Mabon is a special pagan holiday for the equinox, the day that is halfway between the two solstices; it is a time of equilibrium when light and dark are the same and astronomically it starts autumn.
It is celebrated at the end of the most tiring period of the year in which the second harvest is made. The productive and reproductive cycle is over, the leaves begin to turn yellow and the animals begin to stock up in anticipation of the cold months.
Generally, the hunting season begins. It is time to take stock: we have under our eyes what we have sown during the year and we can see what fruits we have reaped.
During this period and the plowing of the fields, a large number of local and regional rites were carried out with the common denominator of thanksgiving and the suppliant prayer of meekness for the difficult season to come.
Honoring and celebrating Mabon with brown and orange. Why is that?
Brown is the typical color of the earth and of the trunk of trees: it represents love for one’s origins, stability, prudence, patience, and tenacity.
This color creates a comfortable and reassuring environment and, if we observe nature at this moment, we can see how well it is combined with colors such as red, yellow, and orange.
So I recommend that you go and collect some elements of this shade from wood and I invite you to observe all the other colors around to get ideas for possible combinations.
Meanwhile orange symbolizes light, purity, imagination, creativity, and wisdom. The ocher color is associated with the concept of strength and royalty, so much so that at the time of the Egyptians it was used to decorate sacred monuments and tombs. Used at home, it revives rooms as it transmits warmth and liveliness and gives a welcoming and elegant touch.
I am sure that during walks in a park you will find some ocher leaves!
A practical use of these colors
Mabon is considered a time of mystery. It is time to honor the elder gods and the Spirit. The deities are thanked for their gifts, wishing the future return of abundance for the following years, reminding us to leave a part of our banquet for the Earth and its creatures.
Preparing a banquet
Everything edible we put on Mabon’s table to adorn it and what is leftover from the banquet will be brought outdoors and offered to animals and birds as a further sign of thanks to the Great Mother Earth who bestowed her gifts on us.
The table, set with autumn-colored tablecloths and napkins, with red or brown candles, can be decorated with dried herbs, chestnuts, walnuts, blackberries, acorns, corn, sunflower flowers, and autumn leaves.
Oatmeal, almonds, and wine biscuits should also be on your altar to thank your ancestors.
Cooking and baking
Traditional dishes are wheat bread, beans, potatoes, and baked zucchini.
Making a bonfire
The fire is lit with fallen leaves that are collected in the garden.
Decorating the altar
Decorate the altar with wheat, oak twigs, pine and cypress cones, corn on the cob, ears of wheat, and other fruits and nuts. Also prepare a small rustic basket, filled with dried leaves of various colors and types.
Arrange the altar, light the candles and incense and create a Stone Circle. Another idea is creating a basket of zucchini or small pumpkins, colored leaves, acorns, vines, bunches of grapes, or blueberries. You will also need a couple of orange candles to symbolize the harvest, a cup of cider or wine, and an apple.