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MARTINE ALEXIS CLAIRVOYANCE

THE WHEEL OF THE YEAR

Here I feature ways to mark and celebrate The Wheel Of The Year. Read how the most primal and ancient traditions still connect to our 21st Century lives

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The Wheel Of The Year

Mabon/ Autumn Equinox

September 22nd


In the Northern Hemisphere, the Autumn Equinox occurs when the sun crosses the equator on it’s journey southward, and our day and night are of equal length. Up until the time of Mabon, the hours of daylight have been longer than the hours of night. From now on, it’s the reverse. On this day, though, nature, light and dark are all in balance. Mabon celebrates being on this point of balance.


On the Wheel of the Year, Mabon is traditionally the time of rest and celebration after the hard work of gathering in the crops. Warm autumn days give way to the cooler nights, as the Sun God fades away. The passing of the Sun God is inevitable and it makes us remember that all things must come to an end. So as the Sun God journeys into the lands of winter we need to celebrate our successes, remember any harder life lessons and give thanks to what and who has helped us. We, too, are part of this eternal balance of life

This is also our time to reap what we have sown. This happens literally, by our physical harvesting of the bounty of the land, to eat and to store.  We also harvest metaphorically, by giving thanks for all the good things that have happened in our lives so far. This is a time to look back not just on your past year, but on your whole life, and to plan for the future. Mabon is the perfect time to finish up projects and plans and then plant the seeds for new enterprises and changes.


Mabon is also such a wonderful time to gather together and enjoy sharing the good foods of this season with your friends and family to celebrate the Harvest. Even if you choose the solitary path of celebration, you can enjoy the delicious food of this time of year by preparing a lovely meal for yourself or by displaying colourful food and flora on a Mabon altar.

Items to include on your Mabon food altar or at your celebration feast will differ depending on where you live, and when you’re celebrating. Typically, though, the Autumn Equinox here in the Northern Hemisphere is generally good for any of the following foods:

Fruits- apples, grapes and berries. Nuts- such as hazelnuts and pecans. Grains like corn, maize, and wheat. Vegetables such as tomatoes, peppers, potatoes, carrots. Pulses and squashes – especially butternut squash and pumpkins.


Before you enjoy the delicious Mabon feast you’ve prepared, here’s a prayer you could say as you bless the food on your table. You can light Mabon candles as you do this – yellow, orange or red to honour the dying of The Sun, black to welcome the darker nights, green to honour the bounty and prosperity of the harvest and brown to honour The Earth.

A Mabon Prayer

Harvest is here

The light dims and the land sleeps once more

We gather to honour the bounty of The Earth

On our table and in our hearts and lives

We give eternal thanks to the God and the Goddess

Blessed Be.



A Mabon Ritual of Letting Go

As the Sun God prepares to journey into the lands of Winter it's also a time for us to prepare. We can look back and celebrate our successes, remember any harder life lessons and give thanks to what and who helped us. We, too, are part of this eternal balance of life. It's time for us too, to let go of the old and prepare for the new. 


Here's a ritual I like to perform each Mabon to embody this.

First, I gather up some leaves that have fallen from the trees. At this time of year I like to work with the Oak leaves. Give your thanks to the trees for the gift of these leaves. Once you've done this, take the leaves and place them where they can dry out. 

On the morning of Mabon, take out your leaves and as you think of each thing, select a single leaf to represent it. You can work even further in this way by mentally attaching a symbol to each of the the leaves or physically making a mark on each one that represent the issues to you. As you hold each leaf, consider the circumstances around each issue, what led to it, and consider what you might have done differently or how your own behaviour may have contributed to them.


Now hold each dried leaf in turn, take slow deep breaths and focus on what you can do better to help you avoid these regrets in the future. Hold your leaf up to the God and The Goddess and ask that this particular problem be taken from you and healed – for the good of all and with harm to none. Crush each leaf in your hand as you make this invocation.

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Gather the leaves and cast them away. You can cast them into the water – the sea or a river, as moving water is best for this. You can burn them away in an Autumn Equinox fire or bonfire or you can cast them to the winds, to blow away forever…..

Have a wonderful and bountiful Mabon and wishing you Autumn Equinox blessings!

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