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Celebrating Mabon

History of Mabon

Mabon is the pagan celebration of the autumn equinox and one of the harvest festivals celebrated throughout the year. Summer has officially ended in the northern hemisphere and the days are once again the same length of time as night. Days and nights having the same hours symbolizes balance and unity during this time. During this time of the second harvest of the year, hearty foods such as pumpkins and other gords and apples are ready to be collected and shared in a great feast of abundance. 

The sabbat Mabon is named in the 1970’s after a Welsh God, the son is the Goddess who we celebrated to be heavy with child during the summer solstice. I don’t know about you but I found it interesting that the sabbat, along with the two holidays honoring the equinoxes, were named so recently. You can read more about that on this blog post written by Katrina Rasbold (https://www.patheos.com/blogs/energymagic/2015/09/mabon/). 

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How I Celebrated

Bake an apple pie

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Of all the foods associated with the fall equinox and the harvest, apples are one of the most iconic. I chose an apple dessert not only because of its symbolism but also its versatility! Apple pie, apple tarts, apple bread. There are so many different ways to celebrate this amazing fruit. 

Decorate my altar 

Apples, fall leaves, acorns, and tiny pumpkins are perfect additions to your altars during this time of year. Since our energies are so intertwined with nature, bringing foods and foliage from the outdoors into your sacred place can help make your meditation place even more special. At least it does for me. Celebrating holidays and sabbats are very personal, so make sure to do what you feel in your heart. 

Make a gratuity list

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Take a moment to look at everything you have to be grateful for. Even the smallest accomplishments and joys should be celebrated. Family, health, food, books, coffee. Whatever helps you not only get through the day, but thrive is deserving of a place on your gratuity list. 

Declutter your home. 

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Pick a room and downsize things you don’t need. Not only is this a good thing to do for your physical home, but also for your soul. It’s not healthy to carry around all this weight and decluttering your home is a great exercise to literally and metaphorically cleanse your space. Closets and the garage are perfect places to start since these areas are mainly used as storage. We did the garage and the hall closet and it felt phenomenal to have gotten rid of things we should have donated years ago. 

Summer Wreath Tutorial

A wreath is such a festive and creative addition to your front door, and not just during the winter time! Wreaths have been used by various cultures since ancient times in southern Europe, primarily Greece and Rome. Modern day wreaths are used to symbolize winter holidays such as Yule and Christmas, the harvest season, and pretty much every holiday in between. I personally love wreaths to symbolize the seasons because it’s one of the first things people see when they approach your home. They are a warm and welcoming way to invite your guests in and show off your creative spirit. 

I change my wreaths up four times a year during spring, summer, fall and winter. Recently, I took the purple and yellow tulips and little bird’s nest with robin’s eggs off my grape vine wreath and replaced them with summer decor.

My Spring theme wreath

While the pre-made wreaths you can get at the store are absolutely stunning, they’re also expensive and not much room for customization. So I opted for a bare, brown vine wreath and every season, I add my own special touch. 

Summertime to me is all about citrus and yellow and orange flowers, so that’s the route I took. The bright colors from the embellishments stand out boldly against the white door of my rental home and are easily seen from the street, so even those who are just driving by can admire my handiwork from afar. 

Supplies you need:

Plain grape vine wreath (Available year round at Michael’s). 

A wreath hanger (I got mine for a few dollars at Wal Mart). 

Decorative flowers and embellishments of your choice

Small floral wire cutters

Floral tape (Optional). 

I trim the decorative flowers so that most of the stem is gone but there is still enough stem left to tuck into the grapevines and hold the flowers into place. You want to make sure the flowers are poked into the wreath snug enough that they don’t fall out or blow away when it gets windy but you also don’t want the stems to stick out the other side of the wreath. You can always use floral tape to help hold them into place, but I’ve never had an issue with sticking the flowers in snug. I stay away from hot gluing the flowers and decor into place because then you can’t reuse the wreath for the next holiday/season. It’s much easier to store a small bag of wreath decorations for each holiday than it is to store an entire wreath for each holiday. I also try to decorate the wreath in quarters rather than bunch everything together. You want your wreath to look full but you also want it to look symmetrical.

Half way there!

Get creative! This is your time to use whatever flowers and additional decor you want! There are all kinds of examples on Pinterest to use for inspiration. You don’t even have to use flowers if you’d rather use a garden hose or ribbon, whatever your heart desires and your brain inspires. 

Finished product

Celebrating Litha

History of Litha

Litha is the celebration of the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. It’s a time to honor our connection to the sun and everything it provides for us living creatures on earth. After the solstice, the days will gradually grow shorter until we reach the fall equinox. Summer is the time to enjoy the warm, extra sunlight and the magic happening all around us. Litha honors the strength of the seeds we plant in the springtime, as we begin to see the fruits of our labor. The Goddess is depicted in the form of the Mother, with child and preparing to give birth during the fall equinox, just as the harvest is ready for gathering. I currently connect to this time on a spiritual level because I can definitely relate to being heavy with a child, waiting for the end of summer to finally give birth. 

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Before I dove in head first, I did my research. I like to be well prepared and well read on a subject before I even attempt to explain it to anyone else. Even though I celebrated the turning of each season and honored pagan traditions on the holidays, I didn’t do it in the name of spirituality, I did it out of habit. Intention is EVERYTHING when it comes to your spiritual path, so this year I decided to make my intentions clear and celebrate Litha for what it represents. 

What I decided to do to honor the solstice 

I decorate my altar with flowers and shells. On the solstice honoring the sun, what better flower to symbolize the occasion than a bright yellow daffodil. Shells are a wholesome reminder of the beach and being in the water is one of the best ways to balance out the heat from the sun during these long days. 

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Read a tarot spread for myself for the season. Having a card reading can be pretty much done any day of the year, but I figured it would be a special way to honor the solstice. It had been months since I did a reading for myself and it was definitely time. 

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Go outside and soak up the sun.  After all, today is all about honoring that massive star up in the sky. I put on some sunscreen and laid out in the heat with a massive cup of peach iced tea. Humans, just like all living things on the earth’s surface, thrive and grow with some warmth from the sun. It’s amazing how rejuvenated you feel after lying out in the sunlight for a bit, kind of like recharging your spiritual batteries. 

Bake a lemon tart. Citrus is one of the many food correspondence with Litha, and lemon is a personal favorite in my house. What better way to honor the solstice than with a delicious and refreshing treat. 

Many of the items on my Summer Bucket List blog (https://mysticquill.com/2020/06/17/summer-bucket-list/) are a celebration of Litha as well, but I wanted to do something special for the day of the solstice while honoring the season all through the summer months. Celebrating holidays is a great way to boost your happiness and make specific times of the year special for your loved ones. Everything we do for the holidays is just as much for our children and family as it is for ourselves. Even though October through December are considered to be “the holidays”, there are many days throughout the year we can make special and honor nature.