Friday, September 4, 2015

Simple Mabon Celebration

I can't believe it's September already! Fall is upon us and the wheel of the year is once again about to turn!

Mabon (September 23)

Mabon, also known as the autumn equinox, falls on September 23rd this year. On the autumn equinox, day and night are equal in length. After this day, the sun begins to wane and the earth readies itself for the coming of winter, just as the God prepares for his impending death and rebirth at Samhain and Yule.

Mabon is the second harvest festival and the official start of fall. Sometimes known as the Witches’ Thanksgiving, it is a time to give thanks to the God and Goddess for all we have been blessed with.

Simple Mabon Thanksgiving Ritual

To celebrate Mabon this year, the following is a simple thanksgiving ritual you can perform this September:

Ingredients:
Offering plate or bowl
Some kind of food to be offered in thanks, such as apples, grapes, corn, grain, acorns, pine nuts, or even bird seed.

Find a comfortable place outside where you won’t be disturbed. Sit cross-legged on the earth and find your center. Breathing deeply, open your senses to the energies around you. Feel the sun warming your skin, the breeze ruffling through your hair, the earth, calm and steady, cradling your body.

Concentrate on your root chakra at the base of your spine, the part of your body touching the earth beneath you. Visualize roots sprouting from here, burrowing into the soil, sinking deep into the earth below.

When you inhale, imagine those roots drawing energy up into your root chakra from deep within the earth. Allow this energy to travel up along your spine, feeling it's warmth tingle along your nerves. When you exhale, circle this energy throughout your whole body, filling your chest, your abdomen, your mind.

Continue inhaling the autumn’s energies, feel it swirling within you, filling you with the season’s strength and spirit.

When you’ve absorbed all the energy you can, open your eyes and lift the offering you’ve prepared. Say the following while sending the energy from your hands into the offering:

After today, the night grows darker,
And the Earth prepares for her winter slumber.
The long days of summer come to an end
As autumn sweeps in, stripping leaves from trees,
And Earth’s bounty is harvested from Her fields.

I give thanks to the Lord of the Sun,
For His days of summer warmth and fun.
I give thanks to the Lady of the Field,
For Her life-giving and bountiful yield.

I thank you, Lord and Lady, for all that I have.
For all that I am.
For all that I will become.
Blessed be.

Take your offering and place it outside somewhere—at the base of a tree, the middle of a field, at a special place in your garden—anywhere wild animals will find it and be able to feast upon your gift.

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Feel free to comment on this simple ritual and I hope everyone has a fantastic Mabon!