Easy Ways to Celebrate Mabon

The magickal Pagan harvest festival, Mabon, will fall on September 22nd this year. Mabon symbolizes the Autumn Equinox, where hours of day and night are equal. Following today, the evening will become longer as we move forward in the direction of winter.

Similar to most Sabbats that will be celebrated later in the year, Mabon is in connection with reflection and releasing that which does not help us any longer. It is an opportunity to cast off the old and get ready for your new beginnings.

The colors of Mabon are just as rich and warming as the colors of autumn such as deep red, energetic orange, radiant gold, and rich brown. Make sure to incorporate all the fall abundances in addition to late summer fruits and vegetables such as pumpkins, squashes, corn, nuts and berries. It marks the start of fall. With the way we have all become so busy today, here are a few ideas to honor Mabon.

Decorate your home for this fall. Most enjoy creating altars with yellow and/or orange candle and autumn leaves. I live in the South, so there goes leaves changing and I’m not much of an altar person. I do though work at a craft store and the decorations are numerous. After tweaking it for this year, I hung my harvest wreath on our door on Mabon.

You can take a walk through nature and gather any attractive, natural resources you come across, whether they are pine cones, Colored leaves, rocks, acorns, etc. Be sure you bring a bag to collect your treasures! The best part is that you can leave it up as a fall decoration. 

With it being the equinox, Mabon is a time to find the balance in your life. This makes it a good day to contemplate balance. Despite the fact, we tend to think instantly of our time restrictions as a place to find balance. When was the last time you balanced your spiritual and mystical centers? Do you know where you are out of balance in your life? Perhaps you are working too hard. Are there things that need help in a relationship? It’s time to find your balance.

Mabon designates the final gathering. What you’ve sown has now come to maturity. This makes it a great time to meditate on everything you have received and are grateful for.  take a notebook and write it down. Remember the feelings that they gave you.

Meditate on what you want to release. The nights are becoming longer and this makes Mabon a good time to contemplate what you need to let go of what no longer serves you. Even if you are not ready to let it go yet, just identify it. Sit down with your notebook, journal or even a piece of paper, become centered and silent, and write down the issues you’d like to let go.


Summer Solstice 2017

Today is the Summer Solstice, which is the longest day of sunlight of the year. Although it is occurring with festivals and rituals celebrated across the country, it is revered most prominently at the ancient prehistoric site, Stonehenge, in the United Kingdom. More often than not, Thousands of people travel to the ancient monument to observe the sunrise over the famous Heel Stone, which stands just outside the circle to the northeast.

The Summer Solstice is commonly thought to mark the first day of Summer. Connected traditionally with the Pagan’s Midsummer, it is viewed now to be the beginning of Summer by astrologists.

Determined by your individual spiritual path, there are many different activities you can do to celebrate Summer Solstice, but the focus is just about always on celebrating the influence of the sun.

Adjusted for either a solitary practitioner or a small group, there are few rituals you may want to think about trying with just a little planning.

The first is the Midsummer Night’s Fire Ritual that is of course there is singing and dancing around a big bonfire. Next, you can hold a Backyard BBQ Ritual by inviting family and friends over for a fun ritual and cookout.

You can create crowns out of flowers. The gathering flowers to weave into wreaths and crowns were a way to channel nature’s magic to guarantee good health during the course of the year. Did you know for unmarried girls, it’s believed that if you pick and place seven or nine types of flowers under your pillow, you will soon dream of your future husband?

In front of a mirror, light a white candle and say a Lithia prayer over it. Afterwards allow the candle to burn out.

Another is floating paper boats with blessings on a river or stream to bring about love or luck to whoever may find it.

Pagans believe the Summer Solstice is a time when the veil linking this world and the next is at its thinnest, making spirits there most powerful. Remember, as we celebrate the Summer Solstice, it is the Winter Solstice in the Southern Hemisphere.