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Mabon, held on or near the autumnal equinox, is the second of the great harvest Sabbats, sometimes called Harvest Home. Just as Lammas celebrated the first fruits of the harvest, so Mabon glorifies the harvest in its fullness.
It is a sad celebration too, for summer is dying now; the days and nights balanced in length, as they were at Ostara, but with the balance now tipping toward the dark. Cold weather is approaching, if not indeed already upon us. Leaves are changing from green to a riot of fall colors.
It’s time to accept summer’s end, and begin preparing in earnest for winter, time to shift mental gears, from a time of ease and plenty to one of work and (relative) suffering. In the ritual, we partake of dark “Mabon Bread” and other dark-colored food and drink in token of this change, celebrating the harvest, but also acknowledging the dark times to come.
The Seasons of Ceremony rituals are designed for the solitary practitioner, assuming little or no previous magickal experience or training.
These rituals and spells are original rites. While crafting them along traditional lines and according to age-proven principles, symbols, and wording which other specific traditions may consider their own have been deliberately avoided. In using Seasons of Ceremony rituals, you will inherit none of the magickal “baggage,” for good or ill, which might come with a spell copied from some other source.
More advanced practitioners, and especially those already trained in a specific system of magick, may prefer to substitute their own symbols for the ones provided. Users may also wish to incorporate these spells into more elaborate rituals such as traditional Sabbat observations.