ears of corn.
- Golden Yellow
- The Morrigan
- The Green Man
- Dionysus & Bacchus
- Balance and grounding
- Nature and agriculture
- Goal setting
I hope this has given you a good background on Wiccan sabbats, the sabbat of Mabon, what it means, and how to celebrate it! Click below to get more helpful information about other Wiccan sabbats.
And for a wider overview of Wiccan sabbats, visit our comprehensive guide to the Wheel of the Year.