MabonSeptember 13, 2020
Mabon is one of eight Pagan Sabbats, named after the Celtic Sun God Mabon. This is a time to celebrate the end of harvest, and to give thanks for the things we have.
Autumn Equinox is what I call the ‘autumn same day’ – a powerful balance between light and dark, and where the day and night are equal. This marks the coming of the winter, and the days growing shorter and the nights growing longer. It is a time of transition.
You should decorate your altar with harvest items. This could be apples, blackberries, or damsons for example. If you can’t gather them yourself, then supermarket fruits will be just as good. You can also make an outdoor shrine if you like, to give thanks to nature for the bounty.
A symbol of Mabon is the apple, which has a special place in in our work as when cut it reveals five points. These represent the elements of Earth, Fire, Air, Water with Spirit at the top. If you are like me, then you will be gathering lots of apples for preserving and use over the winter months. We love apples in our family and always have hand collected apples, either in the fridge or chopped up and cooked in the freezer.
A simple spell you can try when you are cutting up apples you have gathered. Select a whole apple, and place the knife at the top of the apple and close your eyes. Make a wish and cut through the apple, so that it is cut into two halves. If the knife has cut any of the seeds in half, then your wish will come true.
One of my favorite things to do with apples during Mabon is to make an apple crumble. I always call this ‘Crumble Season’, because it isn’t just apples, but a whole host of other fruits collected over the last few weeks – pears, damsons, sloes, rose hips, elderberries, blackberries, hawthorn berries.
My Crumble Recipe
180g butter (either salted or unsalted)
180g caster sugar
180g plain flour
Chop as many apples (or whatever fruit you want to substitute with) as you like and put them into your crumble dish.
Sprinkle some ordinary sugar over the apples. This will be to your taste. If you are using desert or red apples you may not need this sugar at all, but is you are using Bramley apples you will need to add a little sugar.
Half a teaspoon cinnamon sprinked over the chopped apple.
Put the flour, caster sugar and butter into a bowl and mix together with your hands, giving thanks for everything your have. When done, the mixture should be crumbly when separated, but should stick if you clump it together.
Sprinkle the crumble mixture on top of the fruit and place in the oven at 180 degrees for about 40 minutes, or until you can see the crumble looking good enough to eat!
Mabon begins on Monday, 21 September, and ends on Tuesday, 29 September.