As Mabon is the witch’s day of thanksgiving, this is simple way of giving thanks, counting blessings and vowing to share our bounty with others:
What you need:
A candle and something to light it with – candles in oranges, browns, rusty reds or gold are nice, but a white candle always works in a pinch. A fall scented candle would work as well: cinnamon, pumpkin spice – whatever makes you feel the season!
A drink and a snack: Again, fall inspired things are nice if you have them on hand: leaf shaped cookies, fresh bread, a pumpkin or apple muffin – or just a nice fresh apple! Drinks can be anything from apple cider, herbal tea to a cold glass of water (it’ll be almost 90 today here, so that sounds good to me!)
Optional: paper and pen, your cauldron or another heat proof dish
What to do:
Sit with your ritual items when you find a quiet moment. Center yourself and take a few deep, cleansing breaths. Think about the season passing and the one to come. Think of the abundance that you’ve received and worked hard to obtain. Light the candle and say the following (or words of your own creation):
I light this candle to honor the season and to give thanks for the abundance in my life. I strive to remember these blessings and give thanks for them throughout the entire year. I strive to remember to share those blessings with others not as fortunate as I am, even when I have little to share. I express my gratitude to the Lord and Lady for all my blessings this Mabon, and give thanks for all those blessings that will come to me this glorious fall season. So Mote it be!
If you have the time or desire, write down your blessings and a few words of thanks on the paper. When it’s just the way you want it, fold it into a small square, light it on fire on your lit candle and place it in your cauldron, to send off your thanks into the universe. (Never leave fire unattended and keep away from children and pets!). Have your drink and snack, leaving a bit to put outside as an offering if you choose to do so. Snuff out your candle and have a blessed Mabon season!
Get the kids involved: Purchase a large piece of posterboard and on it draw or paint a tree with many stretching branches. Using fall colored construction paper, cut out leaf shapes (about 40 per child) or purchase some from your local craft store. On the day of the Fall Equinox, start them off telling something that they were grateful for that day. Have them write (or write for them) it on a leaf and glue or tape it to the tree. Repeat each day until Samhain.
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