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How to Celebrate Mabon

Guest Author - Leslie Ravenwing

Mabon Celebration
There are many ways to give honor during this 2nd harvest festival. One old
traditional way is to visit the burial sites of your loved ones, placing an
apple on their marker. This represents the promise of the Great Spirits for
renewed life (a new incarnation).

This is a Celtic festival of thanksgiving, so what a better way to give
thanks than to prepare a meal with the harvest of your garden. Those that
indulge in wine can brew a new batch of this home made nectar of the Gods.
Those that do not indulge, can brew preserves and jellies from grapes,
raspberries and blackberries. Don't forget an apple pie for dessert.

A main course can consist of meats, most often red meats. But this is just a
suggestion. In this day and age of healthy eating, you should prepare a meal
that fits your personal lifestyle. However, your side dishes should consist
of late summer and early fall vegetables.

During your meal, share tales and happy stories about those you lost during
the year. Or share your experiences and review the lessons you feel you have
learned during this past season. Reflect on your deeds and actions and give
thanks for the gifts you were given.

After your meal, share the chore of cleaning up. This is a way of showing
honor and respect to your host and hostess. Think of it as a physical action
to show that you understand the interconnection of all life and the desire
to respect what you have been given and thanks for receiving those gifts.

During the evening hours you can continue the festival with a formal holiday
ritual. There are as many ways and suggestions for conducting such a
ceremony as there are people on this planet. But if you need a detailed
example you have two places on our network to look. For a simple Celtic
Ritual or Ceremony Outline or I invite you to visit our Wiccan Star site and
review the Mabon Sabbat Ritual.

End your evening in private reflection. It is important for anyone
practicing a spiritual life to reflect on his or her actions. Record your
thoughts, your emotions and your experiences. This is the true value of your
book of shadows. And there is no better time to take stock of yourself and
your life than during a High Holy Day.

Inscense
Mabon insence 1

equal parts of
benzoin, myrrh,honeysuckle bark , cinnamon and vanilla

Mabon inscence 2

2 parts frankinsence
1 part sandalwood
1 part cypress
1 part juniper
1 part pine
1/2 part oakmoss
1 pinch oak leaf

Fall Sabbat insence

3 pts frankinsense
2 pts sandalwood
1 pt benzoin
1 pt cinnamon
few drops patchouli

Fall Insence ( ritual)
1/4 t oakleavs
1/2 t pine needles
1/4 t frankinsence
1/4 t cinnamon
1/4 t cloves
1/2 t rosemary
1/4t sage
1/2 t pommegranate

Oils-
Myrrh and vanilla
apple blossom
patchouli
hay/straw

Ritual cup-
sage and rosepetal tea
all berry drinks
grape drinks
grape wine
hops tea
sasafrass tea
apple cider
Soap-
Marigold

Cakes-
apple goodie
cornbread
apple bread
bean bread

produce-
apples
corn
pommegranates
squash
beans

Decorations for altar-
apples
pommegranates
corn
squash
seeds gathered from the wild
autumn leaves
grapes
cornucopia
vines

Activities-
winemaking
second harvest celebration
balance
darkness overtaking light
celebration of wine
gathering seeds from the wild and from the garden

animals-
dogs, wolves
birds of prey

stones-
amethyst
yellow topaz

plants-
vines
ivy
hazel
cedar
hops
tobacco

Craft ideas-
talking stick
dream pillows
corn necklaces
corn mother

key actions-
giving thanks
harvest of the crops
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