Updated: Nov 24, 2020
Happy Mabon everyone! Today I have done a tarot reading for you with my Earth Magic Oracle Deck. I have also prepared some amazing stuff for Mabon below. I hope you enjoy it!
Today I asked what we need to focus on for Mabon and the coming season, and as always the deck and universe delivered!
Lake - Stillness
It is the Autumn Equinox, Mabon. We now look at the past days of summer and see that the rush of summer is fading away and growing quiet under the fading light of autumn. We are used to being in a constant pace of “hurry up,” now it is time to slow down as nature slows down and begins to let go. It is imperative now that we seek stillness, only in stillness can we heal the heart and soul. When we seek regular stillness, we find our minds, senses, and awareness of the world around us is heightened. Take time to connect with nature, your gods, or the universe and be still in the quiet.
Dance – Celebration
Mabon is the celebration of the second harvest. We celebrate working hard through the summer and now get to reap the rewards of our bounties before the stillness of winter. We feel the veil starting to thin as we began the preparations to honor our ancestors. Now is the time to let go of inhibitions and create a celebration. Put on some music and dance. Connect with yourself and the spirit around you. Let the music be apart of your celebration. We all know music is the universal language. It transcends language barriers and can influence us from the past into the future. Allow yourself to use the celebration and music as a meditation to connect to your ancestors or the universe.
Spring Equinox – Rebirth
Sometimes as we venture into the stillness, we see only shadows. Shadows need to be dealt with before we can feel at peace. This is called shadow work. Shadows are not literal shadows, but rather things that cause us pain or hold us back. These could be traumatic childhood memories, anger, self-sabotage, negative thought patterns, the list goes on and on. As we slip into a time of stillness, we are called to reach deep within ourselves to work through these patterns so that we can be reborn into a healthier better version of ourselves. We should consistently be seeking to better ourselves. Allow yourself to work through it and remember it will not be an overnight process. It will be a slow potentially painful process but one that is needed so you can step into the beauty and vibrancy you should be living in. As we see in autumn, leaves fall away, animals slip into hibernation. They go into the darkness to grow and re-emerge beautifully in the spring. You are being called to go through this transformation. Seek out your deities, ancestors, or the universe for guidance.
I feel this reading is perfect guidance into the season of Autumn. Let us start our celebration for Mabon today!
So what is Mabon?
Mabon is the Autumn Solstice or equinox. It is a time we see day and night are equal and we would celebrate the bounties of the harvest. Nature begins to let go of the lush green of summer and present the vibrancy of letting go of her colors and leaves before slipping into the darkness of winter. We also see the veil between the spirit world and the earthly realm starting to thin as we prepare to honor our ancestors around Samhain aka Halloween, but we will talk more about that in the future. The best simplest way I have heard Mabon described was a pagan version of Thanksgiving. During this time, we should be thankful for the blessings and bounties but also be open to the wisdom of the season.
I wrote up an Autumn Honoring spell and drew a sigil for the ritual too. You can draw this on your own (best option) or print it up for your honoring. You may even want to inscribe it into a candle.
I named this sigil Fomher.
In this sigil I charged it with grounding, stillness, honoring the veil thinning, bountiful harvest, letting go of what we don't need, connecting to our ancestors and hearing their wisdom, and healing.
Basic Altar Honoring
As you can see from the image above my altar has all sorts of pretty things on it. These are not necessary. A simple candle will do. You could use a pillar candle or even tea light. Red, or gold or deep orange would be best, but white is universal so that will work fine. Like I said before you can draw the sigil into the candle or on paper and place it on the altar.
Light your candle and focus your energy for a moment before saying the words.
Autumn Honoring Spell
Golden red and brown
Leaves dancing all around
Cool breezes whispering wisdom on bonfire nights.
Crisp cooling days as the world bids goodbye to summer dreams
Bring forth Autumn and her beauty of color and letting go.
Let the rush of Summer fade away as Autumn makes her grand entrance.
Warm temperatures are gone on the breeze and remain are the cool days of autumn.
On the breeze bring the voices of our past ancestors.
Allow us to let go of what is no longer needed and guide us into peace.
When you finish you can take a moment to meditate on all you are thankful for and ask for guidance in the coming season.
If it is a tea light, I would recommend letting it burn out but if it is a full pillar candle, I would gently snuff it. Do what feels right to you but always practice fire safety!
Since Mabon is about the joy of the harvest, I often will prepare a comforting harvest dinner. I will include one of our favorite recipes!
Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie
Now I know some of you out there are like wait I eat meat, that is okay you can fix it with meat but I would recommend since this is about the harvest of what was grown I would recommend trying it vegetarian (it is delicious by the way).
3 to 4 large carrots peeled and chopped into quartered chunks
1 package of baby Bella mushrooms sliced
2 stalks of celery diced
1 medium red onion diced
2 to 4 cloves of garlic minced (feel free to add more or less we love garlic in our house)
1 package of frozen peas
1 can of cooked brown or green lentils (feel free to cook your own!)
1 teaspoon Better than Bouillon vegetable base (Vegetable or chicken bouillon would work too)
¾ to 1 can Tomato Paste
1 Tbsp butter
½ tsp dried rosemary
¾ tsp dried thyme
2 to 4 Tbsp dried parsley
1 to 2 cups vegetable broth
¼ cup dry white or red wine
Salt and pepper
If you are cooking your lentils start those first and cook them according to the directions on the packaging. In a deep skillet or Dutch oven sauté up the onion, carrots, and celery in a little olive oil, just enough to keep it from sticking. When the onions begin to get translucent and the carrots and celery start to become softer add the garlic, butter, bullion, mushrooms, rosemary, thyme, and pepper. Once the mushrooms begin to become soft add in the tomato paste, stir frequently. You want the tomato paste to develop its flavors, but if it starts to stick add a bit of the wine slowly while stirring until it is completely added. Add the parsley, peas, and lentils (if they are done cooking) and add 1 cup of the stock. Add more to the desired sauce thickness. Let cook for about 5 minutes then taste to adjust seasoning.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Add the mixture to an 8 by 13 oven-safe dish and top with the mashed potatoes and spread them over the mixture. Now you can add sour cream, chives, and cheese to your potatoes if you like. Put the dish in the oven and bake for 30 minutes.
Serve warm with whatever sides you like. If you cook this with meat just prepare the meat at the very start of the recipe. Enjoy!
I hope you all have a blessed Mabon! See you all next week for another Tarot Tuesday and comment below if you like these witchy posts!