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What are YOU planning for Mabon-Autumn Equinox?

Tell us how you celebrate the Autumn Equinox or Mabon. Share your rituals, recipes, poems or thoughts about this next Turn of the Wheel.

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This Mabon I Will Be Trying Out Several Things In The Excellent... Sep 10th. at 9:49:15 pm UTC

Blackthorne (Walnut Creek, California US) Age: 35 - Email

This Mabon I will be trying out several things in the excellent book "Circle Round." It has much for pagan parents and I just really love the book. I belong to a Male Pagan Group called "Samildanach", and we are going to be cutting down the greenman/wicker man that we have named "John Barleycorn". We are going to leave him to dry until Samhain where he will be burned. He has grown since the spring, and we have tied parchments of our hopes and dreams, when they burn with him we hope they will come to fruitition. I will be scanning this forum over the next week to see if anyone else has any good ideas I might borrow. One thing I like about being a pagan is you can make your traditions better and better as you and your family grows.

Bright Blessings


Hi, Twv!; Mabon/autumnal Equinox? We At Sacred Pentagraph Treat It As... Sep 10th. at 10:48:47 pm UTC

Tarostar (Toronto, Ontario CA) Age: 58 - Email

Hi, TWV!;

Mabon/Autumnal Equinox?

We at Sacred Pentagraph treat it as a facing of one's just desserts.

First, the annual Coven dues are collected as the harvest sacrifice.

Then there is a large table laden with seasonal harvest fruit, plates and paring knives.

The God as Karmic Judge is invoked and each person takes a plate, heaps it with fruit and takes a knife and sits to meditate with and before the God as to what one has accomplished or failed to accomplish in the previous Year.

The fruit is pared and consumed as each person judges him or her self before the God. A pat on the back, or a kick in the ass, as each feels he/she deserves.

The Scales of Libra stand as the meditation symbol and total silence reigns in the Temple for this rite. It is a private inner communion with the God. BB Tarostar

This Is A Special Time For Me, My Wife, And My Former... Sep 10th. at 10:54:59 pm UTC

Justin Travis (Munford, Tennessee US) Age: 27 - Email

This is a special time for me, my wife, and my former wife, who is our best friend now. Not only does this time represent the bountiful harvests and the settling in for winter, it is a celebration of birth for us. My little boy turns 6 on the 22nd and our nephew turns 4 on the 23rd. We all get together and have a big celebration. It's really fun to see the pagan aspects of the days meld with the judeo-christian aspects of the days come together in one place with no ill feelings.

Coming together in this fashion allows all the kids to see both beliefs in a non-prejudiced environment so they don't have the complexes or fears about other ways of life that I grew up with.

Well, As A Harvest Festival, There Will Always Be Food, And Lots... Sep 10th. at 11:57:08 pm UTC

Kaicielia BlueDragon (Madison, Wisconsin US) Age: 24 - Email

Well, as a harvest festival, there will always be food, and lots of it. After all, we are preparing ourselves for winter, and getting all that we can now to survive the cold ahead is the meaning of the season. Of course, the whole "survive" thing has changed quite a bit in modern times, but spiritual and mental "surviving" may be included in this.
It is also a time to look back and see what you have dont the past year. What have you accomplished, and what got left behind in the dirt. And I have to agree, as one who has two young children, "Circle Round" is always very helpful! I will read one of the stories to my children, or maybe a rendition of the story of Persephone that I wrote myself in elementary school. I was very excited to see that come out of the woodwork just recently.

My Son's Birthday Is The 21st, So I Usually Observe The Equinox... Sep 11th. at 2:57:49 am UTC

Secular Pagan (Minneapolis, Minnesota US) Age: 36 - Email

My son's birthday is the 21st, so I usually observe the equinox by celebrating his birth. ;-) My celebration of autumn, itself, is a turning toward hot tea and hot cider and hot soups when the first cool, crisp day arrives, whenever that may be. Oh, and all things squash and pumpkin are a must, including a pumpkin bar with that cup of hot tea!

Merry Meet. I'd Like To Start Off By Mentioning That I'm Only... Sep 11th. at 1:22:39 pm UTC

T----- Murphy (not telling.) Age: 12

Merry meet. I'd like to start off by mentioning that I'm only a seventh grade Wiccan, though I've been practicing magick for a couple of years. This equinox, I plan to hold a ritual: I'll summon the quarters, and, (my strength being air), I will meditate in my Goddess tree in my backyard. Then I will go back to my room and do some candles (I have a scented one in quarter-color tie-dye that is molded into a spiral.) I'll go outside and release the quarters.

Merry part, blessed be.

Ah Mabon.... My Plans Include A Ceremonial Killing Of A Green Man... Sep 11th. at 6:28:59 pm UTC

Seabhac (Concord, California US) Age: 27

Ah Mabon....

My plans include a ceremonial killing of a Green Man that my group planted on the Summer Solstice, and taking part in a ritual to honor both the hunt and harvest that begin taking place around this time of the year.

Our Green Man grew amazingly well on the scaffolding we put together (He's no more than four feet tall in the pot that we planted him in). Now comes the time to harvest the growth, as we prepare to burn our Green Man come Samhain.

As for the ritual, the details are really up in the air, but I plan on celebrating both the hunting and harvesting that our hunter/gatherer ancestors began around this time of the year. To me, Mabon is the signal to prepare for winter by stocking up on all forms of food, whether meat from the animals or grains and fruits from the field. So I hope to do honor to this holiday through the ritual, whatever format it falls into!

