Mabon

Mabon, as it is known in Celtic traditions, is also known as the Autumn Equinox in American traditions, Alban Elfed in Caledonii traditions, and Winter Finding in Teutonic traditions.

Winter Finding spans from the Equinox until Winter Night on October 15, which is the Norse New Year. And the Caledonii recognizes this time as the festival for the Lord of Mysteries.

The 2nd of the harvest festivals, this is the second time of the year to specifically commune with nature. The earlier festival in the Summer Solstice looks toward the summer or warm portions of nature. Where the autumn equinox focuses on the cooler aspects. The festival is represented by the harvest of corn, along with the other products in your garden that are ready to be harvested.

Mabon is also known as the Feast of Avalon, and is the celebration of life’s renewal. Mabon is typically celebrated through harvesting grapes from the vine and apples from orchard. The Feast of Avalon refers to honoring the dead, Avalon is a Celtic name for Land of the Dead, and literally means Land of Apples. One endearing ritual act from Celtic tradition is to place an apple on the head stone of a deceased person or relative. A wish for the living to one day be reunited with their loved ones.

For Celts’ is it also the celebration of the Welsh God Mabon {Mah-bawn}. Mabon is the son of Modred who was stolen from his mother and rescued by King Arthur. His name means “the Great Son” and he is considered to be a minor sun God. But he is better known as the power in darkness. He is also recognized as the King of Death or the Underworld.

Mabon is a time when the earth is dying a little each day, and we welcome the harvest. We honor the darker aspects of the goddess/mother earth.

With food on our table, we celebrate the second harvest, and the autumn equinox. We show gratitude and are thankful for the things we have, both material and spiritual, and with the equinox we meditate on harmony and Balance.

 (Pick up the chalice of wine and holds it upward)


“Blessed be this season of Mabon,

 Time of the Second Harvest –

 The harvest of fruit and wine,

 Blessed be the Lady!”

  “Today all things are in balance,

 Both night and day and Goddess and God are equal

 as are life and death –

Blessed be the Lord!”

“But tonight darkness conquers the light,

 taking us into the dark of the year,

 It is a time to reflect upon those who have passed

 and those who are yet to come.”


 In honor of those we wish to remember, I will recite the following poem

 Mabon Lament


 Do not stand at my grave and weep,

I am not there, I do not sleep

I am a thousand winds that blow,

I am the diamond’s glint on snow

 

I am the sunlight on ripened grain,

I am the gentle autumn’s rain

When you wake up in the morning’s hush,

I am the swift, uplifting rush

 

Of quiet birds in circled flight,

I am the soft star that shines at night

*I am the ocean’s calming waters,

Which carries Earth Mother’s sons and daughters

 

Do not stand at my grave and cry,

I am not there, I did not die

*And do not stand at my grave and mourn,

I am not there, I have been reborn


 

*Original author unknown


Mabon Prayers

By Patti Wigington

Prayer for Abundance (                      )

We have so much before us
and for this we are thankful.
We have so many blessings, and for this we are thankful.
There are others not so fortunate,
and by this we are humbled.
We shall make an offering in their name
to the gods who watch over us,
that those in need are someday
as blessed as we are this day.

Mabon Balance Prayer (                      )

Equal hours of light and darkness
we celebrate the balance of Mabon,
and ask the gods to bless us.
For all that is bad, there is good.
For that which is despair, there is hope.
For the moments of pain, there are moments of love.
For all that falls, there is the chance to rise again.
May we find balance in our lives
as we find it in our hearts.

Prayer to Gods of the Vine (Chris)

Hail! Hail! Hail!
The grapes have been gathered!
The wine has been pressed!
The casks have been opened!
Dionysus and Bacchus,
watch over our celebration
and bless us with merrymaking!
Hail! Hail! Hail!

A Prayer to the Dark Mother (Amanda)

Day turns to night,
and life turns to death,
and the Dark Mother teaches us to dance.
Hecate, Demeter, Kali,
Nemesis, Morrighan, Tiamet,
bringers of destruction, you who embody the Crone,
I honor you as the earth goes dark,
and as the world slowly dies.

A Prayer of Thanks Giving (Emi)

The harvest is ending,
the earth is dying.
The cattle have come in from their fields.
We have the earth’s bounty
on the table before us
and for this we give thanks to the gods

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