On Friday we had our Mabon Ritual. It was amazingly lovely and just what I needed. We had it at my moms place which is more out in the country and had it out in her back yard which is a magical place. Firstly because my mother has a deep love of plants and so her gardens are wonderful and secondly because I was married almost in the very spot we had our circle.
The sun was just seating dropping from view through the oak trees and down into the ocean. The wind was light but present enough to make the wind chimes hanging on the house and tress ring. We marked out the points of directions on the circle with small bowls of water with floating candles. We set up an outside patio table as our altar. There on the fallen oak leaves in the flickering candle light and the faint light of setting sun we cast our circle.
We talked about falling leaves and letting go of regrets so that we may prepare for the new growth. We thanked the Goddess and God for their love and blessings. We shared the stories of Demeter and Persephone and the story of Mabon. The Sun melted away and wind picked up a little but the Candles didn’t blow out. There were only 3 of use due to this icky cold that is going around but it was wonderful and personal and moving. As always it was just what I needed.
Afterwards as we shared a pot of peppermint tea and some pomegranates and talked and laughed and thought about what we wanted to do in this coming dark half of the year. I am so thankful to have these women in my life (as well as the two who were not present) I can always find strength compassion and insight from my time with them. As always I am thankful.