Blessed Mabon

Celebrating Mabon in 2024

This lovely, cool change heralds the arrival of Mabon (pronounced: Ma-bon), also known as the Fall Equinox, Harvest Home & Feast of Avalon: a pagan holiday celebrating the autumnal equinox, when both day and night are of equal length.

Join in on the celebrations with our tips on how to celebrate Mabon!

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It’s officially Autumn & we are welcoming the much-anticipated chill in the air!

This lovely, cool change heralds the arrival of Mabon (pronounced: Mah-bon), also known as the Fall Equinox, Harvest Home & Feast of Avalon: a pagan holiday celebrating the autumnal equinox, when both day and night are of equal length. Mabon in Australia and the Southern Hemisphere occurs on March 20, 2024, and on September 23, 2024 in the Northern Hemisphere.

Join in on the celebrations with our tips on how to celebrate Mabon!

Who was Mabon?

In Celtic folklore, the word 'Mabon' is believed to have originated from the Welsh God, Mabon ap Modron, who was the son of the Earth Mother Goddess, also known as the Child of Light. In British folklore, Mabon is also associated with Herne the Hunter. 

What does Mabon celebrate?

Mabon, or the Autumn Equinox, marks the second harvest of the year and is traditionally a celebration of the second harvest when farmers gathered hearty foods. Mabon is associated with balance and harmony as this sabbat occurs when the night and day are at equal length. Mabon is celebrated to thank the earth for the abundance and gifts of nature.

How to celebrate Mabon

Mabon is the perfect time for giving our thanks for the bounty of Mother Earth, honouring the balance between light and dark within ourselves, acknowledging our accomplishments, removing what no longer serves us and preparing for the coming winter. Popular celebrations for Mabon include feasting, wine-making and sharing stories. 

Prepare for The Colder Months

With the last of the summer fruits consumed, Mabon is the time to prepare for the cold winter ahead by preserving fruits, meats and vegetables to last through the cold. We’re quite blessed in these modern times of supermarkets and groceries that can be delivered straight to your door, so pay tribute to times past when we were not so fortunate and preserve the last of your summer treats by making preserves, pickles, and jams. Store bought jam can never compare to homemade anyway! Read below for some of our favourite ways to celebrate Mabon

In Australia, it’s a bit warmer during Autumn than for those who live in the northern hemisphere, so take advantage of the temperate weather and get out in the garden! Reap the last of your summer veggies and clear space to sow your winter seeds like garlic and onions. Create an altar with one of each of your remaining crops to give thanks to the nature spirits and animals and share in your bounty. Put up a scarecrow to protect your future harvest: this is a fun opportunity to get creative and get your hands dirty!

Cook a Mabon Recipe

There are many ways to celebrate Mabon, but one of our absolute favourites would be to cook some Mabon-themed recipes! This way of celebrating is perfect for beginner witches & kitchen witches alike.

Pumpkin Prosperity Pudding Cakes (Serves 6)

  • 1/4 cup (50g) organic white cane sugar, plus more for ramekins
  • 1 cup (130g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder, plus more for serving
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup (245g) freshly roasted pumpkin puree
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, divided
  • 1/3 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 6 teaspoons light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup (59ml) hot water
  • Sweetened whipped cream, or vanilla ice cream, for serving

1. Preheat oven to 180C (348F) & spray ramekins with cooking spray & sprinkle with sugar until coated, tap out excess sugar & place on a baking tray

2. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice & salt

3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the pumpkin, sugar, molasses, egg, vanilla and half of the melted butter until combined

4. Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients and fold with a large rubber spatula until just combined.

5. Using a large ice cream scoop or spoon, divide the mixture between among the ramekins & use a small spoon to smooth the surface

6. Sprinkle 1 teaspoon of the brown sugar over the top of each puddings

7. Whisk the remaining butter into the hot water & pour 4 teaspoons over the top of each pudding

8. Transfer puddings into the oven, bake until risen & the surface is beginning to crack, around 20 to 30 minutes. A toothpick inserted should come out clean

9. Let stand for about 10 minutes. Enjoy with whipped cream or icecream and a sprinkle of cocoa powder - bon appetit!

Roasted Vegetable & Barley Balancing Salad (Serves 4-6)

  • 3 cups (710ml) low-sodium vegetable broth

  • 2 cloves garlic, trimmed

  • 1 cup (200g) pearled barley

  • 6 ounces (170g) green beans, trimmed and cut into 1-inch (2.5cm) pieces

  • 2 large shallots, sliced

  • 1 small yellow bell pepper, about 6 ounces (170g), stemmed, seeded, and sliced into 1-inch (2.5cm) pieces

  • 1 small red bell pepper, about 6 ounces (170g), stemmed, seeded, and sliced into 1-inch (2.5cm) pieces

  • Extra-virgin olive oil, for roasting, plus 79ml cup

  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, as needed

  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar

  • 2 teaspoons white wine vinegar

  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

  • 1/2 teaspoon honey

  • 3 cups, about 3 ounces (85g), baby arugula leaves


Step 1: Preheat the oven to 204 degrees.

