Autumn Equinox, 2nd Harvest, September 21st
Mabon, (pronounced MAY-bun, MAY-bone, MAH-boon, or MAH-bawn) is the Autumn Equinox. The Autumn Equinox divides the day and night equally, and we all take a moment to pay our respects to the impending dark. We also give thanks to the waning sunlight, as we store our harvest of this year’s crops. The Druids call this celebration, Mea’n Fo’mhair, and honor the The Green Man, the God of the Forest, by offering libations to trees. Offerings of ciders, wines, herbs and fertilizer are appropriate at this time. Wiccans celebrate the aging Goddess as she passes from Mother to Crone, and her consort the God as he prepares for death and re-birth.
Various other names for this Lesser Wiccan Sabbat are The Second Harvest Festival, Wine Harvest, Feast of Avalon, Equinozio di Autunno (Strega), Alben Elfed (Caledonii), or Cornucopia. The Teutonic name, Winter Finding, spans a period of time from the Sabbat to Oct. 15th, Winter’s Night, which is the Norse New Year.
At this festival it is appropriate to wear all of your finery and dine and celebrate in a lavish setting. It is the drawing to and of family as we prepare for the winding down of the year at Samhain. It is a time to finish old business as we ready for a period of rest, relaxation, and reflection.
Symbolism of Mabon:
Second Harvest, the Mysteries, Equality and Balance.
Symbols of Mabon:
wine, gourds, pine cones, acorns, grains, corn, apples, pomegranates, vines such as ivy, dried seeds, and horns of plenty.
Herbs of Maybon:
Acorn, benzoin, ferns, grains, honeysuckle, marigold, milkweed, myrrh, passionflower, rose, sage, solomon’s seal, tobacco, thistle, and vegetables.
Foods of Mabon:
Breads, nuts, apples, pomegranates, and vegetables such as potatoes, carrots, and onions.
Incense of Mabon:
Autumn Blend-benzoin, myrrh, and sage.
Colors of Mabon:
Red, orange, russet, maroon, brown, and gold.
Stones of Mabon:
Sapphire, lapis lazuli, and yellow agates.
Activities of Mabon:
Making wine, gathering dried herbs, plants, seeds and seed pods, walking in the woods, scattering offerings in harvested fields, offering libations to trees, adorning burial sites with leaves, acorns, and pine cones to honor those who have passed over.
Spellworkings of Mabon:
Protection, prosperity, security, and self-confidence. Also those of harmony and balance.
Deities of Mabon:
Goddesses-Modron, Morgan, Epona, Persephone, Pamona and the Muses. Gods-Mabon, Thoth, Thor, Hermes, and The Green Man.
Mabon is considered a time of the Mysteries. It is a time to honor Aging Deities and the Spirit World. Considered a time of balance, it is when we stop and relax and enjoy the fruits of our personal harvests, whether they be from toiling in our gardens, working at our jobs, raising our families, or just coping with the hussle-bussle of everyday life.
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Imagine the pink energy of love surrounding the Earth and all who live on her. Call upon Amma, and let her hug all your hurts and pain away. Feel her oceans of love surrounding you. Now, imagine blue, peaceful energy surrounding the Earth and all who live on her. Call upon the dolphins,and let the dolphins heal and guide you throughout the day. Imagine an Earth filled with Love and Peace knowing that we create what we focus on.
Chocolate Tea Bread
Recipe By : Hershey’s Chocolate cookbook
Serving Size : 12 Preparation Time :0:15
Categories : Quick Bread
Amount Measure Ingredient — Preparation Method
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1/4 cup butter
2/3 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups flour
1/3 cup cocoa
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup buttermilk
3/4 cup nuts — chopped
3/4 cup raisins — opt
Preheat oven to 350° Prepare 8×4 inch loaf pan
Cream butter, sugar and egg. Add dry ingredients alternately with buttermilk, s
tir in nuts and raisins.
Bake for 55-60 minutes.
3-1/2 c. sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1 c. light cream
1/2 tsp. butter
3 tbsp. light corn syrup
1 c. mashed ripe bananas
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 c. chopped med. fine walnuts
Into heavy 2-1/2 quart saucepan turn the sugar, salt, butter, cream, syrup and bananas. Over moderate heat bring to boil, continue boiling on low heat until mixture reaches 238 degrees. Cool with out stirring until thermometer drops to 110 degrees or until pan feels warm to touch. Add vanilla, nuts, beat until candy becomes thick. Turn into 8×8 inch buttered pan. Let stand until firm and cut into 1 inch squares. Makes about 3 pounds.
