Wiccan Mabon / Fall Equinox Sabbat Ritual Guide For Covens
This rite should be held outdoors if possible and the altar appropriately decorated for the season with autumn fruits such as pumpkin and squash, grains such as corn and wheat, as well as with leaves and flowers in red, gold, brown and green. Earthenware cups and bowls should be used to contain water, fresh earth and incense. Wine, cakes and other refreshments should be appropriate to the season. There should be a candle for each person taking part in the ritual. Other candles should encompass the circle. Coveners should bring an offering of thankfulness.
Priestess welcomes all with:
"Friends, I bid you now to strike your lights which you hold for this season of bounty and joy. A season worthy to be celebrated in honor of the God and Goddess."
All light their candles and the Priest and Priestess light the ones surrounding the circle.
Cast The Circle Coveners stand around the altar. First one looks to the left, takes the right hand of the next covener, and says: Hand in hand I cast this circle. Each one repeats the process until we have gone completely around once, back to the beginning. First covener continues:
"The circle is cast. In this time that is not a time, this place that is not a place, this day that is not a day, we stand at the threshold between the worlds."
Close your eyes. Visualize the faces in this circle. As you inhale, draw the energy up from the earth. Hold the breath for a count of three and let the energy fill your heart. Feel it opening as the energy flows into it from the earth. Imagine your heart is a red rose, and as you inhale, feel its petals opening one by one.
Now, as you exhale, send the energy that you are feeling down your left arm and through the palm of your hand into the right hand of the one to your left. This time as you inhale, draw the energy that is coming to you from the one on your right through the palm of your right hand and up your arm into your heart.
Let it fill your heart until you feel it opening and expanding, then send this gift of energy to the one on your left as you exhale.
Continue breathing deeply and fully, using the movement of your breath to send the energy around. Give and receive. Feel the energy moving around and around our circle. In your mind's eye, see the spinning circle of color and light…
Call The Quarters East: "In this sacred Circle we invoke the element of Air in the East. Far winds, blow clean and clear, sweep free through the skies to be with us here. Bring us the fresh breath of Fall. Refresh us after the long Summer. May your winds clear our minds. Prepare us for the birth of a new season. So mote it be!"
South: "In this sacred Circle we invoke the element of Fire in the South. Blessed sun and lands of warmth give comfort and brightness and strength and be with us here. Bring us the brilliant colors of Fall. Warm our hearths and our hearts. Prepare us for the birth of a new season. So mote it be!"
West: "In this sacred Circle we invoke the element of Water in the West. Oceans, lakes and streams, wash clear and bright and fresh and be with us here. Bring us the cool rains of Fall. Wash away the old to prepare our Spirits for the new. Prepare us for the birth of a new season. So mote it be!"
North: "In this sacred Circle we invoke the element of Earth in the North. Mountains, meadows and forests, bring forth life, richness and beauty and be with us here. Bring us the harvest of your soil. Build our Circle in your strength and goodness. Prepare us for the birth of a new season. So mote it be!"
Invoke The God And Goddess Priestess: "We call upon the blessed Lady, queen of the harvest, giver of life, be with us and give us thy joy and beauty. Holy and nurturing Mother Goddess, we join in these rites to honor You in this time of thanksgiving. We invite Your presence with open minds and hopeful hearts."
Priest: "We call upon the Lord of the harvest, sacred King, giver of riches and protection. Be with us here and give us thy strength, laughter and power. Holy and protective Father God, we join in these rites to honor You in this time of thanksgiving. We invite Your presence with open minds and hopeful hearts."
Mabon Celebration Priestess: "This is the time of harvest, of thanksgiving and joy. Now day and night are equal, in perfect balance, and we give thought to the balance and flow in our own lives. The Sun King has become the Lord of Shadows. He sleeps in the womb of the Goddess. Let us now make an offering, a gift of the harvest, to mark here the fullness of the season. Life does fulfill its cycle and leads to life anew. In the eternal chain of life it has stretched and bent but never broken."
Priestess takes an ear of corn and presents it to the heavens: "O great and timeless Goddess, we give thanks for this, the season of the harvest. We can give nothing that is not already thine, yet we ask you to accept with our love this offering."
Priestess takes the corn and offers it to someone in the circle: "That the season of plenty shall return once more, in celebration of life springing ever new from death, I charge you now to bury within the earth this offering we make with love to our Lady."
Priest: "This is a time of joy! Let us now eat and drink and each within ourselves, invite the Gods and Goddesses to be with us here. To enjoy this time of celebration with us now."
All: "We have sown. We have tended. We have grown. We have gathered. We have reaped a good harvest. Goddess, we thank You for Your gifts. God, we thank You for Your bounty."
Each, in turn: "I thank You for _______________." (Each tosses their offering into the fire after naming at least one thing for which s/he is thankful.)
Feast Priest opens the wine and pours cups as Priestess passes out the cakes. This is the time to sing, talk and enjoy.
All: "All life is Your own, All fruits of the Earth. God and Goddess, we thank You For blessings and abundance. Join us, Feast with us, Enjoy with us. Blessed Be!"
Opening The Circle Priest: "Friends, let us now give thanks to the Goddess and the God as this celebration ends. For this time of richness and time of magic and for all given to us with love, we thank you. Watchers call farewell now to the far Quarters!"
East: "Watchtower of the East, element of Air, we thank you for joining our circle and bringing your cooling Winds. Go if you must, stay if you will."
South: "Watchtower of the South, element of Fire, we thank you for joining our circle and bringing the renewing Fires of Fall. Go if you must, stay if you will."
West: "Watchtower of the West, element of Water, we thank you for joining our circle and bringing your healing waters. Go if you must, stay if you will."
North: "Watchtower of the North, element of Earth, we thank you for joining our circle and bringing your strength to our hearts. Go if you must, stay if you will."
Priestess and priest in unison, holding arms aloft in salute: "O Lady of magic and beauty, O King of strength and power, creatures of all wild places and beings of all far realms we give you thanks, love and farewell. Blessed Be!"
All: "Blessed Be! Our Circle is open but never broken. Merry meet, merry part, and merry shall we meet again. Go in peace and love, return in peace and love. Let us keep with us the lessons of life, death, rebirth, and thanksgiving. So mote it be!"
Mabon Incense #1
1 part Benzoin
1 part Myrrh
1 part Honeysuckle Bark
1 part Cinnamon
1 part Vanilla
Mabon Incense #2
2 parts Frankincense
1 part Sandalwood
1 part Cypress
1 part Juniper
1 part Pine
1/2 part Oakmoss or Oakmoss Oil
1 pinch Oak Leaf
Burn this incense during Wiccan ceremonies on Mabon or at that time to attune with the change of the seasons. Also burn to attract its influences, or during spells involving lust, physical strength, competitions, rituals concerning men and so on.