Sabbat of Mabon, Feast Of Avalon Autumnal  Equinox – Rev. Ginny Vigrass

 

The great ancient Sabbat festival of Mabon is named for the Welsh Celtic God.  It celebrates our Thanksgiving for the abundant fruits and crops of the earth.  It is also known as the Feast of Avalon, which means “Land of Apples.”  Avalon is a Celtic name for the Land of the Dead. Mabon is the second of three harvests and is especially associated for the vine harvests and wine. It is associated with the harvesting of apples which are seen as symbols of renewed life. It is a spiritually uplifting time for all of us to share our appreciation to the Goddess and God to receive blessings during the winter months. In our northern hemisphere,  this equinox is on September 21–24. The Celts honored this Sabbat by harvesting apples , invoking the Goddess at a cemetery where loved ones are buried and by putting apples on headstones for the promise of life renewed, bobbing for apples, etc. These acts are for the wishes of the living to be reunited with dear loved ones and symbolize our thankfulness for the life-giving harvest celebration. The altar may be filled with photos of loved ones, apples, wine, vine, garland, burial cairns, cornucopia, corn, and colors of: orange, maroon,  and russet. The Welsh Celtic name Mabon was coined about 1970 as a reference to Mabon ap Modron . In my Welsh language, “AP” means “son”. Mabon and his mother Modron ( ” Divine Mother” ) were descended from a divine mother-son pair, deities in origin .  Welsh legends link Mabon with King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table.  King Arthur rescued Mabon from prison in Gloucester, England.  Then, Mabon was at King Arthur’s side, including the great hunt after the great boar Twrch!  Deities for this festival include Harvest Deities, Aging Deities and wine Gods.  Evoke Mabon or his mother Modron to honor them as the deities who brought forth this bountiful, beautiful harvest.

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