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Last year at Mabon we were suffering a terrible drought here in the Hill Country. We did get some rain that fall. Too late for growing season, but it helped the trees and other plants survive the winter. Spring showers were plentiful enough to put the whole countryside in beautiful bloom! Summer was dry, but not nearly as brutal as 2011.

This year as I write these words, one week before Mabon of 2012, we have received over 5” of rain since yesterday evening. We had once more been in dire need of that rain, so it has come as a true blessing. The healthier the trees are right now, the more beautiful will be the turning of the leaves this Autumn.

One way I will be celebrating the Autumn Equinox is by sharing good food and great conversation at a Fall Potluck Supper I have planned for September 21
st an Activity at the Top of the Hill RV Resort where I work. Planning the Fall & Winter Themed Potluck Suppers is becoming a favorite part of my job. No matter what path anyone walks, sharing good food and great company with others of different paths is wonderful way for people to get together and discover underneath it all, we are more alike than different. Especially when it comes to good food.
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Mabon
Autumn Equinox, 2nd Harvest, September 21st

Mabon, (pronounced MAY-bun, MAY-bone, MAH-boon, or MAH-bawn) 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. We also give thanks to the waning sunlight, as we store our harvest of this year's crops. The Druids call this celebration, Mea'n Fo'mhair, and honor the The Green Man, the God of the Forest, by offering libations to trees. Offerings of ciders, wines, herbs and fertilizer are appropriate at this time. Wiccans celebrate the aging Goddess as she passes from Mother to Crone, and her consort the God as he prepares for death and re-birth.

Various other names for this Lesser Wiccan Sabbat are The Second Harvest Festival, Wine Harvest, Feast of Avalon, Equinozio di Autunno (Strega), Alben Elfed (Caledonii), or Cornucopia. The Teutonic name, Winter Finding, spans a period of time from the Sabbat to Oct. 15th, Winter's Night, which is the Norse New Year.

At this festival it is appropriate to wear all of your finery and dine and celebrate in a lavish setting. It is the drawing to and of family as we prepare for the winding down of the year at Samhain. It is a time to finish old business as we ready for a period of rest, relaxation, and reflection.

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Mabon Lore

Autumn Equinox, around September 21, is the
time of the descent of the Goddess into the
Underworld. With her departure, we see the
decline of nature and the coming of winter.
This is a classic, ancient mythos, seen the
Sumerian myth of Inanna and in the ancient
Greek and Roman legends of Demeter and
Persephone.

In September, we also bid farewell to the
Harvest Lord who was slain at Lammas. He is
the Green Man, seen as the cycle of nature in
the plant kingdom. He is harvested and his
seeds are planted into the Earth so that life
may continue and be more abundant.

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Mabon, the Autumn Equinox
The leaves begin to turn from green to brilliant reds and yellows, animals start to migrate, and the harvest is underway by the time of the autumn equinox. Celebrate Mabon on September 21 with rituals, mythology, craft projects, and magic!

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