Celebrate Mabon with a Meditation Ritual

Mabon marks the autumn equinox, the point in the year when night and day are of equal length. From here on, the nights are longer than the days and we honour the darkness. During the dark side of the year, we turn our focus inward for a period of introspection. It’s the perfect time to look deep within and decide what path you will take over the coming months.

I love to update my altar for each Sabbat, and Mabon is no exception! For this holiday, you might include some of the following:

  • Red, brown, orange, green, or black candles
  • Skulls or bones
  • Harvest foods, such as root vegetables, corn, and pumpkins
  • Brightly coloured fallen leaves
  • Feathers
  • Photos or writings of past loved ones and ancestors
  • Crystals, including onyx, amethyst, carnelian, azurite, or lapis lazuli

When you’re satisfied with your altar, prepare yourself by bathing, either in your tub or with a mindful shower. Ritual bathing prepares you to make magick and enter sacred space.

Mabon Meditation Ritual

You will need:

When you're prepared, sit at your altar or set up a sacred space outdoors. Anoint yourself with your essential oil perfume and cast a circle, if your tradition does so.

Mabon is the second of the three harvest festivals, following Lammas and preceding Samhain. At Lammas, we lit three candles, and if you saved yours, you should use the same trio now. Place the azurite and lapis lazuli between the candles to help you peer through the veil, and deepen your meditation. 

Light two of the candles, and acknowledge that the light of the third has already passed. We move deeper into the darkness until the light is reborn at the winter solstice.

If you choose to use cannabis in your ritual, do so now. We recommend Northern Lights for Mabon, as it is a wonderful strain for relaxing the mind and to enhance reflection and meditation. When you’ve finished consuming it in your chosen way, take the three coins into your left hand. Cover them with your right hand as you gaze softly at the two lit candles, and center your mind. You may want to continue to gaze at the flames or close your eyes to meditate. Do whatever feels right as you consider what you have completed this year.

This is your personal harvest. What would you like to bring in more of next year? What would you rather see less of? Take some time to think about what you can do over the next cycle to get there. When you have considered what you have, focus on what you are grateful for. Think of three things you are grateful for, big or small. Imagine that you are pouring that gratitude into the coins in your hands. See them filled with glowing, golden energy. When you are done, keep them apart from your other change, but carry them with you. Give them to charities or people in need as you go about your days, as your ritual offering.

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