Although historically, Mabon was not celebrated on the specific day of the Autumn Equinox, in contemporary times, the two are interchangeable.

Day and night hesitate, balanced before the continued rolling into darkness that will end at Yule. In darkening days, taking time to remember the brightness in the colors of fall and gratitude for the harvest can ease the transition. While not yet fully in the contemplation of death that comes in Samhain, Mabon is a time to recognize the exchange present in nature. Leaves are turning bright oranges, golds, and yellows, the colors of the three lower chakras that ground us to the earth: Root, Sacral, and Solar Plexus. Autumn is a time to honor mortality, to refocus our bodies, and to celebrate the benefits we have reaped in our lives.

  • Colors: reds, oranges, gold, yellow, brown (think Thanksgiving)
  • Decorate with appropriately-colored candles, fabrics; Use natural items like gourds, branches, leaves, corn, and apples.
  • Chrysanthemums. You should be able to by enormous pots of them at this time of year. I get one every fall (yes, they keep dying. I struggle with growing things, gardening skills is one of my improvement projects).
  • Ritual Themes: Gratitude and balance.
  • Crafts:

How to Build a Cider Press  I remember going to a local farm as a Girl Scout (google Spiral Scouts instead!) around Halloween, and you could take a turn cranking the cider press. You could just use a juicer, but what better Mabon coven project than building your own press? Or, if that’s too much for you, just make it in your kitchen.

  • Events: Get a group together to go apple picking. I suggest looking for orchards that don’t have gimmicks and hay mazes (unless that’s your thing). It is much more peaceful to go to a place that is completely focused on the trees. Store-bought apples cannot compare to one fresh from the branch.
  • Cooking seasonal foods grounds you in the shifts of the year. Mabon means apples and corn, breads and roasted sweet potatoes.

Here are some other ideas:

Vegetarian Fall Soup Recipes

Vegan Pumpkin Muffins

Slightly Silly Autumn Cupcake Ideas

Autumn Cocktails  (including cranberry martinis…)

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