The Autumn Equinox, or Mabon (pronounced May-bon, May-bun, Mah-bon or Mah-bawn).
This is the time of year when day and night are equal and we celebrate the coming dark of Winter, give thanks to the sunlight as it prepares to descend and prepare or store out harvest from the crops of the year.
In Druidic traditions Mabon is known as "Mea'n Fo'mhair" and the Green Man is honored as the God of the Forest. Wiccan traditions include celebrating the Mother Goddess as she transitions from Mother to Crone, along with the Father God as he prepares for death and re-birth over the coming months.
Mabon is also known as the Second Harvest and often in the Northern Hemisphere as Cornucopia.
Mabon Altars are adorned with fall leaves and colours of gold, brown, orange, yellow, red and olive green. Vines, grapes, pinecones, corn, apples, pomegranates, seeds and wine are traditionally used to decorate the Altar and Sacred Space. You may also like to include the first fruits and flowers of the Season, and/or the last of Summer.
Rituals and Spellwork to do with letting go, completion and balance including working to create balance within your own self and in all aspects of your life. It is also a time of giving thanks for all you have and are yet to receive.
Symbols: Autumn leaves, bark, wine, pine cones, acorns, grains, corn, apples, pomegranates, vines such as ivy, dried seeds, and horns of plenty.
Herbs & Incense: Benzoin, frankincense, honeysuckle, marigold (calendula), milkweed, myrrh, passionflower, rose, sage, sandalwood, solomon's seal, tobacco, thistle.
Foods: Breads, nuts, apples, pomegranates, grapes, vegetables such as potatoes, carrots, and onions, pumpkins.
Colors: All Autumn colours, shades of red, brown and gold.
Animals: Blackbird, Butterfly, Dog, Eagle, Hawk,Owl, Pig, Salmon, Snake, Stag, Swallow, Swan, Turkey Vulture, Wolf, Dragons.
Crystals: Amber, Carnelian, Tiger Eye, Imperial Topaz, brown & yellow Agates.
Activities: Making wine, gathering dried herbs, plants, seeds and seed pods, walking in the woods, scattering offerings in harvested fields, offering libations to trees, adorning burial sites with leaves, acorns, and pine cones to honor those who have passed over.
Spellwork: Protection, prosperity, security, and self-confidence. Also those of harmony and balance.
Deities: Dionysus, Bacchus (all wine Gods), The Mother aspect of the Triple Goddess, Gaia, Persephone, Thor, Modron, Morgan, Epona, Lilith, Pamona, Mabon, Thoth, Hermes, Hotei, Green Man, Horned God, All Harvest Deities and all Ageing Deities.
Image Source: Mabon Altar, found on Pinterest, Main Image Thoughtco.com, Leaves Border from clipart