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

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

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.

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

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!

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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


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