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Mabon Ritual

Today was a big day for me. I have practiced on my own for the majority of life by myself or with a few good friends.Tonight I let a ritual for 10 of us. which doesn’t seem like a huge number but it is much bigger then 1 or 2 and seems much larger than even 4.  At any rate it is new territory and I was excited and nervous.

All and all I was pleased. I think others were pleased too.  It was an interesting lesson for me in writing a group ritual. Not that I wrote it all myself mind you. Like many pagans I borrowed some words from here and some from there. and then added a lot of my own. What made this time different is the challenge of taking was it so personal for me and making accessible for others. From the details of addressing the deities to large picture of will this be as meaningful to some one else.

If you read my post on the magic in words and secret names you will know that I address a Deity based on my relationship with that Deity and basically by the name they introduced themselves to me as. Now just because I know them by this name doesn’t mean that others do. So different phrases were washed of names but I think they were still meaningful.

I thought the ritual itself was very beautiful. we sang we danced we laughed. I will share part of it with you now and part tomorrow as I am very tired now.

Mabon/ Autumn Equinox Ritual

Today we gather to reflect and celebrate. We celebrate the harvest both physical and unseen, and we reflect on how we got here. We reflect on our accomplishments of the year and those people who helped us achieve them. We celebrate the turning of the wheel from summer to autumn. We celebrate this moment in time where time stands still and all is in balance.
And as we sand in this moment, It is time to acknowledge all we have to be thankful for.
Pleas lets take hands.
Lets go around and each person list 3 blessings in your life  that you are thankful for

Thank you so much for sharing so much of you, We all have so much to be thankful for!

Thanks a lot
Thanks for the sun in the sky
Thanks a lot
Thanks for the clouds so high

Thanks a lot
Thanks for the whispering wind
Thanks a lot
Thanks for the birds in spring

Thanks a lot
Thanks for the moonlit night
Thanks a lot
Thanks for the starts so bright

Thanks a lot
Thanks for the wonder in me
Thanks a lot
Thanks for the way I feel.

Thanks for the animals thanks for the land
Thanks for the people everywhere
Thanks a lot
Thanks for all I’ve got
Thanks for all I’ve got.

As we have shared with each other let us share our gratitude with the Goddess and God. L has special flying papers. Often we use these to ask for a wish but today we are not asking for anything. Simply being grateful for all we’ve got. Tonight instead of a wish please write a thank you note to the Goddess and God and let it fly.

Mabon, The equinox. This is the time of the fullness of the harvest begun at Lughnasadh. Once again day and night are equal. As nature ebbs and flows and always returns to balance so do we. We pass out of the season of the sun, with long days and much to be done, to the dark half of the year. We feel the shift as the God prepares to leave his physical body and begin the great adventure into the unseen, toward renewal and rebirth of the Goddess. Nature declines, draws back its bounty, reading for winter and its time of rest. The Goddess nodes in the weakening Sun, thought fire burns with in her womb. She feels the presence of the God, even as he wanes. Before we to enter this quite time, this time for introspection let us first gather together and celebrate in the bounty of the harvest!

photo credit: Mammaoca2008 via photopin cc

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Mabon Ritual

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.

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