The next turn of the wheel - 5 ways to celebrate Mabon
Mabon marks the Autumn Equinox - when day and night are equal, making it a time of harmony, balance and equality.
It’s the time to honor the changing of the seasons and celebrate the second harvest, as well as balance the celebration with reflection on the past year.
Here are our top 5 ways to mark the turning of the wheel to Mabon
- Honor the Darkness
You often hear “without light there is no darkness, and without darkness there is no light.”
So what, exactly, does “honor the darkness” mean? Especially when many equate darkness with evil or bad things.
In many practices, darkness refers to the colder winter months (and long nights of darkness) when we take time to reflect on the past and work to heal (or change) as we move forward.
During Mabon, we are moving from growth and harvest to a world that is darkening.
The growing season has ended and it’s at this time we both celebrate the second harvest and make time to reflect and give thanks for the protection, abundance and success we have received.
This is a good time to sit with the darker aspects of our experiences.
- Is there lingering pain or hurt you wish to rid yourself of?
- Are you having difficulty moving beyond situations that have caused you anger?
Take those thoughts, and the energy they create, and transform them into a positive. What did you learn and how can you apply it to your future self?
And remember to count your blessings.
Reflect on times when you weren’t as fortunate and think of ways you can improve going forward.
- Get back to nature.
I know…it sounds trite, but reconnecting with nature is a lovely way to regain a sense of balance, connectedness and grounding.
Especially in the cool, crisp air!
Look for colorful leaves you can bring home and place upon your altar.
Collect acorns and seed pods, too! (Do be aware of things you’re prohibited from collecting).
Or, find yourself a local orchard and pick yourself some fresh apples and pumpkins.
- Celebrate Heart & Home
Now’s a good a time as any to undertake a good fall cleaning.
Declutter and clean your home from top to bottom.
Get rid of things that no longer serve you!
Once clean, using your cleansing tool(s) of choice, energetically cleanse your space and bless each room.
At this point, consider decorating your altar with leaves, acorns and gourds. Or gather symbols or a successful harvest with bales of hay, gourds, pumpkins, and such outside or in, whatever feels right for your observations of Mabon!
- Feast with Friends
You have piles of apples, your home is clean….now’s a good time to celebrate with friends and share the magical abundance of the second harvest.
This is a wonderful opportunity to host a potluck dinner, or make one of these scrumptious recipes.
- Write in a gratitude journal
Quite simply, find a journal that speaks to you and jot down everything that makes you happy or feel grateful for.
Not only will it give you multiples of warm and fuzzy feelings, it allows you to recognize your blessings, be thankful for them, and put out into the universe that you’d like more of the same!
Want to set the mood?
We’ve created a wonderful collection of incense and other tools to help you create a reflective or celebratory Mabon!