Welcome to Mabon Week! I have been inspired to share my celebrations of the Wheel of the Year, offering information, thoughts and even ideas for projects or activities that embrace the Magick of the season. As always, remember that your spiritual path is sacred and unique – there is no wrong way to practice, so I encourage you to continue your own research, and adapt any suggestions to suit you and your personal needs and comfort level. That said, let’s get to it!
In many Pagan circles, Mabon is the second harvest festival, falling in alignment with the Autumnal Equinox. It hasn’t always borne this name, and was commonly known as Harvest Home, Winter Finding and Mea’n Fo’mhair. Eventually, the festival was Christianized and renamed Michaelmas, after the Archangel Michael. The title of Mabon is a modern addition to this tradition, although this doesn’t detract from the origins, beauty and magick of the season. A rose by any other name, would still smell as sweet, as it were.
Over the years of my Pagan path, I have learned that gratitude is a common thread that weaves through nearly every aspect of this spiritual calling; the Wheel of the Year includes three harvest festivals, each offering the opportunity for giving thanks, counting your blessings, generosity, gathering with family, and pausing to recognize the abundance that surrounds you.
Personally, I see this time as the threshold of the Shadow Season, when the energies are ideal for shadow work and deep healing. Mabon is ideal for shedding the burdens you’ve been carrying, and to make shifts that will invite positive new energies into your life. Just as the trees drop their leaves, and allow themselves to stand bare and beautiful against the chill of the winds of change, you can also release old habits, behaviors, beliefs, relationships or things that are no longer supporting your personal growth and well-being. Give yourself permission to be vulnerable, rely on your inner strength and stand proud through the coming time of stillness, trusting that the sunshine will return. Rest and turn inward, preparing yourself for renewal in the future.
May you find much peace and inspiration as you welcome the beauty of Mabon