Tuesday, September 10, 2013
How to Set up a Mabon Altar
Mabon, is the Autumn Equinox. The Autumn Equinox divides the day and night equally, and we all take a moment to pay our respects to the impending dark. for there can be no Light without Darkness so we must embrace both light and dark, The Druids call this celebration, Mea'n Fo'mhair, and honor the The Green Man, the God of the Forest, by offering gifts to trees.
to set up a Mabon Altar is not expensive or Hard
a Basic Altar is just a Table size does not matter
Candles Red, Gold, Brown, Orange Size of Candle does not matter I use votive candles
Nuts All Types
Apples all Types
Grapes / Wine
Statue or Symbol of your Deity as everyone is Different use the symbols and deity you are most comfortable with.
Leaves, Twigs/ branches
Feathers ( Note make sure they are not from Endangered Birds )
Symbol of Male such as a Claw or Bone or Phallic symbol
Incense best kind is Autumn Blends-Cinnamon ,benzoin, Apple, myrrh, and sage.
Set up your Altar keep your Bread on the Right side this symbolizes the Life force as Bread is Life
keep your nuts which symbolize the Soul or Ki next to the bread
Fruit should go on the middle or the left this symbolizes the Female life energy
Some people like to spell out symbols with the fruit and nuts to each his or her own
The Keys are Vadora's and they represent Hecate Doorway as she Guards the Gates to the next world
Remember this is no Wrong way to do this you can set them up anyway you want
all that truly matters is your intention and your energy you put into it
now foods that would spoil such as Grapes save that for the Day of Mabon
other fruits like Apples keep them away from other fruits for Apples give off a gas that can make food spoil or ripen quickly After you are done with your altar light the candles and say a Blessing or prayer.of your choice,
a Simple Offering is make some bread ( this is your offering )
Light a candle and say the following
Lord and Lady ( insert name ) I thank you, I welcome you
Bless and honor my home with your presence
We have so much before us as we look to our past year
and see how we are thankful.
Lord and Lady ( insert name) I thank you for your blessings this year and for this we are thankful.
I offer this ( Hold up Bread ) to you ( hold hands up over head )
For all that is bad, there is good.
For all that falls, there is the chance to rise again.
May we find balance in our lives
as we find it in our hearts.
to the Lord and Lady ( Insert name ) who watch over us,
I make this offering to you, my Body is thy Vessel
( Consume the bread with Sip of Wine )
Meditate a moment
I thank you for your Wisdom and Strength Lord ( insert name )
I thank you for your Love and Passion Goddess ( Insert name )
Let everyone be blessed as we are this day.
Burn Candles and Incense leave your offerings on your Altar, then after 24 hours take the offering outside to place of nature and offer it to animals such as birds or Squirrels or other animals.
Deities of Mabon
The Morrigan, Persephone( in some traditions she is called Kore ) , Demeter, Hecate, Kali, Thoth,Dionysus / Bacchus, Snake Woman, Epona, Pamona, and the Muses. Mabon, Inanna, Tammuz, Ishtar, Ashtoreth, Durga, Mithra, Freya, Freyr, Hermes, , Hotei. Thor, Hermes, Cerrunnos, Pan, Gaia, Herne the Hunter and The Green Man. there may be more depending on your Traditions
May the Lord and Lady bless you all with lots of prosperity, and a plentiful Second Harvest!