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The Purpose of Mabon
Mabon Activities
Corn Husk Doll
Mabon Cleansing Spray
Mabon Soap Recipe
Magic Apple Dolls
Mabon Caramel Apples
Mabon Wine Moon Cider
Sea Turtle Wisdom Bread
Mabon Spell
Mabon - The Second Harvest
Mabon Incense
The Purpose of Mabon As a holiday, Mabon represents the time of honoring the dead, visiting burial sites, giving thankfulness for the end of the harvest season and the bounty it provides. These are the themes of closing, letting go and remembering. For the year, the harvest and for those who wehrefre lost to land of Avalon during the year. Although many view the Harvest season as a celebration of life, it is also a celebration of death. The bounty you gather from your garden provides nourishment for you, family and friends. But it is also the death of those plants and vegetables which have been harvested from that garden. Thus Mabon is a celebration of the cycle of life. 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. 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. Mabon Activities Make grapevine wreaths using dried bitter- sweet herb for protection. Use ribbons of gold and yellow to bring in the energy of the Sun, and decorate with sprigs of dried yarrow or cinnamon sticks. Make a Magickal Horn of Plenty. Make Magickal Scented Pinecones. Make a protection charm of hazelnuts (filberts) strung on red thread. Collect milkweed pods to decorate at Yuletide and attract the faeries. Call upon the elementals and honor them for their help with (N-earth) the home and finances, (E-air) school and knowledge, (S-fire) careers and accomplishments, (W-water) emotional balance and fruitful relationships. Make a witch's broom. Tie dried corn husks or herbs (broom, cedar, fennel, lavender, peppermint, rosemary) around a strong, relatively straight branch of your choice. Corn Husk Doll According to legend, a kitchen witch in the kitchen means meals will never burn. I am sure this Raven haired doll will be a fun addition to make for your Magickal Workings! You Will Need: 24 pieces of black yarn, each about 15 inches long 8 tamale wrappers or dried corn husks (sold in grocery stores) soaked in water for at least 5 minutes 3 (12-inch) tan pipe cleaners Scissors 1 (6-inch-long) stick Time needed: About 1 to 2 Hours Procedure: Gather the pieces of yarn and knot them together at one end. Shake off excess water from the soaked wrappers or husks. Stack 4 of them together and lay the yarn on top with the knot near the narrow end. (A). Roll the layered husks around the yarn and cinch them just above the knot with half a pipe cleaner (B) Fold the husks down over the knot to make the witch's head (A). Wrap another pipe cleaner half around the husks at the neck (B). For posable arms, roll up a long piece of pipe cleaner in one of the husks (A). Wrap a short piece of pipe cleaner around each end at the wrists. Sandwich the arm piece between the layers of folded-down husks, tearing the husks to separate if needed. Secure the arms in place by wrapping another pipe cleaner half just below the arms to form the witch's waist (B). To make the hat, cut two 5-inch-diameter circles, each from a husk. Cut one circle in half and curl one half into a cone. To keep the shape, poke a small piece of pipe cleaner through the husk layers at the wide end of the cone and twist the ends together (A). Cut a 1 1/2-inch asterisk in the center of the other circle (B) and carefully push the cone three quarters of the way through the hole (C). For a broom, fringe the wide end of a husk (A). Cut the husk K inch above the fringe. Roll the strip around the end of the stick. Secure it with a small piece of pipe cleaner (B). Mabon Cleansing Spray You Will Need: In a clean spray bottle add: 125 ml clear water 1 tablespoon sweet orange pure essential oil 1 tablespoon anise pure essential oil Procedure: Shake spray bottle before each use. The scent is sweet and licorice. Use to banish any unwanted emotions, energies or spirits. Mabon Soap Recipe You Will Need: 1 cup grated unscented soap 1/4 cup hot water 1 tbsp. apricot oil 1 tbsp. rose petals 1/2 tbsp. hibiscus 6 drops myrrh oil 3 drops sandalwood oil Procedure: Place grated soap in a heat-proof non-metallic container and add the hot water and apricot oil. Leave until it is cool enough to handle, and then mix together with your hands. If the soap is floating on the water, add more soap. Leave to sit for 10 minutes, mixing occasionally, until the soap is soft and mushy. Once the soap, water, and oil are blended completely, add the dry ingredients. Once the mixture is cool, then add the essential oils (essential oils evaporate quickly in heat). Enough essential oils should be added to overcome the original scent of the soap. Blend thoroughly and then divide the soap mixture into four to six pieces. Squeeze the soaps, removing as much excess water as possible into the shape you desire, and tie in a cheesecloth. Hang in a warm, dry place until the soap is completely hard and dry. Magic Apple Dolls Apples are sacred symbols of the witch. Our holy land, Avalon, means Apple-land or Island of Apples. Slice an apple through the midsection and its seeds reveal the sacred shape of the pentacle. You Will Need: 2 large apples, one for Mabon and one for Modron 2 pencils and 2 dowels about 12 inches long A paring knife 1 glass or bowl of water to wash your fingers 1 plate, and a towel to wipe your hands. Procedure: Peel and core the apples. Carve a face in the apples. Place apples on a dowel and stand them in a jar to dry (start now). Then charge in a magick circle. After 2 or 3 weeks, they should look like shrunken heads. Make them into dolls. Use wheat, dried herbs or doll's hair for hair. Dress them in tiny robes and bring them into the circle, asking god/dess to charge them with their light. Hang these Mabon and Madron heads on a Witch's cord or a Mabon wreath. Mabon Caramel Apples Serves: 6 You Will