Celebrating Mabon; Gratuity Garland
Theres a new scent rolling in with the morning mists off the mountain field, crisp as a fresh apple. The last of the grains have been cut, the tides are turning, as we enter into the second of three fall harvests.
Mabon is the fruit harvest, is symbolized by the overflowingly abundant cornucopia, and specifically the apple, one of the primary foods harvested at this time. Mabon is known as the Witch's Thanksgiving. Preceded by Lammas/Lughnasadh (Aug. 1), the Grain Harvest or Bread holiday and followed by Samhain (Oct. 31), the final harvest. Throughout the harvest season, we are in a theme of giving thanks for the fruits of Mother Earth which sustain us through the cold winter months.
Mabon is the Autumn Equinox, sitting opposite Ostara, Spring Equinox, on the Wheel of the Year. The Equinox is a momentary balancing point between the Summer and Winter Solstices. In the moment of the equinox, there is equal time between hours of Night and Day. At this time, we become aware of the inevitable end of summer season, and pause in gratitude for the fruits of summer.
Mabon is a Gaelic word originating from the phrase Mabon ap Modron meaning 'Son of the Mother'. This refers to the son, or offspring/fruits of Mother Earth having grown into maturity, and now ready withstand the initiatory test of sustaining himself through Winter.