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ALL About Mabon: History, Recipes, Correspondences, Activities and Much More!  (PART 2)

(A Diverse Collection of Mabon Information)

 

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Mabon, (May-bon) is known as the Autumn Equinox, Harvest Home, Second Harvest, the

Witches Thanksgiving and Siring Fate. (Mabon in Welsh means son.) This reference usually

refers to the son of the Welsh goddess Madron, Mother and Son. The Mother and son aspect

is the most common among the neo-pagans, and fits well with in the Wiccan perspective of

the Holly King mythology. It should also be noted that McCoy (page 185) claims that the

Celts did not call Mabon by this name but rather it was originally a Norse festival.

Though adopting other cultures, festivals and Gods fits in with the Celtic adaptability

and mentality.

 

Autumn Equinox refers to a time of the year when day and night are equally balanced. The

sun is in the process of crossing the equator and in astrological terms is entering the

sign of Libra. The sun is the focal point of energy (along with the moon) and such; its

life force pushes us to discover more about ourselves. This movement into the Libra puts

a congenial, cooperative outlook on that time of year, just what was needed by the

communities, as they all worked together to complete the harvest.

 

Harvest Home is an Anglo-Celtic version of the original Mabon, and fell in-between the

First (Lugnasadh) and the Third (Samhain) Harvests. Harvests festivals were a very

important part of the pre- industrialized culture. It was a time of relief and of rest.

Relief that the crops were in and rest to catch their breath before the work of preparing

for winter began. This was a time to give thanks.

 

The Witches Thanksgiving, according to McCoy is one of the oldest holidays known to

Europe. On this I will have to disagree, first the author mentions that Mabon is actually

a Norse holiday, then contradicts herself with the above statement. Actually I believe

she is trying to draw comparisons between the Witches Thanksgiving and the American

Thanksgiving. There are similarities, though the reason she states about the time

differences are not the same. The American Thanksgiving is celebrated at the time of year

it is, not because the Puritans choose that date to distance themselves from the Pagan

Mabon, but rather because they had a late harvest and an early winter. Thus celebrating

it when they could, survival being more important then distancing themselves from

European witches Thanksgiving. (McCoy page 185- 189)

 

Autumn is over the long leaves that love us,

And over the mice in the barley sheaves;

Yellow the leaves of the rowan above us,

And yellow the wet wild-strawberry leaves.

 

The hour of the waning of love has beset us;

And weary and worn are our sad souls now;

Let us part, ere the season of passion forget us,

With a kiss and a tear and dropping brow.

 

- W.B. Yeats (page 14-15)

 

 

Siring Fate according to King, are claims that this is the true name of Mabon. Using

Greek Mythology, the story of Persephone and Madron and Mabon. Claiming that the name

Mabon is the son's name, not the Sabbats. He bases his claim on the fact that, Mabon,

mates with his mother Madron, thus siring the new season. He uses the story of Persephone

to back up his assertion, stating that when Persephone leaves her mother to be with

Hades, the new season begins. While there may be similarities to these myths, King is

making the common mistake of associating cultures based on similarities rather than the

uniqueness of each myth, or culture. He Claims, as did Caesar and others, that the Celts,

Gods, heroes, Legends and Myths, were in actuality Greco-Roman.

 

Mabon is a celebration of life and death, and giving of life again, the cycle of the

seasons. Mabon is a time to enjoy the fruits of a hard year's labor, to stock up for the

long winter. No matter how you celebrate Mabon, or how it came about, or whatever it's

true name may be, it is important to know that Mabon a time for giving thanks.

 

 

 

FOODS

 

 

Roast Mutton

 

1 Lam leg 7-8 pounds

2 teaspoons dried dill weed

1/2 teaspoons dried rosemary leaves

1 teaspoon of salt

1/4 teaspoon of pepper

1 clove of garlic

Set oven at 325 F, for 3 1/2 hours for well done. Sprinkle roast with seasonings, take

knife and make several small insertions, place pieces of garlic in Roast. (Remove cloves

before serving.) Place lamb, fat side up, on rack in shallow roasting pan. Roast till

desired pink(ness). 7-9 lb.: rare: 15-20 minutes, Medium: 20-25 minutes, well: 25-30

minutes per pound.

