Mabon ~ March 22nd
Mabon is the second harvest festival of the year, and is observed around September 22nd. It also marks the day when day and night are the same length, the autumn equinox. Many of the traditions and observances are similar to Lammas, except that the later crops are emphasized: apples, berries (wine!), and nuts.
This sabbat is a day for giving thanks, much like Lughnassadh was, but it is more of a central theme for Mabon.
The strength and energy of the God is fading and nearly gone, and the Goddess has begun to mourn for the death She knows is coming. The Goddess is pregnant, just as the earth is ripe and fruitful at this time of the year.
Activities and Rituals: offerings to land, preparing for cold weather by bringing in harvest, cutting willow wands (Druidic), leaving apples upon burial cairns & graves as a token of honor, walks in forests, gather seed pods & dried plants, fermenting grapes to make wine,picking ripe produce, stalk bundling
Incense: pine, sweetgrass,
apple blossom, benzoin, myrrh, frankincense, jasmine, sage wood aloes, black
pepper, patchouly, cinnamon, clove, oak moss.
Stones/Gems: yellow agate, carnelian,
yellow topaz, sapphire, lapis lazuli and amethyst.
Colors: brown, green, orange, red, deep gold, scarlet, yellow, russet, maroon, all autumn colors, purple, blue violet and indigo.
Symbols & Decorations: all harvest symbols, corn, autumn flowers, red poppies,nuts, grains, leaves, acorns, pine and cypress cones, oak sprigs, wreaths, vine, grapes, gourd, cornucopia,horns of plenty, burial cairns, apples, marigolds, harvested crops.
Foods: cornbread, wheat products, bread, grains, berries, nuts, grapes, acorns, seeds, dried fruits, corn, beans, squash, roots (ie onions, carrots, potatoes, etc), hops, apples, pomegranates, carrots, onions, potatoes, roast goose or mutton, wine, ale and ciders.
Modron (Welsh), Bona Dea, Harvest Deities, Persephone, Demeter/Ceres, Morgan (Welsh-Cornish), Snake Woman (Aboriginal), Epona (Celtic-Gaulish), Pamona (Roman), the Muses (Greek).
Mabon ap Modron (Welsh), Sky Father, John Barleycorn, the Wicker-Man, the Corn Man, Thoth (Egyptian), Hermes, Hotei (Japanese), Thor, Dionysus (Roman), Bacchus (Greek) and all wine Deities.
Herbs and Flowers: myrrh, thistle, tobacco, oak leaf, hazel, mums, hops, acorns, marigold, rose, sage, milkweed, solomon's seal, aster, fern, honeysuckle, benzoin, myrrh, passionflower, pine & cedar, ivy, hazel, hops, cedar.
Animals: dogs, wolves, stag, blackbird, owl, eagle, birds of prey, salmon & goat, Gnomes, Sphinx, Minotaur, Cyclops, Andamans and Gulons.
Work: prosperity rituals, introspection, past life recall