Mabon is the eighth spoke along the Wheel of the Year. Celebrated on the autumn equinox, Mabon is a minor sabbat that honors nature for another bountiful harvest (the other major harvest celebrations being Lughnasadh in August and Samhain in October.) In her book Practical Magic: A Beginner’s Guide to Crystals, Horoscopes, Psychics, and Spells, author Nikki Van De Car writes, “On the fall equinox the hours of sunlight are equal to the hours of darkness, so Mabon is about seeking balance – and about respecting the darker aspects of life, since so many of the other holidays are about honoring the sun. It is also a time to give thanks and reflect on all that we have been given throughout the year.”
If Mabon sounds like a magical version of Thanksgiving, you’re not wrong! Here, we offer you our favorite rituals and correspondences for your Mabon to help celebrate balance, imbibe with friends, and give thanks back to nature.
To honor the growing nighttime hours that come with Mabon, here are some of our favorite rituals from The Night School: Moonlit Magic Deck from Maia Toll. This enchanting deck is a pocket-friendly companion to her newest book, The Night School: Lessons in Moonlight, Magic, and the Mysteries of Being Human.
Choose an evening to go dark. Turn off all electronics, and don’t use flashlights or electric lamps. Use candlelight or battery-operated tea lights or keep the light soft. Do your thoughts change when you’re in true dark? Can you relinquish your daylight persona?
Step into Change
Small changes help you get acclimated to bigger changes. Try going to sleep at a different time or upending the order of your bedtime routine.
What does this do your senses? Are you more intentional about how you go about your evening and how you move within your space?
Find Your Equilibrium
Stand in yoga’s Mountain pose and push your feet hard into the ground while letting the top of your head stretch straight to the stars. Image a string stretching from the crown of your head into the heavens, head in the stars, you stretched between.
Sabbats are always a magical time to reset your altar for the new season. Here, author Cerridwen Greenleaf offers some insight for an autumnal altar refresh with a corresponding sabbat ritual adapted from The Practical Witch’s Spell Book for Love, Happiness, and Success.
There are so many reasons to create personal altars, and four of those reasons are the seasons to the year. Your altar helps you maintain balance in your life and deepens your spiritual connection to the world around you. A seasonal altar is your tool for ceremonies to honor Mother Nature and connect with the deeper wisdom of the earth.
The leaves are now falling and the harvest is here, calling for a gratitude altar that reflects the bounty and continuation of life. An arrangement of pumpkins, acorns, multicolored branches, and a handsome bouquet of leaves will honor the natural changes that characterize autumn.
Your Home is Your Temple: Sabbat Ritual
Practical witches observe both major and lesser sabbats. Establish one room in your house as a temple. Ideally, it is the room in which you normally keep an altar or sacred shrine. In any case, you should create an altar in the center of the space. Place a loaf of freshly baked bread (bread you have made with your own hands is best) in the east, a bowl of apples in the south, a bottle of wine in the west, and a sheaf of wheat or a bundle of dried corn in the north. Upon the main altar in the middle, place a candle, a plate of sweet cakes, and a goblet. Light incense and place it in front of the cakes. Before your ritual, take some time for contemplation and think about what you have achieved during this busy year.
What have you done?
What do you need?
What remains to be done?
What are your aspirations?
Write down your thoughts and feelings and the answers to these questions. Read what you have written and ponder it. Look for recurring ideas or themes and make notes on a piece of paper. Light the candle on the altar and use this candle to light all the other candles in the temple.
Take string, preferably blue or purple in color, and bind the paper with your contemplations on it into a scroll. Place the scroll on your altar. Extinguish the candles. Then declare your temple closed. The common wisdom is that you should place the apples, bread, and wine in your garden as on offering the next day, as a blessing to all of nature.
Because Mabon celebrates the balance of light and dark at the beginning of the new autumn season, consider crafting this special tisane to incorporate in your sabbat ritual, courtesy of Potions: A Guide to Cocktails, Tinctures, Tisanes, and Other Witchy Concoctions, the newest book from Nikki Van De Car.
Magic is all about intention—and intention requires us to ask questions and tune in deeply to our thoughts and feelings. Through both the ingredients and brewing process of this tisane, learn to listen to
yourself, as you restore balance to this moment.
½ teaspoon lavender
½ teaspoon dried mint
¼ teaspoon mullein
Squeeze of lemon
Spoonful of honey, to taste
Bring some water to a boil, then turn it off and let it come to stillness, all that activity finding rest. In a tea strainer, combine the lavender, mint, and mullein. Pour the water over the strainer and into your cup, letting it steep for three minutes. Remove the strainer and add a squeeze of lemon and a spoonful of honey, stirring to mix everything. Take a first sip of your tisane, and ask yourself what is most needed at this moment. Should you find some time to do something that brings you pleasure? Should you go through your email? Should you call a friend? The correct answer will change from day to day, so whenever you prepare this potion for yourself, allow the response to float up with the steam.
Bring an enchanting natural element into your Mabon rituals with some of our most cherished essential oils that promote the balance and coziness that Mabon celebrates, from Essential Oils: A Little Introduction to Their Uses and Health Benefits by Cerridwen Greenleaf.
Cedarwood: Frequently a component of perfumes, fragrances, and, ironically, insect repellants. Cedarwood oil’s woodsy aroma provides a plethora of healing benefits and is valued for its use as an anointing oil, as well as for protective energy in your home.
Clove: Derived from clove trees, this strong, spicy essential oil is native to Southeast Asia and is connected to money magic and protection spells. Traditionally, clove oil has been used to fight bacteria and address respiratory conditions, and it’s a common pain reliever for toothaches
and muscle pains.
