Mabon, the Sabbat (hallowed cross quarter) of the Autumnal Equinox, is the second harvest of three (Lugnassad, Mabon, Samhain) in Pagan traditions. It is celebrated toward the end of the month of September, after the shift is made from Virgo to Libra. The equinox is a time of balance; the light and darkness of Mabon's day and night are equal.
Mabon embodies the earth's waning life - leaves begin to fall and plants are ready to be harvested. The full moon closest to the Autumn Equinox is appropriately named the Harvest Moon (or sometimes the Barley Moon) and farmers would harvest their crops by moonlight as a part of the second harvest celebration. Mabon is a great time to perform kitchen magick: apples are picked, fruits and vegetables are canned, and breads are baked as we prepare for the cold months ahead. Food is prepared with care while being imbued with harvest spells and good blessings to carry us through the winter.
The air becomes crisp as we begin spending more time at home with family, and we are thankful for this year's bountiful harvest. We are entering the waning time of the year when we begin to look inward and reflect upon our lives. 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.
Happy Mabon from Handfastings Magazine!