Monday, September 11, 2017

5 (More) Ways to Celebrate Mabon


Ahh Mabon! The season when bright orange pumpkins begin to pop up in stores. Sweet apple pies become a downright necessity. Cinnamon-laced coffee feels like a caffeinated hug. The weather dips to a crisp 90*.

Err....if you're stuck in the desert. One thing this New England native will never understand is women who wear Uggs in 90*, which is a common autumn staple in this not-so-autumn-like land. Listen, I get that fuzzy boots are cute and the calendar says September, but it's flipping 90*. Take your hipster scarf back into Starbucks and make that pumpkin latte iced, mmmkay?

Whew, got a little heated there. A thousand apologies. That's what happens when you drop Celtic blood into BFE, New Mexico. Fortunately, this is my LAST Mabon in the Southwest. Oh, that's right! Your days are numbered, hot September! *she yelled, shaking her fist at a befuddled cresote bush*

Meanwhile, back on planet Earth...

Considered the first day of autumn, Mabon is the fall equinox, meaning daylight and darkness are in balance. And while the equinox can fall anywhere between the 20th-23rd, this year Mabon lands on the 22nd. Mark your calendars and get the pumpkins ready, my friend! 

If you're looking for more information on Mabon, such as appropriate foods and colors, click here to check out last year's five ways to celebrate. They're still relevant and still free, so definitely worth the visit. But if you're looking for five MORE ways to celebrate, I've got you covered!

Welcome in the darkness
As the sun sets on Mabon, we welcome in the darkness of the coming season. Grab a blanket, some lawn chairs, and allow yourself to be fully in the moment as the sun sets this equinox. Once the orange globe has dipped below the horizon, breathe in the darkness of fall and honor the tranquil introspection this season inspires. With tea, of course! ;)

Bring on the cozy!
Having spent the last 15 years in the desert due to my husband's job requirements, what I miss most about autumn is the coziness. Soft sweaters. Knitted throws. Hot drinks. Crisp morning air. Chilly noses on rainy days. 

Envelop yourself in the coziness of autumn. Whether that means decorating your home in autumnal flare, pulling out those sweaters from the cedar chest, lighting a pumpkin-spice candle, or baking a cinnamon-scented apple pie, do something special that puts you in that autumn state of mind. Looking for inspiration? Check out my autumn Pinterest board. It's totally my happy place, so please use coasters! 

Take it in
The best part of autumn is undoubtedly the simplicity. Life seems to slow down just a little, following the graceful dance of nature herself. Take the time to slowdown alongside her. Treat yourself to a pumpkin latte, head over to your favorite park or even your own backyard, and just exist. Watch the passersby as you sip your drink. Observe the colors of autumn, the slight crisp that's beginning to blossom in the air, the chatter of birds as they prepare for winter. Breathe deep. Slow your mind. Just exist. It's something we don't do often enough, but fall is most definitely the time for it!

Find balance
Whether autumnal or vernal, equinoxes are the perfect opportunity to find balance, just like nature! If you've been doing a little too much of anything—eating, working, worrying, whatever!—now is the time to take a step back and evaluate how to change your behavior in favor of a more healthy approach. Remember, anything in excess is damaging. Hell, even drinking too much water will kill you.

I know! Crazy, right?!

If you find it difficult to disconnect from work. If your vice is copious amounts of sugar. If exercise has become obsessive. If spending has exceeded income, take the time to make positive changes. NOT to belittle and berate yourself. NOT to feel guilty and swim among the self-loathing waters. Objectively look at the situation, find a reasonable solution, and make changes. Shame doesn't fix the problem. It's a warning bell that alerts us to the need for change. Nothing more. Take a deep breath of that fresh autumn air and start again. You've got this!

Cinnamon flames
Like tailgating and football, autumn seems to bring out the craving for bonfires and campfires. If you're lighting one up this Mabon, toss in a couple of cinnamon sticks for good luck in the coming season. Plus your backyard will smell heavenly!


Whether you use this time to reflect or to indulge, I hope you have a spectacular Mabon filled with love, coziness, and an extra dash of magick!

Happy Mabon, everyone! 🍁🍂🍏


What's your favorite way to celebrate Mabon? 

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16 comments:

  1. Michaela, I love this post! We have had one hot summer in IL but are blessed to have 4 seasons, and FALL is my favorite. I will be happy for your move - I so get needing cozy weather. You inspired me to light a pumpkin candle and get the woodpile ready for cool weather. I went to church yesterday (the woods) and the smell of drying leaves was intoxicating! AND, gonna meditate on the moderation thing, something I hoped I would achieve by age 40, 50, 60, and now am reaching for age 70. :/ Blessings to you!