2 c. cooked fresh yellow squash
1/4 c. finely chopped onion
1/3 c. all-purpose flour
2 tbsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
oil for frying
Cook onion and squash till done. Add salt, sugar, pepper. Stir till luke warm and mashed up. Add eggs and flour mixture to make a batter. Drop by 2 tbsp. in hot oil. Cook slow and turn till browned lightly. Will look somewhat like pancakes.
1/2-cup lavender flowers
1/2-cup chamomile flowers or you may use 4 chamomile tea bags
4 drops of ylang-ylang oil and 1 dropper of lavender oil
Mix together and package.
Packaging ideas = Package loose in jars or tin-tie bags and include a reusable muslin bag or two.
The method of using herbal teas is to simmer the herbs for 5 minutes, steep them for 10 minutes, and then pour the mixture directly into the tub through a strainer. This method is very satisfactory. The “tea” is stronger and does a better job, plus the fact the fragrance created by simmering the tea is a beautiful bonus.
I get to miss our Beltane campout again this year because of my health, I’m so down about it and tired of being sick.
All started almost a year ago, I went in for a partial Hysterectomy that turned into a complete one because of the extreme Endometriosis I had. Then a week or so after ended up being re-admitted to the hospital for a post op infection and a fever of 103.5.
Then in June of last year, I had a pain in my side that would not go away and got really bad, so I went to the doctor and was diagnosed with Diverticulitis. From June – October I had about 8 hospital inpatient stays, a colonoscopy, a virtual colonoscopy, many cat scans and was sick most of the time and/or in pain.
Finally in November I had surgery to remove the bad parts of my colon from the Diverticulitis. I ended up with internal bleeding and almost didn’t make it. I had to have 8 pints of blood transfused and the body only holds 8-9!!! A few weeks after I was home I was back in the ER for pain, after a scan it was determined I had an abscess in my abdomen which can happen after a surgery like the Colonectomy. I was left with enough of my colon to avoid me having to have the ostomy bag since I’m only 37 years old. I was re-admitted for the abscess, a drain tube was inserted and I was on IV meds.
Since then, I’ve been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and daily battle aches and pains. A little over a week ago, I got the pain in my side again, so bad I was doubled over and called my husband home from work. He took me again into the ER where yet another CAT Scan was done and it was determined I have the abscess again in abdomen. I was transferred via ambulance to our main hospital and admitted per my surgeon and the ER doc. The plan was to have the Radiology Dept again insert a drain tube and clear this up while I was on IV antibiotics and pain meds. Well, on the morning I was to have the tube inserted, the Radiology department asked for a blood draw to make sure my blood was coagulating correctly. I sat in my room and waited and waited, finally asking the nurse when I was going down. She hadn’t heard so she called, apparently the Radiology Dept felt the abscess is not big enough to drain so it didn’t happen. A day later I was sent home on antibiotics and pain meds and this time oxygen because my O2 sats were low.
So here I am, home a week, still hurting and don’t see the doc until the 7th. Oh forgot to mention, I went in for my mammogram and they found a solid mass, so I now get to go in on the 11th for a same day surgery to remove the mass, they will then test it to determine if it’s benign which I hope or malignant.
Thoughts and prayers are always needed and welcome. I’m so ready to start feeling good and to be able to do the things I used to, to be able to do things like camping and doing things with my family without hurting or being sick. They too have been through way too much with my health.
So, I’m feeling a bit down and I’m to the point where I’m saying enough is enough, I WANT and NEED to get and feel better!
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Banana Marshmallow Squares
1 (18.25 ounce) box yellow cake mix
1/2 cup butter
1 cup nuts, chopped
3 1/4 cups miniature marshmallows
1 small box Instant vanilla pudding
2 ripe bananas, mashed
Crust: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9 x 13-inch baking pan.
In large bowl combine cake mix, butter, eggs and nuts. Blend well. Press 1/2 into bottom of pan; reserve remaining for topping.
Filling: In double boiler, melt marshmallows, stirring constantly, until smooth. Add dry pudding mix and bananas to melted marshmallows. Spread evenly over dough. Crumble remaining dough over filling. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until dough is golden brown.