Mabon, aka Alban ElfedBy LaVonne (LaVonne) on September 21, 2010
|Many earth based religions, like Wicca, Druids, and others celebrate the autumnal equinox. It is a time of year when we give thanks for the bounty of the earth. It is when the Goddess slowly descends into the underworld, hence the legends of Demeter and Persephone.|
Mabon is a time of balance, when there are equal hours of darkness and light, and that can affect people in different ways. For some, it's a season to honor the darker aspects of the goddess, calling upon that which is devoid of light. For others, it's a time of thankfulness, of gratitude for the abundance we have at the season of harvest. Because this is, for many people, a time of high energy, there is sometimes a feeling of restlessness in the air, a sense that something is just a bit "off". If you're feeling a bit spiritually lopsided, with a simple meditation you can restore a little balance into your life. You can also try a ritual to bring balance and harmony to your home.
Depending on our choice of pantheon we honor one of our God or Goddesses during this time. For most it is Mabon, who is a figure of Welsh mythology, the son of Modron. Both he and his mother were likely deities in origin, descending from a divine mother–son pair. His name is related to the Romano-British god Maponos, whose name means "divine son"; Modron, in turn, is likely related to the Gaulish goddess Dea Matrona.
As a Gwyddoniaid Druid I celebrate this time of year as Hellith’s Day, aka ALBAN ELFED.
HELLITH: A god of the setting sun (fire of air), and of the dying. If called upon, he brings peace to those near death. After death, souls are in his protection until they reach their destination. He is pictured as a gentle young man with pale blonde hair and very fair skin. He wears white robes with a violet hue. He also appears with hair, eyes, skin, and robe(s) of one color, the color of the red embers of a dying fire. His cult symbols are the setting sun disc and a flute that brings peace and tranquility to those who hear it.
It is fascinating to note that the Zero Libra point, marking the September Equinox, is currently aligned with the North Galactic Pole. The North Galactic Pole lies 90 degrees north of the Galactic Plane in the constellation of Coma Berenices. This particular near exact alignment only happens for 144 years, during a 26,000 year cycle as the equinox and solstice points move one degree every 72 years. The exact alignment is happening now. One interpretation of the constellation Coma Berenices is that it represents long beautiful hair.
In September, we also bid farewell to the Harvest Lord who was slain at Lammas. He is the Green Man, seen as the cycle of nature in the plant kingdom. He is harvested and his seeds are planted into the Earth so that life may continue and be more abundant.
From the moment of the September Equinox, the Sun's strength diminishes, until the moment of Winter Solstice in December, when the Sun grows stronger and the days once again become longer than the nights.
At this festival it is appropriate to wear all of your finery and dine and celebrate in a lavish setting. It is the drawing to and of family as we prepare for the winding down of the year at Samhain. It is a time to finish old business as we ready for a period of rest, relaxation, and reflection.
Altar’s are dressed in a red or bright russet cloth and with candles of brown or cinnamon. Stones of Yellow Topaz, Carnelian, Sapphire, Yellow Agate, Lapis Lazuli, and Amethyst. Also, river or stream stones which have been submerged for the Summer may be used.
The circle is decorated with autumn flowers, acorns, gourds, corn sheaves and fall leaves.
Herbs are used for this celebration also:Rue, yarrow, rosemary, marigold, sage, walnut leaves and husks, mistletoe, saffron, chamomile, almond leaves, passionflower, frankincense, rose hips, bittersweet, sunflower, wheat, oak leaves, dried apple or apple seeds.
Incense is made using pine, sage, sweetgrass or myrhh. You can also mix marigold, passionflower, and fern, using frankincense or myrhh as a resin for Mabon incense.
Mabon is the Witch's Thanksgiving, a time to appreciate and give thanks to the Goddess for her bounty and to share in the joys of the harvest. Fall fruits, squash, gourds, pumpkins, grains, nut breads, vegetables.
Here is a sample menu that might be served. Mabon Wine Moon Cider, Roast Chicken Rubbed with Sage, Basil, and Thyme, Acorn Squash made with Sweet Butter, Cinnamon and Honey, and Apple Bread.
Mabon Wine Moon Cider
4 cups apple cider 1/2 tsp. whole cloves
4 cups grape juice additional cinnamon sticks
2 cinnamon sticks for cups, 6 inches long
1 tsp allspice
In a 4-quart saucepan, heat cider and grape
juice. Add cinnamon, allspice and cloves.
