Activities for Celebrating Mabon

Activities of Mabon:

  • Select the best of each vegetable, herb, fruit, nut, and other food you have harvested or purchased and give it back to Mother Earth with prayers of thanksgiving.
  • Using a needle, draw pieces of monofilament cord through several sunflowers. Hang the flowers in trees so birds can eat the seeds. As you hang the flowers, say “Symbols of Sun, Who now departs. And leaves the world both cold and dark, Live on within these seeds of Light. And feed our feathered friends in flight. That they may thrive in winter’s chill. Until again with light You fill the The Earth and shine again anew. Replacing ice with morning dew.”
  • Hang dried ears of corn around your home in appreciation of the harvest season.
  • Do meditations and chanting as you store away food for the Winter.
  • Do a thanksgiving circle, offering thanks as you face each direction – – for home, finances, and physical health (North); for gifts of knowledge (East); for accomplishments in career and hobbies (South); for relationships (West); and for spiritual insights and messages (Center).
  • Gather and dry herbs, plants, seeds and seed pods.
  • Make grapevine wreaths using dried bitter-sweet herb for protection.
  • Make a protection charm of hazelnuts (filberts) strung on red thread.
  • 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. This is also the time for replacing your old broom with a new one. As the broom corn is ripe now, besom making is traditional and magickal this time of year.
  • Make magic Apple Dolls Gifts of the Harvest can be used to make tools and emblems that will remind us of their bounty all year round.
  • Look for colored leaves. Collect fallen leaves and make a centerpiece or bouquet for your home. Save the leaves to burn in your Yule fire.
  • Vist an apple orchard and, if possible, pick your own apples. Hang apples on a tree near your home. Watch the birds and other small animals who will enjoy your gift.
  • Begin the festival with a vineyard or orchard harvest. You might check the farm lands in your area to see if there’s an orchard or pumpkin patch that allows customers to harvest produce for themselves.
  • Have a potluck feast with a group of friends and loved ones to celebrate the abundance of the season. Feel the warmth of being part of a community. “O Goddess Mother of us all, We thank You as Your blessings fall.  Upon us – each and every soul – As the year wheel turns and rolls.  For nourishing our bodies and Our spirits with Your gifts from the land.  For your abundance on the Earth.  We give you thanks with love and mirth.”
  • Do what you can to improve your home and prepare for winter.
  • Look at old family photo albums or scrapbooks. Try to tell stories about each person in the pictures. Thank the ancestors for the roles they continue to play in your lives by saying “For your lives, I give you thanks You, who now live in the ranks. Of memories of times now past Whose blood still flows within me fast. Whose personalities I share Whose mannerisms here and there Come out in me from time to time. Bringing reason for my rhyme, I thank you for the parts of me. You’ve put in place that I might be I promise now that you shall thrive. With loving thoughts throughout my life, For all I am and all I’ll be, Is because you live in me”
  • Leave an apple on the grave of an ancestor.
  • Cut an apple in half to show your children the star inside. This is a reminder that all life is renewed in some way.
  • Take a walk in a wild place. Gather seedpods and dried plants.
  • Sing songs and talk about all the things you’ve done over the summer. Make plans for the winter.
  • Honor the birds and small animals in the wilderness or by your home by making a birdfeeder or mandala filled with seeds and grain.
  • Make rattles out of empty gourds and sunflower seeds or seeds collected from nature walks. Use the rattles to make music or scare away bad dreams.
  • Look at your family habits and figure out what you can do to improve your conservation habits. Can you use less water or recycle more of your garbage?
  • Make a Vine God (stick-type male figure with a hollow body) filled with foil-wrapped cornbread and sacrifice him on the campfire. Give thanks to the god for his sacrifice and enjoy the cornbread!
  • Dip colorful leaves in melted paraffin wax for altar decorations that may be enjoyed even after the celebration or attach to a wreath for your head.
  • Make a dried leaf mobile.

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