Mystic magic: Happy Mabon!
Grace Cavanaugh ~ Editor in Chief
Mabon is coming up on Sept. 21!
Mabon is one of the eight pagan/Wiccan sabbats, which means they are holidays that witches celebrate. Mabon itself celebrates the end of summer on the autumnal equinox, and it is considered the mid-harvest festival.
For this particular article, I decided to do some research, and landed on the Boston Public Library (BPL). According to them, Mabon is far from the first harvest festival. “In the 1700s, the Bavarians began a festival that starts in the last week of September. They called this festival Oktoberfest.”
The website continued, “Many cultures see the second harvest (after the first harvest Lammas) and equinox as a time for giving thanks. This time of year is when farmers know how well their summer crops did, and how well fed their animals have become.”
“The name Mabon comes from the Welsh god, who was the son of the Earth Mother goddess. However, there is evidence that the name was adopted in the 1970s, and the holiday was not originally a Celtic celebration,” so said the BPL.
Another research source, HolidaysCalendar.com, said, “Although there had been a variety of different harvest festivals all over the world and all through time, the Wheel of the Year is somewhat of a modern creation that uses traditional pagan imagery. In the past, pagan traditions have always observed equinoxes, solstices and cross-quarter days. That is because they were important for agricultural purposes and were, therefore, important to a society’s survival. However, none of them have used as many as the modern Wheel of the Year. It combines several different sacred times from many different cultures.”
As for celebration of Mabon, according to HolidaysCalendar, there are plenty of things you can do for celebration. You can decorate with the different colors of the harvest, with yellows, oranges, reds, and browns. You can also incorporate different symbols, which “includes horns of plenty, ivy vines, pine cones, gourds, apples, dried seed and pomegranates.”
You can also have a feast, something akin to Thanksgiving, as well as go apple picking, taking a walk in the woods, or getting arts-and-crafty with some of the Mabon symbols.
Even if you do not celebrate Mabon, the weather is turning and it feels wonderful outside. Get some socially distanced friends, or better yet your housemates, and take a trip to a pumpkin patch or apple orchard. Start putting up Halloween decorations early. Enjoy a cup of tea or pumpkin coffee. Have a good time, because midterms are nearly here and the end of the semester is coming up fast.