Mabon is the autumn equinox and falls between 21-24 September. This is a relatively new name for the ancient Meán Fómhair that is sometimes known as the Harvest Home day and close to the Feast of the Ingathering.
Pagans celebrate Mabon as the first of the three annual harvest festivals, with the second being Lammas (Lughnasadh) and Samhain being the third. Essentially it is the Witches’ Thanksgiving.
Apples are abundant this time of year, and my song pick for this entry is The Andrews Sisters “Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree.”
For my Mabon Sabbat, I wanted the menu to be centered on seasonal squash, pumpkins, root vegetables, and apples with lots of colour and high comfort. Here is what I came up with:
Creamy kale soup with unpeeled red potatoes, spicy sausage, onions, garlic, herbs, vegetable stock, and heavy cream.
Stuffed acorn squash with caramelized onions, quinoa, spinach, apples, garlic, rosemary, and cream cheese
Pumpkin curry with coconut milk, Thai chilies from my garden, green peas, broccoli, cauliflower, garbanzo beans, onions, ginger, and lemongrass, over jasmine rice.
Brussels sprouts with bacon, aminos, and black pepper
A friend made these Deviled eggs- one set is bloody mary and the other was full of herbs.
In previous years, I have baked other stuffed items such as butternut squash with quinoa, sausage, and cheese as well as apples stuffed with steel cut oats, cinnamon, maple, and honey. It’s just the right time for treats like that.
In lieu of an altar, I led a group smudging ritual and shared my knowledge of materials, procedures, and intent. We talked about different herbs, resins, woods, and how/when to use each one, etc. It was one of the first few times I have felt comfortable teaching in this field and I had a great time.
The Dark Secret of Harvest Home is a 1978 horror film with lots of Mabon imagery and references, chock-full of over the top false witchlore and stereotypical misunderstandings. I have not been able to watch it in its entirety but here is a link to a very poor quality Youtube version.