Step 2: In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, bring the vegetable broth and garlic cloves to a boil. Stir in the barley, reduce the heat to a simmer, cover, and cook until the barley is soft and liquid is absorbed, about 30 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand for 5 minutes to absorb any liquid still left in the pan.

Step 3: Meanwhile, put the green beans, shallots, and peppers on a baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper and toss well to coat. Transfer the pan to the oven and roast until veggies are browned, turning once, but still crisp tender, about 20 minutes.

Step 4: While the veggies roast, in a small bowl, whisk the vinegar, lemon juice, mustard, and honey together until combined. While whisking, slowly add the 79ml cup olive oil until well blended. Season the dressing with salt and pepper.

Step 5: Remove the garlic cloves from the cooked barley and transfer them to the bowl of dressing. Using a fork, smash the cloves into the dressing until they are broken up; whisk the dressing well.

Step 6: To assemble the salad, put the warm barley and roasted veggies in a large bowl and drizzle the dressing over them; toss well to coat completely. Taste and absorb. Arrange two and a half cups of the arugula on a serving platter and mound the barley salad over the top. Scatter the remaining arugula over the barley and vegetables and serve immediately. 

Mabon recipes taken from the Wiccan Kitchen

Set Up A Mabon Altar & Give Thanks

Create your own personal sacred space for this Sabbat by setting up your Mabon altar! Our Mabon / Autumn Resin Incense Blend and Mabon / Autumn Witch Herb Blend are the perfect tools for cleansing and performing spells dedicated to this holiday from the Wheel of the Year. For more extensive rituals, our inhouse witches have crafted a Mabon | Autumn Ritual Kit along with some Mabon Rituals to help you further manifest your intentions with everything you need. 

Offer your blessings and thanks to the deities who rule over Autumn, the transition of seasons and bounty. Decorate your altar appropriately using seasonal items, we've provided a quick list to reference below:

Mabon Colours: yellow, gold, brown, orange, bronze & green.

Mabon Crystals: agate, jasper, tigers eyequartz, citrine, aventurine, ruby & moss agate.

Mabon Herbs: yarrow, sage, rosemary, chamomile & mugwort.

But who should you give thanks and offerings to? Here are a few deities and their stories explaining why we give thanks to them at Mabon:

Demeter and Persephone

Demeter is believed to be the reason we have the changing of the seasons: Autumn marks when her daughter Persephone was abducted by Hades and taken away to the underworld, with her grief causing winter to fall over the land. When Persephone returned, her consumption of pomegranate seeds forced her to return to Hades for 6 months of the year, during which time Demeter's sadness would once again freeze the land. Make offerings to both of these figures to acknowledge their suffering and give thanks for the return of bounty come spring.

The Dark Goddess

Mabon is a time of balance, of light and the dark. Use this time of balance between night and day to pay tribute to the Dark Goddess, the crone aspect of the Triple Goddess, not a being of evil but rather the opposite aspect of the light. Not a being of comfort and gentleness, but one of wisdom and uncompromising clarity. While her tough love and mysterious nature may scare some of us, we must always acknowledge her as we cannot have the light without the dark.

The Green Man

The Green Man appeared at a time of transition between Paganism and Christianity in Europe, as shown by carvings of his face on Medieval churches and castles. He is a figure of the wood, associated with wild spirits and figures like the green god Pan, the Celtic god Cernunnos or the "wildman of the wood" of the middle ages. He represents the cycle of rebirth and renewal, life and death and fertility so integral to the celebration of Mabon.

Finish off your projects

If there’s something you’ve been putting off, Mabon is the time to tie off loose ends before the season transitions. Polish off that craft project, sort out your garage, refresh your apothecary, whatever’s been niggling away in the back of your mind. Mabon is also a period where you should clean your home in addition to cleansing your space: let go of what you no longer need.

And what comes after you finish a project? Relaxation! Make all of your effort taste sweeter by finishing the holiday with a meditation, reflecting on the cycle of life and death the transition of Autumn represents. Recharge by spending time with family or Coven members, maybe with a little spread of those preserves you made! Take a relaxing walk and take in the evergreen Australian native plants that thrive in all seasons: flowering gums, the divine banksia blooms and even the shedding of eucalyptus bark to decorate your home!

Take it easy and enjoy the cooler change, witches!

Safe witches are clever witches, never leave a flame unattended and always be prepared to safely put out a fire if needed.

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