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Mabon Gratitude Ritual

This is a Mabon ritual to acknowledge the great generosity of the God, Goddess, land spirits (or household spirits if you wish), ancestors (or spirit animals if you wish), and family (which is defined however you wish as relatives, friends, pets, or any combination thereof). There is nothing like giving thanks to remind yourself that you are truly blessed. Mabon is the autumn equinox where the Wheel of the Year rests briefly in balance and day and night are of equal length. To help the Wheel roll ahead toward night, you recite a litany of gratitude. This solitary ritual can be adapted for a family or other small group.

1. Set up your altar and don't hold back. This is the time to go all out with a cornucopia of fruits and vegetables to revel in the richness of the second harvest. Include a small basket filled with five black stones and five white stones. Put two candles behind the basket. The black one representing Night should be on the left. The white one representing Day should be on the right. Add a chalice or drinking horn filled with red wine, ale, or grape juice on the left side of your altar, and a plate of celebratory cake slices on the right side.

2. Cast your circle.

3. Light both candles, Night and Day, starting with the Night candle on your left. Lift the basket in your cupped hands and say, "Behold! Night and Day are equal on this sacred, second harvest of Mabon. The balance holds." Place the basket back on the altar. Say, "Hail, Lord [your God's name]! Hail, Lady [your Goddess's name]! Hail to the land spirits and to my ancestors! I and my family greet you on this day of balance. We thank you for your largesse. May you see us safety into winter."

4. Take the first white stone from the basket and hold it over your heart. Say, "This is for you, Lord [your God's name]. You sacrifice yourself during the dangerous pivot point of Mabon as day turns to night. Your blood buys us safe passage into winter. We thank you for your courage and unconditional love. This year especially you have…[name that gift from him for which you are most grateful this year]. Remove this white stone from the altar.

5. Take the second white stone from the basket and hold it over your heart. Say, "This is for you, Lady [your Goddess's name]. You lead us through the doorway into winter. Your womb is the cauldron that brings forth new life. We thank you for your wisdom and healing heart. This year especially you have…[name that gift from her for which you are most grateful this year]. Remove this white stone from the altar.

6. Take the third white stone from the basket and hold it over your heart. Say, "This is for you, noble spirits of the land. You bring prosperity and vibrant beauty to our lives. We thank you for your protection. This year especially you have…[name that gift from them for which you are most grateful this year]. Remove this white stone from the altar.

7. Take the fourth white stone from the basket and hold it over your heart. Say, "This is for you, my ancestors. You grace us with your wise counsel. This year especially you have…[name that gift from them for which you are most grateful this year]. Remove this white stone from the altar.

8. Take the fifth white stone from the basket and hold it over your heart. Say, "This is for you, my family. You bring forth everything that is good within me. You inspire me to do even better. I thank you for intertwining your lives with mine. This year especially you have…[name that gift from them for which you are most grateful this year]. Remove this white stone from the altar.

9. Extinguish the white Day candle and leave the black Night one burning. Lift the basket in your cupped hands and say, "Behold, the Wheel rolls on and the balance tips. Day has fled and Night remains." Place the basket back on the altar and lift your chalice or drinking horn. Say, "I drink to you, Lord [your God's name] and Lady [your Goddess's name]. I drink to you, spirits of the land. I drink to my ancestors and my family, and hold you close in my heart." Drain the chalice or drinking horn with gusto. Say, "I celebrate the sustenance you provide." Eat one of the celebratory cake slices. Then extinguish the black candle.

10. Take down your circle.

11. You or you and your group can consume more cakes and ale as you move into a more informal celebration of Mabon.

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