Mabon the Autumn Equinox

Autumn Equinox is the second harvest. The Celts and Britons did not observe this Sabbat until the Norse invasions. With the significance of three to the islands, the people accepted it and added the Sabbat to their practices. It is commonly known today as Mabon (may-boon) for the Welsh God of Fertility. It is known as the “witches thanksgiving” and is likely more the precept of Thanksgiving, observed in the U.S. and Canada. It is the old Anglo-Celtic break from the harvest time to celebrate the yield and give thanks for the harvest and other blessings. Mabon is a time when night and day are equal, the God and Goddess are equal and all things in balance for a brief moment. The Norse often spent the day and night before fasting and praying and performing divination and vision quests.

This is the end of the second harvest and most of the crops are gathered. The first wines are made - from grapes, blackberries, elder berries, etc; nuts apples, autumn crops, berries etc are all brought in. Harvest festivals were observed from the Mediterranean to the Northern and Celtic lands. Oktoberfest is a remnant of the wine festivals. Some regions poured wine to the ground in honor of the Goddess as she progressed to the Crone stage.

Custom and Traditions

Unadorned wreaths created from grape or berry vines is a custom throughout Europe that signified the season. Its emptiness shows the finished harvest. Visitations to the burial grounds of the dead at this time were done to honor the dead and bring food and gifts for their visit to this realm at Samhain. Celebrations at cemeteries and for the dead are customs practiced in cultures around the world and have survived in many Christian practices.

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