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    1. Your comments always make me smile! So glad to hear you enjoyed your time in the woods. Much agreed that drying leaves is intoxicating. I'm pretty sure I'll cry next year when I walk into the woods and meet that long-missed aroma! ♥

      Moderation is definitely a life-long task in mastering! Tea is my vice, and my Irish Breakfast is sitting close beside me on this Monday morning!

      I hope that pumpkin candle brings you lots of cozy bliss! I know you're in a tough place right now and need all the little moments of happiness you can capture! Sending healing love, my friend! ♥

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  2. I always enjoy reading your observation posts :)

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  3. I came to your blog via google image search for Mabon, thank you for sharing your thoughts.

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    1. Thank you for leaving a comment! Hope you have a beautiful Mabon!

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  4. Love, love, love this post, Michaela. Fall is my favorite season, hands down, and reading this has really put me into an autumnal mood :) I live in Northwest Jersey and the trees have already started turning. Fall is early this year and I couldn't be happier. It's *almost* Uggs weather, with temps in the 60's. I'm definitely adding tossing cinnamon sticks into bonfire and watching the sunset with a hot cup of tea to my Mabon plans, which already include a PYO apple orchard trip, baking an apple pie, and a hike in a nature preserve. (no Cresote bushes in sight) Thank you for all your wonderful recommendations!
    P.S. Will you be moving back to New England?

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    1. So glad you're feeling autumnal! It really is a spectacular way to feel, isn't it?! ;)

      Thank you for the Uggs comment. I feel overheated just looking at people sporting those things in 90*! It hit 97* on Mabon here in New Mexico. I drank hot chai in retaliation....

      I miss PYO apples! I hope you had a blast! 🍎

      We WILL be moving back to New England, and I can't tell you how flipping excited that makes me! Not quite sure exactly what part of northern New England at this point, but I can guarantee there will be happy tears and earth hugging and probably a bit of questionable sobbing with a touch of snoogies. I'm going to be the happiest mess anyone has ever seen. My husband grew up in the Southwest (but is VERY eager to leave), so it will be an adventure to say the least! He told me the other day he doesn't need any winter accessories because he has *one* hat and a pair of gloves. My poor, sweet, snow-deprived husband! =P

      Enjoy this blessed, blessed autumn, my fall-loving friend! 🍁

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    2. I had a blast! We ended up doing a moonlight hay ride, flashlight corn maze and pumpkin picking, and then hot apple cider and s'mores by a giant bonfire on Friday night (at a local farm), and a nature walk followed by PYO apple picking on Saturday. In all the excitement, I forgot to toss the cinnamon sticks into the bonfire. I'm saving them for Samhain :) Even my Third Eye Apple pie turned out well :) Although I did get a bit carried away with cinnamon. Nothing a scoop of vanilla ice-cream can't fix.
      I hope you had a blessed Mabon. And yay for moving back to New England. I find myself eyeing that area as well. It really is beautiful.
      P.S. Hot chai is a powerful retaliation tool.

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    3. "P.S. Hot chai is a powerful retaliation tool." HAHAHA! Oh, that struck me as so funny!

      Sounds like an absolutely wonderful time! The only way to get more fall than that is to do it all with a football tucked under your arm! =P

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  5. Michaela, I hope your time off is for something you enjoy! I have been visiting long ago posts and am thoroughly enjoying them. I love your edgy sense of humor - I feel right at home here! I too have friends of different ages - some are very young and some even older than I! Don't like rules much either, and prefer to be alone rather than shut up and fit in. I live in Trumpville and abhor the close mindedness and downright racism, but oh yeah, they ALL are Christians. I have given up attempting to make sense of this. Hugs to you, Peggy

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    1. So glad to hear you're enjoying the older posts! It was nice to be away from electronics for a bit. The paperbacks got a good workout. ;)

      Hope you had a wonderful Mabon! I'm sure you spent it among the trees (which is a very good place to be!).

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  6. Good post, thank you. My favourte are the first 3 ideas. I have knitted in the past but not for ages. I recently got a knitting magazine though, so I'm having a go at making squares for a throw blanket.

    I like to bake for Madron. This year I'm going to make a ginger apple tealoaf. It's also a good time of year to walk in the park when the leaves start turning. (Here in SE England).

    Hasppy Madron/Mabon! :)

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    1. Hope you had a wonderful Madron! Ginger apple tealoaf sounds amazing! I bet England is just breathtaking this time of year. I bet England is breathtaking any time of year!

      Good luck with your throw! Thanks for taking a moment to comment! =D

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  7. I just LOVE to light candles as the light fades on the last day of the old witches year fades. And burning dragons blood incense and frankincense too.., and, of course, the trick or treaters who come to my door and admiring the ambience and atmosphere... just the best thing ever.. i love being a witch !!!

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    1. It is pretty fantastic, isn't it? I love your enthusiasm! =D

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