Happy Mabon! Happy Autumn!
Mabon is a Sabbat that occurs at the same time as the Autumnal Equinox. It’s a celebration of harvests, and also referred to as the Witches’ Thanksgiving. Last year I wrote an article about Mabon – read it here. Included there are ideas on decorating, spells, Mabon oil and incense, activities, what to eat, crafts, and places to go. Here are some more ideas for the holiday.
Visit a cider mill or pick apples at the farm
I stopped by Jericho Cider Mill which is on Long Island. While I did not purchase cider, I did buy an apple pie (actually 3 small pies: 2 for my son – apple and apple crumb, and 1 apple crumb for me). If you don’t have a mill nearby, see if there’s an apple orchard you can visit. Check the website pickyourown.com to find locations. If you’re a hiker, there’s a Fall Foliage Map so you can plan when to lace up those boots.
What to do with all those apples: Make applesauce in the crockpot! Peel and core as many apples as you can stand to do (and will fit in the crockpot). Add 1 cup apple cider, 3/4 – 1 cup sugar, and a few tablespoons (I like a lot) of cinnamon, 1 teaspoon of cloves, ginger, and nutmeg. I strongly urge you to use what you like, and maybe go easy on the spices, tasting as it cooks. Cook on Low 6 hours or so. Then mash if needed. If you can’t be bothered (and this is a REALLY easy recipe, but I know…), go to Cracker Barrel and buy their Spiced Apple Butter. Or you can buy it online, if you don’t even want to leave the couch. And that’s okay, too!
Every season I change decor in my home – couch pillows, kitchen curtains and tablecloth or placemats, shower curtain and rugs, blanket or bedspread, flowers (real and not). If I have an appropriate wreath or sign to put on the door or out front, I’ll do that. For Mabon, I’ll concentrate on on apples and mums, with colors in the yellow, orange and deep purple range. Yes, we start to see pumpkins now, but I want to save that for Samhain – Halloween. You’ll see above I incorporate my pinecones with glittered grapevine balls and rocks. I collect rocks from different beaches :). The SISU sign was hand stitched and given to me as a gift. It is the Finnish word for Strength and Determination.
Apple spice tea: Pour apple cider in a mug along with 2 whole cloves, 2 whole allspice and 1 regular tea bag (black tea). Steep for a few minutes.
Spiced coffee: I know most of you have a Keurig or equivalent, but if you make yours the old fashioned way using ground coffee, add some cinnamon and cardamon to the grounds before brewing.
Candy corn jello shots: If you like a little buzz in your evenings, abeautifulmess.com tells how to make jello shots that looks just like candy corn – and taste so yummy!
Mabon Tarot spread – wear Amethyst or Topaz while reading
- Gratitude – where you’ve been
- Grounding – where are you now
- Goals – where you want to go
- Concentration – what do you need in order to succeed
- Obstacles – what to watch out for
- Aide – who will help you
- Accomplishment – of goals or wishes: either way, yes or no.