Mabon Lore

August 30, 2009 at 1:20 am (Associations, Autum Equinox, Mabon, Magic, pagan, Witch)

Mabon Lore
article written by Lady Greenwood

Autumn Equinox, around September 21, is the time of the descent of the Goddess into the Underworld. With her departure, we see the decline of
nature and the coming of winter. This is a classic, ancient mythos, seen in the
Sumerian myth of Inanna and in the ancient Greek and Roman legends of
Demeter and Persephone. In September, we also bid farewell to the Harvest Lord who was slain at Lammas. He is the Green Man, seen as the cycle of nature in the plant kingdom. He is harvested and his seeds are planted into the Earth so that life may continue and be more abundant.
Mabon ("Great Son") is a Welsh god. He was a great hunter with a swift horse
and a wonderful hound. He may have been a mythologized actual leader. He was stolen from his mother, Modron (Great Mother), when he was three nights old, but was eventually rescued by King Arthur (other legends say he was rescued by the Blackbird, the Stag, the Owl, the Eagle, and the Salmon). All along, however, Mabon has been dwelling, a happy captive, in Modron’s magical Otherworld – Modron’s womb. Only in this way can he be reborn.
Mabon’s light has been drawn into the Earth, gathering strength and wisdom enough tobecome a new seed. In this sense, Mabon is the masculine counterpart of Persephone – the male fertilizing principle seasonally withdrawn. Modron corresponds with Demeter.

From the moment of the September Equinox, the Sun’s strength diminishes, until the moment of Winter Solstice in December, when the Sun grows stronger and the days once again become longer than the nights. Symbols celebrating the season include various types of gourd and melons. Stalks can be tied together symbolizing the Harvest Lord and then set in a circle of gourds. A besom can be constructed to symbolize the polarity of male and female. The Harvest Lord is often symbolized by a straw man, whose sacrificial body is burned and its ashes scattered upon the earth. The Harvest Queen, or Kern Baby, is made from the last sheaf of the harvest and bundled by the reapers who proclaim,

"We have the Kern!"

The sheaf is dressed in a white frock decorated with colorful ribbons depicting spring, and then hung upon a pole (a phallic fertility symbol). In Scotland, the last sheaf of harvest is called the Maiden, and must be cut by the youngest female in attendance.
Altar Dressings
candles should be brown or cinnamon.
decorate circle with autumn flowers, acorns, gourds, corn sheaves and fall leaves.
Mabon Magical Herbs
Rue, yarrow, rosemary, marigold, sage, walnut leaves and husks, mistletoe,
saffron, chamomile, almond leaves, passionflower, frankincense, rose hips,
bittersweet, sunflower, wheat, oak leaves, dried apple or apple seeds.
Incense
Pine, sage, sweetgrass or myrhh. You can also mix marigold, passionflower,
and fern, using frankincense or myrrh as a resin for Mabon incense.
Mabon Magical Stones
During Mabon, stones ruled by the Sun will help bring the Sun’s energy to you. clear quartz, amber, peridot, diamond, gold, citrine, yellow topaz, cat’s-eye, adventurine.

Mabon is a good time to cast spells of balance and harmony. It’s also a time
of change. Protection, wealth and prosperity spells are appropriate as well.

Sources:

"Celebrate the Earth" by Laurie Cabot
Green Witchcraft by Ann Moura
Llewellyn’s Witches’ Calendar 1998
The Witches’ God by Janet and Stewart Farrar

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