MABON (Autumn Equinox) 


Mabon Lore
Altar Dressings

Mabon Magickal Herbs
Mabon Incense

Mabon Magickal Stones

Holiday Fare
Mabon Activities

Mabon Lore

Autumn Equinox, around September 21, is the 
time of the descent of the Goddess into the 
Underworld. With her departure, we see the 
decline of nature and the coming of winter. 
This is a classic, ancient mythos, seen the 
Sumerian myth of Inanna and in the ancient 
Greek and Roman legends of Demeter and 

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.

Mabon ("Great Son") is a Welsh god. He was a 
great hunter with a swift horse and a wonderful
hound. He may have been a mythologized actual 
leader. He was stolen from his mother, Modron 
(Great Mother),when he was three nights old, 
but was eventually rescued by King Arthur 
(other legends say he was rescued by the 
Blackbird, the Stag, the Owl, the Eagle, and 
the Salmon). All along, however, Mabon has 
been dwelling, a happy captive, in Modron's 
magickal Otherworld -- Madron's womb. Only in 
this way can he be reborn. Mabon's light has 
been drawn into the Earth, gathering strength 
and wisdom enough to become a new seed. In 
this sense, Mabon is the masculine counterpart 
of Persephone -- the male fertilizing principle
seasonally withdrawn. Modron corresponds with 

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.

Symbols celebrating the season include various
types of gourd and melons. Stalk can be tied 
together symbolizing the Harvest Lord and then 
set in a circle of gourds. A besom can be 
constructed to symbolize the polarity of male 
and female. The Harvest Lord is often 
symbolized by a straw man, whose sacrificial 
body is burned and its ashes scattered upon the
earth. The Harvest Queen, or Kern Baby, is made
from the last sheaf of the harvest and bundled 
by the reapers who proclaim, "We have the Kern!"
The sheaf is dressed in a white frock decorated 
with colorful ribbons depicting spring, and then
hung upon a pole (a phallic fertility symbol). 
In Scotland, the last sheaf of harvest is called
the Maiden, and must be cut by the youngest 
female in attendance.

Altar Dressings
* candles should be brown or cinnamon.
* decorate circle with autumn flowers,
  acorns, gourds, corn sheaves and fall 
Mabon Magickal Herbs

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.


Pine, sage, sweetgrass or myrhh. You can also mix 
marigold, passionflower, and fern, using 
frankincense or myrhh as a resin for Mabon incense

Mabon Magickal Stones

During Mabon, stones ruled by the Sun will help 
bring the Sun's energy to you.clear quartz, 
amber, peridot, diamond, gold, citrine, yellow 
topaz, cat's-eye, adventurine.

Mabon is a good time to cast spells of balance 
and harmony. It's also a time of change. 
Protection, wealth and prosperity spells are 
appropriate as well.

Holiday Fare

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.

A magickal Mabon beverage: hot apple cider. 
Apple rules the heart, cider alone is a self-
love potion. By spicing it with cinnamon, ruled 
by Jupiter and the Sun, we are in essence, 
ingesting the sunlight.

Sample menu #1: Mabon Wine Moon Cider, Roast 
Chicken Rubbed with Sage, Basil, and Thyme, 
Acorn Squash made with Sweet Butter, Cinnamon 
and Honey, and Apple Bread.

Sample menu #2: Wine from the god and beans and 
squashes from the goddess. A hearty multi-bean 
soup with smoked meats (optional), including 
such as cut-up mild sausage like mild Italian 
or Polish.

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.

Mabon Activities

* 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.

* Make a Magickal Horn of Plenty.

* Make Magickal Scented Pinecones.

* 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 

* 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.

From "Celebrate the Earth" by Laurie Cabot,
Green Witchcraft by Ann Moura, Llewellyn's Witches'
Calendar 1998, and The Witches' God by Janet and 
Stewart Farrar.