Mabon for Beginners

June 12, 2019

My American readers will be familiar with Thanksgiving. It’s a time when families and friends get together to share a large meal and be grateful for everything they have. But did you know that Wiccans and Pagans everywhere have their own version of this tradition?

It’s called Mabon, and it happens at the same time as the Autumn Equinox. For those who are unsure, that means that the lengths of night and day are close to equal, and that happens twice a year: once in Spring, and once in Autumn. Wiccans celebrate that equality, and apply it to other principles: just as night and day are equal, so are dark and light, masculine and feminine, and many other things. We like to link things like that.

At this point in the Pagan calendar, we have almost completed a full turn of the Wheel of the Year, and we’re about to return to the period of darkness that we started in. Nights are about to grow longer, days will be shorter and colder, the vibrant greens of summertime will give way to the flaming oranges and reds of autumn. And, as we always do when the seasons are about to change, Wiccans and Pagans everywhere are having a celebration!

As I mentioned in my post about Lammas, in Pagan mythology, the Sun God is supposed to have given his power to the grain, and at the time of Mabon, he is said to have made a huge sacrifice. When we cut the very last grain of the season, the Sun’s power has finally come to end for the year, and we are truly moving towards winter. The Moon Goddess reigns as the Harvest Queen, and Wiccans thank Her for everything she has provided us with, and thank the Sun God for his sacrifice for us.

At this time, fruit and vegetables are in abundance, so of course we celebrate that with a feast, making sure to remind ourselves that the food we are given is a gift that we should be grateful for, since without it we stand no chance of survival. In order for the coming winter months to be a time of peace and reflection, many Pagans also choose this time to do a bit of ‘autumn cleaning’, and declutter their homes of unwanted things. Mabon would be the perfect time to begin the KonMari method of tidying made famous by Marie Kondo!

There are plenty of things to be thankful for at this time. Think about your friends and family, and how lucky you are to have their love, support, and company. Reflect on your good health, and the good health of the people you surround yourself with, if a healthy mind and body is something you’re lucky enough to have. Be thankful for a source of income you have so that you can provide yourself with food to eat and a roof over your head. Be aware of your hobbies and pass-times, and the things you enjoy doing. If you’re Pagan, thank the Gods and Goddesses you believe in for everything they’ve done for you. And if you’re not Pagan, be grateful for the things that you believe in, and your conviction in those beliefs, even if your belief is that there’s nothing to believe at all.

Big or small, I’m sure there’s at least one thing that you are lucky to have. By bringing awareness to it, and respectfully being grateful for it, you’re sure to bring good vibes with you into the winter months, and that’s a huge part of what Mabon is all about.

Have a lovely day, and blessed be.

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