Cypress: Originates from the eastern Mediterranean region; this mystical oil soothes the soul and is a balm for those who are suffering from grief, despair, and hopelessness. With an evergreen and lightly spicy aroma, cypress oil can connect you to loved ones who have passed away. Cypress offers strength, energy, and hope.
Lavender: Lavender is soothing, calming, nurturing, and relaxing. This versatile essential oil is a natural antibiotic, antiseptic, sedative, antidepressant, topical treatment for scalds and burns, and a powerful detoxifier. Lavender promotes healing, and the lovely scent has a calming effect that is widely used in aromatherapy.
Vetiver: A thick and amber-colored oil from India, vetiver has been found to boost immunity and whole-body wellness. Vetiver balances emotions and can relieve nervous tension. Though a very grounding energy, it can be used to prevent or reverse curses and hexes. It is also an abundance attractor for money magic.
Incorporating crystals into your Mabon ritual is a powerful way to balance your spirits and prepare your mind and body for the new season. Here are some of our favorites to use during this time, courtesy of Crystals: A Little Introduction to Their Powers by Nikki Van De Car.
Clear Quartz: A stone of healing, it channels power and amplifies universal energy. This stone can be programmed to whatever use you require.
Hematite: A stone of protection and grounding, it closes your aura to keep out negative energy. Provides support for astral projection.
Sunstone: An antidepressant that stimulates the kidneys and allows energy to flow freely throughout the body.
Moonstone: Soothes the emotions as well as the digestive system. Encourages peace and harmony within.
Explore the magic and mystery of the Night with this mini deck, featuring magical concepts, mantras, rituals, and more, from award-winning author Maia Toll’s The Night School.
- MYSTICAL WISDOM, CONCEPTS, AND SYMBOLS FROM THE NIGHT SCHOOL: Further your magical practice with bite-sized mantras, rituals, essential magical concepts, and key symbols (Elements, Zodiac, etc.), all brought together in this oracle-style deck inspired by The Night School.
- MAGICAL INSPIRATION ON THE GO: Sized to fit in the palm of your hand (approx. 2 1/2 X 3″), these miniature cards allow you to bring core magical concepts, ritual-starters, and mediations with you wherever you feel most enchanted.
- FROM AUTHOR MAIA TOLL: Trusted mystical author and healer Maia Toll (The Illustrated Herbiary), draws together essential mystical knowledge in essential subjects (divination, astrology, alchemy, philosophy) in this compact deck-and-guidebook set.
- BEAUTIFUL, DELUXE PACKAGE: Featuring 100 full-color cards and a 48-page paperback book (2 1/2 X 3″) in a magnetic-closure carrying case, this fully-illustrated set captures the mystery and wonder of the night sky.
- A PERFECT GIFT: An ideal gift or self-purchase for witches, seekers, and magic-curious practitioners.
A complete introduction to modern magic and witchcraft with spells and incantations for love, happiness, and success.
The Practical Witch’s Spell Book is an enchanting handbook for anyone with a penchant for the magical and who wants to add joy to their daily life. To practice witchcraft is to be purposeful whether it’s to help heal, bring about prosperity, imbue your home with positivity, or even to fall in love. To be a practical witch is to tap into an inner place of intention, energy, and magic to bring about positive change in your life and those of your loved ones. With life’s increasingly frenetic pace, a magical approach to living is more important now than ever.
In this must-have guide for spell-casters of all levels you will find hundreds of spells, blessings, and incantations for love and romance, contentment and happiness, success and prosperity, health and healing, work and vocation, and money and wealth, all to enrich your mind and spirit, and to improve your life and the world around you. Also included are ritual resources, magical correspondences, lucky colors and numbers, moon spells, and all the essential tools you need for making magic.
From Nikki Van De Car, the best-selling author of Practical Magic, comes a fully-illustrated, enchanted introduction to the witch's world of modern potions, including tinctures, infusions, herbal DIYs, and magically-infused craft cocktails.
Witchcraft meets cocktail craft in Potions, a contemporary introduction to the world of infusions, tisanes and herbal teas, homemade tinctures, and expertly mixed alcoholic beverages, all imbued with a healthy dose of everyday enchantment. As with all magic, intention is what makes a potion a potion, and author Nikki Van De Car uses her signature blend of holistic remedies, DIY projects, and accessible magical rituals to guide readers through the wide world of potion-making. From homebrewed kombuchas to crystal-charged cocktails, this fully illustrated guide is an essential addition to the arsenal of kitchen witches and enchanted mixologists.
Organized around a series of intentions — including Creativity, Calm, Love, Harmony, and Protection — the chapters in this book each include teas, cocktails, kombuchas, non-alcoholic beverages, and DIY components like bitters, shrubs, and infusions, that enhance the reader's spellwork. Every recipe will involve a brief ritual of some kind, whether setting an intention, or using a crystal, sun magic, or moon magic, and each recipe will involve some form of herbal magic. Each cocktail is accompanied by a vibrant, full-color illustration, and each chapter includes longer mystical rituals to support the reader’s overall magical practice.
Discover the perennially popular subject of essential oils from A to Z in this small, elegant, and beautifully illustrated mini guidebook.
Essential oils have been around for thousands of years, but what are they and how do you use them? In this adorably small and fully illustrated A to Z primer, explore 100 of the most popular and common essential oils and how to use them, with descriptions of their origin, uses and purpose, connections to spellwork, and possible health and healing benefits. Also included are topical recipes for stress relief.
Whether it’s lavender, lemongrass, rosemary, frankincense, or ylang ylang, learn everything you need to know about the most commonly used plant-based essential oils, carrier oils, and fruit essences in this full-color, illustrated mini-book.