Updated: Nov 18, 2020
The week of the autumn equinox comes with cool air and fall festivities for most, but for pagan worshippers, the sixth sabbat of Wheel of the Year, Mabon, is in full celebration. The week-long event, this year from Sept. 21 to Sept. 29, observes the cycle of the natural world moving to a close.
Known as the “Witch's Thanksgiving,” practicing pagans use this time to honor the Earth and the harvest by worshipping the related deities. The pagan religion recognizes many pantheons and this representation reflects in each sabbat. The different deities that are celebrated in Autumn include Demeter and Persephone (Greek), Proserpina (Roman), Thoth (Egyptian), Mabon (Welsh) and many others.
Decorations may include dried herbs, fall leaves, scarecrows and bird feathers. Every pagan celebrates differently, but common Mabon activities may include cleansing your home, burning incense, collecting moon water and practicing shadow work. It’s always good to learn about new practices and people, so we hope you use this as an opportunity to wish someone a happy Mabon! Blessed be!
By Rae Hargis and Milin Santizo-Escobar, Staff Writers