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This entry will cover the Autumn Equinox / Mabon ritual and celebration for the pagan and Wiccan group Circle of Open Traditions!
I recently posted a full entry with extra images and a detailed description of the altar I put together for the Autumn Equinox. If you haven't seen it, head over to that blog entry by clicking here.
The focus of the evening was the meal. As the second harvest, we give thanks for a bounty before us. Our bounty consisted of the following:
Of course, the theme of the night was also apples, and apple symbolism was everywhere, including on the table.
After dinner, we had the ceremonial lighting of the altar.
Afterward, we then proceeded to the spiritual room. As I'm sure you've noticed by now, it's pretty clear that I've moved. We no longer rent a house, but rather an apartment. We have a full room dedicated to spirituality and religion and this holiday was the first time opening the circle in it! It seems only fitting, as the Autumn Equinox is also the Circle of Open Tradition's one year anniversary!
Being the equinox - the day where day and night are balanced - the ritual strives for balance as well. The first objective of the night was to light a black candle and state one thing you're releasing from your life.
The second objective is to light one white candle and state one thing that you are thankful for in your life.
We then passed around an apple. Each person took one bite of the apple and states one thing they would like to draw into their lives in the upcoming year, such as motivation or a new job.
We then proceeded to the full moon esbat. September is the Harvest Moon, so we created small herb pouches for our kitchen altars to bring prosperity. The Harvest Moon is also the last full moon we will celebrate until the Witch's New Year. Because of this, we completed a short worksheet that helped us outline a few goals we would like to achieve in the next year.
Of course, every esbat ritual involves a little wine and bread as representation of the fruitfulness of the earth and the universe.
At that point, our ritual was complete. We returned to the corners to release them...
... and released the circle as well with a hearty "Blessed Be!"
After the celebration had concluded, I allowed the candles from the ritual to burn out on their own.
And that concludes our Autumn Equinox celebration!
From my family to yours, have a blessed Mabon!