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Setting up your Mabon Altar

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Setting up your Mabon Altar

PostAuthor: Tylluan » Tue Sep 20, 2011 8:04 pm

Mabon is the time when we celebrate the second part of the harvest. This Sabbat is about the balance between light and dark, with equal amounts of day and night. Try some or even all of these ideas - obviously, space may be a limiting factor for some, but use what calls to you most.

Colours of the Season:

The leaves have begun to change, so reflect the colors of autumn in your altar decorations. Use yellows, oranges, reds and browns. Cover your altar with cloths that symbolise the harvest season, or go a step further and put brightly coloured fallen leaves upon your work surface. Use candles in deep, rich colours - reds, golds, or other autumn shades are perfect this time of year.

Symbols of the Harvest:

Mabon is the time of the second harvest, and the dying of the fields. Use corn, sheafs of wheat, squash and root vegetables on your altar. Add some tools of agriculture if you have them - scythes, sickels, and baskets.

A Time of Balance:

Remember, the equinoxes are the two nights of the year when the amount of light and darkness are equal. Decorate your altar to symbolize the aspect of the season. Try a small set of scales, a yin-yang symbol, a white candle paired up with a black one - all are things which represent the concept of balance.

Other Symbols of Mabon:

Wine, vines and grapes
Apples, cider, and apple juice
Ears of corn
Gods' Eyes
Corn dolls
Mid-autumn vegetables, like squashes and gourds
Seeds, seed pods, nuts in their shells
Baskets, symbolising the gathering of crops
Statuary of deities symbolising the changing seasons
May your summers and winters be short, springs be mild and autumn reaping plentiful.

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Re: Setting up your Mabon Altar

PostAuthor: Helen » Fri Sep 07, 2012 4:03 pm

It's been such a wet summer here. Some of the crops have been dreadful, and the fruit and vegtables in my garden did badly.
But I shall still celebrate - does anyone have any suggestions of ways to make this equinox a more meaningful ritual?

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