 

New Small Potatoes

Wash potatoes lightly and leave whole. Heat 1 inch salted water to boiling. Add potatoes.

Cover and heat to a boil; reduce heat. Boil to tender, 20-25 minutes; drain, and butter.

 

 

 

Citrus Salad

 

1 1/2 cups of boiling water

1 package (6 ounces) lemon flavored gelatin

2 cups ginger ale, chilled

4 oranges

2 grapefruit

Pour boiling water on gelatin; stir until gelatin is dissolved. Stir in ginger ale.

Refrigerate until slightly thickened.

Pare and section oranges and grapefruit. Cut sections into 1-inch pieces; stir into

gelatin mixture. Pour into 8-cup mold. Refrigerate until firm, about 4 hours; unmold.

Garnish with additional orange sections and salad greens if desired.

 

 

Rum Cracker Torte

 

6 eggs, separated

1/2 cup sugar

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

1 tablespoon rum flavoring

1/2 cup sugar

1/4 cup all purpose flour

1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

1 cup fine graham crackers

1 cup of finely chopped nuts

1 square (1 ounce) unsweetened chocolate, grated

 

Rum-flavored Whipped Cream

 

Heat oven to 350 F. line bottoms of 2 round pans, 8 or 9X1 1/2 inches with aluminum foil.

Beat eggs whites in 21/2-quart bowl until foamy. Beat in 1/2 cup of sugar. 1 tablespoon

at a time; continue beat until stiff and glossy. Beat egg yolks, oil and rum flavoring in

11/2 quart on low speed until blended. Add 1/2 cup of sugar. Flour baking powder,

cinnamon and cloves; beat on medium speed 1 minute. Fold egg yolk mixture into egg

whites. Fold in cracker crumbs, nuts and chocolate. Pour into pans.

Bake until top springs back when touched lightly, 30-35 minutes. Cool ten minutes. Loosen

edge layers with knife; invert pan and hit sharply on table. (Cake will drop out) Remove

foil; cool completely.

 

Split cake to make four layers. Fill layers and frost torte with Rum Flavored Whipped

Cream. Refrigerate for at least 7 hours.

 

Rum-flavored Whipped Cream

Beat 2 cups of chilled whipping cream, 1.2 cup powered sugar and 2 teaspoons of rum

flavoring in chilled bowl till stiff.

 

The above Article by Gordon Ireland

 

 

 

Mabon Incense Recipe

 

Mabon is the time of the autumnal equinox and coming up soon (September 22nd, 2008). Here

is a great incense recipe to celebrate this time of year:

 

Mabon Incense

Recipe by Scott Cunningham

 

2 parts Frankincense

1 part Sandalwood

1 part Cypress

1 part Juniper

1 part Pine

1/2 part Oakmoss (or a few drops Oakmoss bouquet)

1 pinch pulverized Oak leaf

Burn during Autumnal Equinox, September 22nd, 2008, or around that time to attune with

the change of the seasons.

 

(This 'Mabon Incense' recipe is from "The Complete Book of Incense, Oils & Brews" by

Scott Cunningham, Llewellyn Publications, 1989)

 

 

 

Mabon Recipes

 

Recipes on this page: Fall Sabbat Incense, Stuffed Acorn Squash, Mabon Incense, Fresh

Apple Pound Cake, Wild Rice with Apples and Walnuts, and Sweet Potato Casserole.

 

 

Fall Sabbat Incense

 

?       3 parts Frankincense

?       2 parts Myrrh

?       1 part Rosemary

?       1 part Cedar

?       1 part Juniper

 

Burn during fall and winter Sabbat rituals.

