Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Autumn Equinox / Mabon Correspondences

Autumn Equinox / Mabon Correspondences

Date: September 22nd

Other Names: Cornucopia, Mabon, Witch’s Thanksgiving

Element: Air

Herbs: Acorn, Benzoin, Cedar, Ferns, Grains, Hazel, Honeysuckle, Ivy, Marigold, Milkweed, Myrrh, Passionflower, Rose, Sage, Solomon's Seal, Tobacco, Thistle, Vegetables

Oils/Incense: Apple, Benzoin, Myrrh, Patchouli, Sage

Colors: Brown, Gold, Maroon, Orange, Red, Russet, Violet

Stones: Amethyst, Lapis Lazuli, Sapphire, Yellow Agates, Yellow Topaz

Foods: Apples, Breads, Carrots, Nuts, Onions, Pomegranates, Potatoes

Symbols: Acorns, Apples, Balance, Corn, Cornucopia (Horn of Plenty), Dried Seeds, Equality, Gourds, Grains, Grapes, Ivy, Mysteries, Pine Cones, Pomegranates, Second Harvest, Wine

Activities: Making wine, gathering dried herbs, plants, seeds and seed pods, walking in the woods, scattering offerings in harvested fields, offering libations to trees, adorning burial sites with leaves, acorns, and pine cones to honor those who have passed over

Spellworkings: Protection, prosperity, security, and self-confidence. Also those of harmony and balance

Goddesses - Epona, Modron, Morgan, Muses, Pamona, Persephone, Sin, Sophia, Sura
Gods - Green Man, Hermes, Mabon, Thoth, Thor

Related Festivals:
Sukkot - This Jewish holiday which is celebrated in early October commemorates the 40 years the Israelites wandered in the desert. It is also a harvest festival of thanks.

Thanksgiving - This is a secular holiday which is similar to the Pagan festival of Mabon; a day to give thanks for the food and blessings of the previous year. The American Thanksgiving is the last Thursday in November while the Canadian Thanksgiving is celebrated in October.

Festival of Dionysus - There were several festivals that honored Dionysus, the God of Wine. It was a time of fun, games and feasting and of course drinking of wine!

This festival is celebrated on or about September 21st and is the eighth Sabbat of the year. It celebrates the Autumn Equinox and is the second harvest festival, when Nature is preparing for the winter months. Night and day are of equal length and the God’s energy and strength are nearly gone. The Goddess begins to mourn the loss she knows is coming, but knows He will return when he is reborn at Yule.

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