Merry Meet~ Initially When I Started To Consider What I Wanted To... Sep 12th. at 2:42:09 pm UTC

Rianna Gwen (Sparks, Nevada US) Age: 28

Merry Meet~

Initially when i started to consider what I wanted to do for Mabon, I wrote a ritual to conduct. However, unfortunatly life being life can get in the way from doing things exactly as we would like them to be done. At first this didn't make much sense to me... but now i believe i have the answers to the seeking. And I know what I have to be extremely thankful for but didn't realize the choices were there. It's more of a matter of empowering yourself really. (Long story and gets off the subject a bit.)

And on that note... What am i doing for Mabon was the question... I have invited some close friends over to my house and each guest has been asked to bring thier favorite dish to share. Although we are not doing full blown ritual we are starting a new tradition in my family for this holiday. All of it is new actually because this will be the first celebrated Mabon for my family and myself. However, I am making a candleabra where I am cutting little holes in the top of baby pumpkins, acorn squashes, and apples. Every guest will have to cut their own out if they want to particpate because that vegatable will be theirs to empower or charge with whatever they wish to put into it for their special appreciations and personal freedoms. After all is carved out each guest will pick out a candle they want and those can or will be annointed as well by each participant. Then all will be put together as a centerpiece for the table. And before the food is served each person will share their thoughts and appreciations if they chose to and light their candle. After this is done the meal will be served and whatever else we wish to do.

I hope everyone has a Wonderful and Blessed Mabon and my family and I send blessings to you all!

Blessed Be~
Rianna Gwen

p.s. sorry, but my recipes are at home:(

Good Day To All. My Plans This Year, Too, Are To Not... Sep 12th. at 6:42:45 pm UTC

Lynne-Renee (St. Louis area, Missouri US) Age: 28

Good day to all.

My plans this year, too, are to not have a typical ritual. Isn't that interesting how so many seem to be "keeping it home" this turn of the wheel?

As a "social-solitary, " I've invited a couple of friends (we are all female) over for dinner. I've asked everyone to bring a dish/form of bounty that hearkens to either an elder family member or friend. It could be something "passed down" or a reasonable facsimile of food that warms the heart with its memories of abundance, love and togetherness. This doesn't mean "mum's hot apple pie" necessarily. My one example I've given people, to ease the non-cook's stress level, is Bac-O's. Yes, my gram, who passed 2 years ago, always bought me Bac-O's for my salads as a little girl. When I asked for them at home I was told, "They have no nutritional value plus we don't have the money to spend on junk like that."

I cannot tell you the deep sense of abundance I sense and how special I feel when I taste those Bac-O's on my salads today!

I bought my first container of them (in my life), one month ago as an exercise of self-esteem. (I know someone's out there wondering just how crunchy-crispy my brain is). Wiccans, you know how powerful these things can be though.

At our dinner, we will talk about the good things that have come to us this year and others. We'll talk about what good we have sown this year and what things we are looking forward to committing to and exploring for Samhain.

After our meal is over, we'll retire to the sitting room for more relaxed conversation this time about the things we will be looking at for Samhain that are ending or have ended. I put this on the plan since it is timely and we all are already excited about Samhain.

I hope you all have a wonderful harvest and I look forward to reading other's plans as well.


Where I Am In Oregon This Time Of Year Is Very Often... Sep 13th. at 3:23:16 pm UTC

Brightwise (Albany, Oregon US) Age: 25

Where I am in Oregon this time of year is very often sunny and hot. And I know that at any time the winter can set in--in the form of rain. I have found that, if I'm not paying attention to my feelings, I can get depressed with the grey skies. I plan to create something (I'll let the moment decide for me) from the garden that will remind me of the bounty of the summer, the hot, brilliant sun and place it where I will see it daily to remind myself of the summer's light and that the sun shines through me even in the rainy winter.

Well , To Start I Think Me And My Friend Are Going For... Sep 13th. at 5:25:00 pm UTC

morgdimous starpanther (Salisbury, Pennsylvania US) Age: 13 - Email

Well , to start i think me and my friend are going for a long hike up on the mountain that i live by.We will probably end up camping out as we usually do for sabbats. The ritual will probably start around 6:00 pm judging on where we find a nice place to set up and make a small fire.(we have only ever done this about 6 times so far but it always fun). on the way up and on the way back we usualy pick up trash to show honor for our earth. my friend (lance) usually brings 2 bags of apple snips i bring apple cider and whatever other good food we manage to find . Im pretty sure we are gonna do this on the 22nd i still have to check with him which of 3 days would be best. well i guess that will be our mabon

brightest blessings to all


I Guess I Take More Of A Practical Approach. My Family And... Sep 16th. at 2:31:44 pm UTC

Pam (Exeter, Pennsylvania US) Age: 25

I guess I take more of a practical approach. My family and I will celebrate with a semi-traditional Thanksgiving dinner. This works out especially well for me since I have to travel to be with family on Thanksgiving, so we use this as our own special immediate family thanksgiving.

I don't get everything done on the actual equinox, but use the week before and week after to do my fall cleaning, packing up the summer things and uncovering the winter shovels and salt that are buried deep in the shed. Harvesting the last round of flowers from my cutting garden before the frost gets them. Decorating with fall colors and items, looking for some pumpkins. I start to make decorations and presents for Yule, and spend the rest of the month making Halloween costumes for my kids.

To me it is a symbol that I need to get done with the things of summer, and get ready for the cold months and holidays ahead.

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