 

 

Stuffed Acorn Squash

 

?       2 acorn squash, washed and cut in halves          

?       1/2 stick of butter

?       1/2 cup of crushed Ritz crackers                  

?       1/4 cup chopped walnuts

?       1/4 cup brown sugar

 

11.       Wash and cut acorn squash in half from stem to bottom

12.       Scoup out the seeds and rub the inside and cut parts with butter

13.       Put the acorn squash on a cookie sheet

14.       Melt the butter, and mix in the walnuts, brown sugar, and crackers

15.       Place in the holes of the squash and bake at 350 degrees for 30 - 40 minutes or

until done.

 

 

Mabon Incense

 

?       2 Parts Frankincense

?       1 Part Sandalwood

?       1 Part Cypress

?       1 Part Juniper

?       1 Part Pine

?       1/2 Part Oakmoss (or few drops of Oakmoss Bouquet)

?       1 Pinch Pulverized oak leaf

 

Burn during Mabon rituals.

 

 

Fresh Apple Pound Cake

 

?       2 cups sugar                                        

?       1 teaspoon salt

?       1 1/2 cups vegetable oil                              

?       1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

?       3 large eggs                                          

?       3 cups firm apples, diced

?       3 cups plain flour                                    

?       1 cup pecans or walnuts, chopped

?       1 teaspoon baking soda

32.       Mix together sugar and oil.

33.       Add eggs and beat well.

34.       Combine flour, baking soda, and salt.

35.       Add to oil mixture.

36.       Stir in vanilla, apples, nuts, and mix well.

37.       Pour batter into a greased 9 inch tube pan

38.       Bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour and 20 minutes or until cake is done.

 

Icing:

?       1 stick margarine                                          

?       1/4 cup evaporated milk

?       1 cup light brown sugar                                  

?       1 teaspoon vanilla

 

Heat margarine and sugar together over low heat. Add milk and let come to a full boil.

Remove from heat and add vanilla. Drizzle over the cake.

 

 

 

Wild Rice with Apples and Walnuts

 

?       1 cup wild rice

?       2 cups water

?       1 Tablespoon vegetable oil

 

Cook rice and oil in water for 50 minutes.

 

?       1 cup walnuts

?       1 rib of celery, chopped

?       4 chopped scallions

?       1 cup raisins

?       1 red apple, peeled and chopped, set aside in lemon water

?       2 teaspoons grated lemon rind

 

Combine nuts, celery, onions, raisins, drained apple and lemon rind and set aside.

 

?       3 T. lemon juice

?       2 garlic cloves, minced

?       1/2 t. salt

?       1/3 cup olive oil

?       pepper, to taste

 

Whisk together juice, salt and pepper, garlic and oil and add to cooked rice.

Add fruit mixture to the rice (to which has been added oil, spices and juice) and mix

well. May be served cold or heated.

 

 

 

Sweet Potato Casserole

 

?       3 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and steamed until completely soft

?       3/4 cup orange juice

?       2 eggs, beaten

?       2 Tablespoons melted butter

?       2 T. sugar

?       1 1/2 Teaspoons cinnamon

?       1/2 t. nutmeg

 

Mix juice, eggs, sugar and spices and blend thoroughly with potatoes using an electric

mixer. Spread into a greased 9"x13" pan.

 

?       1/2 cup flour

?       1/4 c plus 2 T. brown sugar

?       1/2 t. cinnamon

?       1/4 c. chopped butter

?       1/2 c. chopped pecans

 

Mix together flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, butter and nuts until crumbly, spread on top

of sweet potatoes and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

 

by Stella Maris

 

 

 

Bountiful Fall Bouquets

author unknown

 

Autumn gardens are filled with the makings for bouquets and arrangements that can be

placed outside or, when it turns cooler and the holidays approach, brought inside for a

centerpiece. Try an arrangement with the following late-blooming flowers, vegetables,

berries, fruits, and leaves:

