Mabon, also known as the fall equinox, is celebrated in late September. This celebration marks the middle of the harvest cycle when the days and nights are of equal length.
In ancient times, the fall equinox was the second harvest where the bounty was used to sustain life throughout the coming winter. It was a time of giving thanks and celebrating life, but it was also a time for letting go and remembering the dead.
Mabon is a festival for reaping what you have sown, a time to give thanks to Mother Earth for the bounty she provides, and a time to rest after bringing in the crops. With the dwindling of the sun, the equinox marks a moment of balance before the wheel of the year progresses towards the dark and once again rebirth.
Mabon Solitary Ritual Celebration
Celebrate Mabon or the pagan Fall Equinox in solitary at home or with your coven. As the days shrink, they remind us of those things we would like to be rid of. Use this opportunity to focus on releasing things that are no longer of need to you.
What you’ll need
1 candle (red, maroon, or deep brown)
1 incense stick (such as cinnamon, frankincense, or sage)
Leaves that are large enough to write on
Lighter or matches
How to perform the ritual
- Organize the candle and leaves upon your altar. This ritual can be performed inside or outside, but outside is preferred.
- Take a deep breath and relax.
- Light the incense and candle.
- Take a moment to write things you would like to be rid of or release from your life on the leaves. Write one thing on each leaf.
- If this is a solitary ritual, read the leaf aloud and then say, “Be gone!”. Crush each leaf in your hands and allow the shreds to be carried off by the wind.
If this is a group ritual, have each person read what they would like to let go of and then the circle repeats it in union with the addition of the words, “Be gone!”
- Meditate for a few minutes. When you’re ready, blow out the candle as you say thanks.
- Follow safety guidelines. Read Candle Safety.
- 🖨️ Scroll down to find a printable version of this page.
If you don’t have some of the ingredients, you can still do this ritual at home, for example using any incenses that you have or burning a white tealight candle.
Book of Shadows Printable Page
This PDF version comes with a transparent background so you can print it on any kind of printer-friendly parchment paper.
More Ways to Celebrate Mabon! 🍇
It is an ideal time to let go of everything that is old and useless in our homes, and in our lives. A great time for a haircut, deep cleaning, giving things away, and moving forward.
You can write down on a piece of paper everything that has been weighing you down, then break it into pieces and burn it on Mabon’s night.
Goddess of agriculture and harvest, she presides over grains and the fertility of the earth.
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