Bring just to boiling. Lower heat and simmer
for 5 minutes.
Serve with ladle from a cauldron. Makes 8 cups.
Make grapevine wreaths using dried bitter-sweet herb for protection.
Use ribbons of gold and yellow to bring in the energy of the Sun, and decorate with sprigs of dried yarrow or cinnamon sticks.
Magickal Horn of Plenty. http://www.earthwitchery.com/horn.html
How to make scented pinecones
Scented pine cones can be a great way to have decoration and scent all in one. They are easy to make and can be used for a wide range of decorating options. You can buy pine cones, but you can also take the time to find them yourself. A good nature walk is always relaxing!
It is best to make your own scented spray that you can then use to spray down your pine cones. To do this you will want to buy a small spray bottle. The spritz kind work well and are available in most travel sections of the store. Four ounce size is just perfect. To that add three ounces of distilled water and almost 1 ounce of rubbing alcohol. It doesn't have to be perfect and you want to leave a little room at the top. Finish your spray with your favorite essential oils. Mix and let sit for 48 hours so the fluid picks up the essential oils well. Clean your pine cones.
Clean your pine cones with a damp rag. This is only necessary if you picked up your own. Getting the dust off to begin with will make them last longer and look better. This is one advantage to buying pine cones rather then hunting for your own.
Add your scent.
Add your scent to the pine cones by spraying liberally with your scented spray. Let dry and repeat. You may want to do this one side at a time for easier access. To keep it easy clean up you can lay them out on paper towel and spray them on these. When they are dry, flip them over and repeat on the back side. You can do this a few times for a lot of scent or leave the scent lighter, the choice is yours.
Decorate with them.
You can simply place the pine cones in a basket or hang them with pretty ribbon. You can also attach them to a wreath for a pretty way to display them.
Every now and again you may want to re scent your pine cones using your scented spray. This can be an easy way to keep the room fresh and smelling great.
There are thousands of options for using as a scent, but some work better with pine cones then others. You may want to stick with the theme and use a pine or spruce scent. This works well and can also be very pleasant. You can also do other outdoors scents like cedar, sandalwood, or cinnamon. This is just a guide and of course doesn't have to be used. You can make your pine cones smell like roses or oranges or anything you want.
Scented pine cones can make a great way for a little scent and a lot of decorating options. They don't take much work; can look great, but even better then that they can smell great. A good scent can fill the room and make for a very pleasant and relaxing atmosphere.
Make a protection charm of hazelnuts (filberts) strung on red thread.
Collect milkweed pods to decorate at Yuletide and attract the faeries.
Call upon the elementals and honor them for their help with (N-earth) the home and finances, (E-air) school and knowledge, (S-fire) careers and accomplishments, (W-water) emotional balance and fruitful relationships.
Make a witch's broom. Tie dried corn husks or herbs (broom, cedar, fennel, lavender,peppermint, rosemary) around a strong, relatively straight branch of your choice.
Make magic Apple Dolls: Apples are sacred symbols of the witch. Our holy land, Avalon,means Apple-land or Island of Apples. Slice an apple through the midsection and its seeds reveal the sacred shape of the pentacle. You will need two large apples, one for Mabon and one for Modron, 2 pencils and 2 dowels about 12 inches long, a paring knife, a glass or bowl of water to wash your fingers, a plate, and a towel to wipe your hands. Peel and core the apples. Carve a face in the apples. Place apples on a dowel and stand them in a jar to dry (start now). Then charge in a magick circle. After 2 or 3 weeks, they should look like shrunken heads. Make them into dolls. Use wheat, dried herbs or doll's hair for hair. Dress them in tiny robes and bring them into the circle, asking god/dess to charge them with their light.
Hang these Mabon and Madron heads on a Witch’s cord or a Mabon wreath.
Spellworkings for Mabon would center around protection, prosperity, security, self-confidence, balance and harmony.
I hope this gives you a better understanding of the celebrations of Earth Religions and
that it will stimulate you to investigte some of the myths associated with them.
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|I am still learning who LaVonne/Dorothy is.|
Statistically I am a 65 y/young mother of 3, grandmother of 9, and great-grandmother of 3. I am a High Priestess and founder of the College of the Boundless Truth, am an Ordained Minister and perform Handfastings, marriages during the Spring and Summer season. I am enjoying my Crone years.
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