 

Flowers:

 

Sunflowers

asters

dahlias

zinnias

hydrangeas

September flower

sage

autumn bugbane

 

 

Vegetables and herbs:

 

Pumpkins

winter squash

gourds

peppers

winter wheat

dill

sage

 

 

Berries and fruits:

 

Cranberries

beautyberries

nandina

baneberries

porcelain berries

crabapples

blue cohosh berries

apples

pomegranates

mandarin oranges

 

 

Leaves - Colorful leaves from trees such as:

 

maple

oak

magnolia

 

 

Leaves - Colorful leaves from bushes like:

 

viburnum

burning bush

vines such as:

grape leaves

porcelain vine

 

 

Hollow out the pumpkins, gourds, apples, peppers, or squash to create a natural vase for

the other items, or cradle the goods in a basket or bowl. You can create a more formal

arrangement by using only one type of flower, or combine different flowers, berries, and

leaves to create a mixed bouquet in the spirit of the bountiful fall season.

 

 

Vegetables Sacred To Mabon

author unknown

 

Because there are so many varieties of veggies, only a very few of the more interesting

ones...so in alphabetical order you have:

 

 

CARROT

Latin name: Daucus carota

 

Part Used: Whole herb.

 

Herbal uses: An infusion of tea made from whole herb is considered an active and valuable

remedy in the treatment of dropsy, chronic kidney diseases and affections of the bladder.

A strong decoction is good for treating flatulence. Carrot seeds are carminative and a

stimulant.

 

Associations: Carrot is associated with the planets Mercury and Mars, and with the

element of the earth. As a vegetable it is one of the sacred Druidic herbs of Mean

Fomhair (also called Mabon).

 

Magickal uses: The Carrot is used for sex magic

 

 

CELERY

(Wild)

Latin name: Apium graveolens

 

Common names: Smallage, Wild Celery.

 

Parts Used: Ripe seeds, herb and root.

 

Herbal uses: celery is useful in treating hysteria, and promoting restfulness and sleep.

It is said to be very good for rheumatism, and for treating swollen glands.

 

Associaions: Celery is a plant of the planet Mercury and the element of fire. As a

vegetable it is one of the sacred Druidic herbs of Mean Fomhair (also called Mabon).

 

Magickal uses: Celery is good to use in spells done for weight lose. Celery

seeds can be used in divination and Celery is also used in sex magic.

 

 

Cucumber

Latin name: Cucumis sativa

 

Common names: cuke, Cowcumber

 

Herbal uses: Cucumber seeds are distinctly diuretic. It is also said that cucumber peel

if bound around the head will cure a headache.

 

Associations: Cucumber is associated with the moon and the element of water. As a

vegetable it is one of the sacred Druidic herbs of Mean Fomhair (also called Mabon).

 

Magickal uses: Cucumber is used in healing and fertility magick. For a fertility spell:

keep a cucumber in your bedroom, and replace it every seven days.

 

 

Lettuce

Latin name: Lactuca virosa

 

Parts used: leaves

 

Herbal uses: Lettuce juice is useful for promoting sleep and relaxation - the juice can

be ingested or can be rubbed on the e forehead. It also can be used as a lotion to treat

acne.

 

Magickal associations: Lettuce is associated with the Moon and with the element of

water.Lettuce is also associated with Adonis (he met his fate in a bed of lettuce)....

and Lettuce also seems to have a lot of associations with death and sterility in the

minds of the Greeks. The Greeks considered lettuce a "wet" plant, and this wet nature

suggested to them bogs and decaying corpses. In fact, in one of his comedies, Euboulos

wrote, "Lettuce is a food for corpses." As a vegetable it is one of the sacred Druidic

herbs of Mean Fomhair (also called Mabon).

 

Magickal uses: Lettuce is useful in tranquility, protective and money magick.. It is

protective when grown in a garden. Lettuce can also be eaten in spells done to cool down

lust.

 

 


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