Happy Full Harvest Moon!
"Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower."
The new season is almost upon us and soon the trees will shed their leaves and prepare for the darker half of the year.
Mabon is the threshold for the darker half of the year. A balance of light and dark, the Autumn Equinox gives us a balance of day and night and is a beautiful reminder of balance and harmony within and without.
This year the Autumn Equinox falls on Sept. 21 or 22nd depending on your location and this Full Moon opens the Mabon portal.
Like the trees, we can prepare and shed our leaves too… anything weighing us down, limiting beliefs, habits or patterns that no longer serve us.
This ceremony will help you shed what no longer fits into your life and help you invoke what you truly desire for the rest of the year and darker half.
The Full Moon Ceremony tonight can be done anytime within the Mabon portal between today, 9/13 to 9/22. You can do the first half of the ceremony tonight on the Full Moon tonight and finish the ceremony on Mabon as well. What does your intuition guide you to do?
Part 1: Shedding Your Leaves
What you need:
Cauldron (or any fire proof container)
Go out on a nature walk and look for hints of Mabon, or the new season, around you and connect with the trees and their wisdom. Bring a basket with you and forage for falling leaves. Ask the trees for their permission to take their leaves and thank them for their gifts. Choose how many leaves call to you. And only choose leaves that have fallen to the ground already.
These leaves represent what is falling away and what you are shedding from your life. Bring these leaves home and light your black candle within your cauldron or the fireproof container. On each leaf, write one thing you are letting go of with the black pen. When you are ready, take each leaf one by one, and light the leaf on fire. let it burn in the cauldron and say this spell with each leaf you burn:
Like a leaf falling to the ground,
I shed ________ (say what is on your leaf)
I burn this away, I am no longer bound.
Keep the ashes in your cauldron and on your altar until you are ready to do the second half of the ceremony. Make sure you burn the black candle down completely before you begin the next half of the ceremony. You can burn it all at once or daily until it is done.
Part 2: Invoking the Spirit of Mabon
Cauldron (same fireproof container)
Mabon Incense (recipe below)
A jar to store the incense
Mortar and pestle (to blend the recipe together)
When you are ready to do the second half of the ceremony, make sure you have the ingredients and everything ready near or on your altar.
Take your cauldron with the ashes and candle wax and go outside and bury them in the ground. You can say this blessing while you do so:
Thank you for the lessons you have held for me
Now I bury the past and set myself free
Bring the cauldron back in and place the white candle in it. Light the candle and call in the Spirit of Mabon to bless your ceremony as you begin to call in your desires and what you want to step into now that you have shed your leaves and the burdens weighing you down. you can say something like this or similar:
I call in the Spirit of Mabon to bless this new season in my life.
Guide my intuition as I seek my desires and embody the lessons I have learned.
With a grateful heart I am ready to thrive and call in this new energy with ease and joy.
May this new season be fruitful and for the Highest Good of all.
With your ingredients and Mortar and Pestle begin to make your Mabon incense, using equal parts or whatever feels good to you.
Mabon incense recipe:
Bay leaves - write blessings and what you are calling in or focusing on until the next Spring Equinox
Any other herbs that feel like Autumn to you (nutmeg, cloves, star anise, etc)
Start with the bay leaves and taking one leaf at a time grind it in the mortar. Say this blessing with each one:
I call in ________ (what is says on the bay leaf) into my space
In this new season I embody this with ease and grace
As you grind and blend the rest of ingredients together, focus on this new season unfolding for you, what you are looking forward to, what you are excited about and what you would do and feel embodying these new energies you are calling in. Infuse the incense with your beautiful intentions for this new season ahead of you!
After you create the incense to your liking, store it in your special container for it and sprinkle some on your white candle. You can also move the white candle out of the cauldron and burn the incense in there. Don’t use all of it today, make sure you have enough to use throughout the season. As the incense is burning say this prayer:
Spirit of Mabon, I offer these sacred herbs with my desires I am ready to claim
Carry my prayers to the heavens with this smoke and flame
I am ready to flow into this new rising energy,
Blessed Mabon! So it is, and so mote it be!
Now you have a beautiful incense with your Mabon blessings and desires infused into it! Keep the rest of your incense and white candle on your altar and every time you light the candle burn the incense and tap into the energy you felt while you were creating it!
We hope you have a beautiful Harvest Moon, Blessed Mabon and new season ahead!
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