Need: 1 package Kraft* Caramels 6 red or green apples, destemmed 6 popsicle sticks Procedure: Melt caramels slowly in a double boiler. When runny in consistency, stick popsicle sticks into top center of apple, and dip apple into caramel sauce, making sure to cover entire apple with a coating of caramel. Place dipped apples, stick up on wax paper covered cookie sheet an refrigerate till caramel hardens. Remember, an apple a day keeps the dentist, doctor, and dermatologist away!!!! Mabon Wine Moon Cider Serves: 6 You Will Need: 4 cups apple cider 1/2 tsp. whole cloves 4 cups grape juice additional cinnamon sticks 2 cinnamon sticks for cups, 6 inches long 1 tsp allspice Procedure: In a 4-quart saucepan, heat cider and grape juice. Add cinnamon, allspice and cloves. Bring just to boiling. Lower heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Serve with ladle from a cauldron. Sea Turtle Wisdom Bread Serves: 2 turtles You Will Need: 2 tsp. active dry yeast 1 cup warm water 2 tsp. sugar or honey 3/4 tsp. salt 2 tsp. vegetable oil 2 1/2 to 3 cups all-purpose flour Raisins 1 egg Water Green food coloring Procedure: Dissolve yeast in warm water. Whisk in sugar/honey, salt, and oil. Slowly fold in flour, as it becomes harder to stir, turn the dough onto a lightly floured countertop and dust the dough with flour. Knead the dough by folding it in half and pressing it with the palm of your hand until it springs back when you poke it lightly with a finger. Form into ball and place in lightly greased bowl. Dust dough with flour and cover it with a clean cloth towel. Let it rise for 30 minutes. (Shouldn't spring back, now) After the dough has risen once, punch it down and form balls for the shell (6in. diameter), head (3in.) , and legs (2in.), and assemble on a greased cookie sheet. Etch a crisscross pattern on top of shell with a knife. Use 2 raisins for eyes. Let rise for 30 more minutes. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Brush lightly with egg wash ( 1 egg whisked with 1 tbs. water and couple drops green food coloring). Bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown. Mabon Spell Purpose: To wish positive change upon another This spell is to be cast upon Mabon, and it's intention is to bring about a welcome change to another person's life - to selflessly wish something good towards them that is solely for THEIR benefit. *This spell is dedicated to Emma- I pray that the negativity in YOUR life turns around, and that you can find someone special to love you, unconditionally, for the rest of your life. x x x Procedure: Recite the following incantation: As the leaves turn brown, and fall to the ground, Negativity in your life, Shall turn around! Autumn begins, and summer ends, As the seasons change, Changes to you I shall send! (Name of the person you are casting the spell upon), I send to you today, Positive change and happiness to stay!' State exactly how you want to change the person's life for the better. Complete the spell by repeating the incantation one more time. Mabon - The Second Harvest Mabon(pronounced MAY-bun, MAY-bone, MAH-boon, or MAH-bawn) marks the Second Harvest, the end of the grain harvest (which begun at Lughnasadh), and rests on the Autumn Equinox. The Equinox mirrors dwindling of life (and eventual progression to rebirth), as well as the struggle for balance; day and night are equal for a single day. Various other names for this Lesser Wiccan Sabbat are The Second Harvest Festival, Wine Harvest, Feast of Avalon, Equinozio di Autunno (Strega), Alben Elfed (Caledonii), or Cornucopia. At the Autumn Equinox we all take a moment to pay our respects to the impending dark. We also give thanks to the waning sunlight, as we store our harvest of this year’s crops. During this festival it is appropriate to wear all of your finery and dine and celebrate in a lavish setting. It is the drawing to and of family as we prepare for the winding down of the year at Samhain. It is a time to finish old business as we ready for a period of rest, relaxation, and reflection. The pagans of antiquity didn’t have the ability to determine astrological positions as we do today. The European peasantry, therefore, celebrated this Sabbat on September 25th; actually, the Celts marked their days from sundown to sundown, so the Mabon celebration actually started on the sundown of our September 24th. Today, with the help of our technology, we can calculate the exact day of the Equinox; the date when the sun enters the sign of Libra, the Balanced Scales, which appropriately fits the Equinox. The Druids call this celebration, Mea’n Fo’mhair, and honor the The Green Man, the God of the Forest, by offering libations to trees. Offerings of ciders, wines, herbs and fertilizer are appropriate at this time. Wiccans celebrate the aging Goddess as she passes from Mother to Crone, and her consort the God as he prepares for death and re-birth. The Teutonic name, Winter Finding, spans a period of time from the Sabbat to Oct. 15th, Winter’s Night, which is the Norse New Year. Mabon Incense Mabon Incense 1 2 parts Frankincense 1 part Myrrh 1 part Pine Resin 1 part Cedar (dried leaves) a few drops of Cedar essential oil Mix all together with your mortar and pestle. Mabon Incense (Oakey) 2 2 parts Frankincense 1 part Sandalwood 1 part Cypress 1 part Juniper 1 part Pine 1/2 part Oakmoss (or a few drops Oakmoss bouquet) 1 pinch pulverized Oak leaf Mabon Incense (spicy) 3 3 parts frankincense 2 parts sandalwood 1 part Benzoin 1 part cinnamon few drops patchouli Mabon Incense (Hibiscus) 4 2 parts Myrrh 2 parts hibiscus 1 part rose petals 1 part sage Mabon Incense 5 2 parts Frankincense 2 parts sandalwood 1 part cypress 1 part juniper 1 part pine 2 or 3 oak leaves Mabon Incense 6 2 parts benzoin 2 parts myrrh 1 part hazel wood 1½ part corn 1½ part red poppy flowers 1½ part cornflower 1½ part ivy Blend together and burn on charcoal. 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