Wiccan Mabon / Fall Equinox Sabbat Solitary Ritual Guide
Decorate the altar with acorns, oak sprigs, pine and cypress cones, ears of corn, wheat stalks and other fruits and nuts. Also place there a small rustic basket filled with dried leaves of various colors and kinds. Sweep area, moving in a deosil (clockwise) manner. Outline your Circle with a red cord, low vibration stones, or various Harvest items such as wheat, corn, beans, etc. Set up your altar and place the red altar cloth over it. At center top, place the basket of dried leaves. Place an apple and the boline on your Pentacle or a plate. Place the rest of your tools according to your personal preference. Take a shower or bath for purity. Sit quietly and meditate to ground and center. When you are ready, begin by playing some soothing music associated with the Sabbat and your ritual.
Cast the Circle and call Quarters... Pick up your Wand in your right hand, face your altar, and with arms stretched out above your head, say:
"I honor Thee, Autumn Queen, and Thy consort, the God of the Harvest. The Wheel has once more turned, and the change of season begins. What will be is. What was will be. The Equinox is upon us, and the time to reflect, at hand. All time comes together, here and now in this sacred space. And I, but a moment in time, feel the change as I pass from one season to the next. The Second Harvest has been reaped, and the time of rest is deserved. Go now My Mother and slumber. Go now My Father and dream of re-birth. I shall be here to greet Thee on Your return."
Stand before the altar, holding aloft the basket of leaves, and slowly scatter them so that they cascade to the ground within the circle. Say such words as these:
"Leaves fall, The days grow cold. The Goddess pulls her mantle of Earth around Her As You, O Great Sun God, sail toward the West To the land of eternal enchantment, Wrapped in the coolness of night. Fruits ripen, Seeds drip, The hours of day and night are balanced. Chill winds blow in from the North wailing laments. In this seeming extinction of nature's power, O Blessed Goddess, I know that life continues. For spring is impossible without the second harvest, As surely as life is impossible without death. Blessings upon you, O Fallen God, as you journey into The lands of winter and into the Goddess' loving arms."
Place the basket down and say:
"O Gracious Goddess of all fertility, I have sown and Reaped the fruits of my actions, good and bane. Grant me the courage to plant seeds of joy and love in The coming year, banishing misery and hate. Teach me the secrets Of wise existence upon the planet. O luminous one of the night!"
With arms still out-stretched lower your head and close your eyes. Contemplate what you have just spoken. When ready, open your eyes and lower your arms. Pick up the apple and place it in the center of the Pentacle/plate. Cut it crosswise with the Boline, to reveal the natural pentagram at its core. Then lift half the apple, pentagram up, as if in offering, while saying:
"As the Wheel turns, the seasons pass, and the years give way to the next, Guide me most Wise Ones, Lest I forget Every beginning has an ending And every ending is a new beginning."
Take a bite of the apple. Put the rest aside to share later with the wildlife. Close your eyes and feel the seasons pass within the circle from summer to autumn. When ready, say:
"As the days grow colder, and the nights last longer, May I remember the summer past. With sunlight fading, and hearth inviting, My memories will warm my soul. From a season of hard work and hard play, I hear Mother's voice calling me forward. While I rest, shall She lull me, with songs of a dream, As close to Her bosom I cling.
Between the worlds I stand in this sacred place. All time is here and now. As I leave this circle, the season shall have changed, And I will have changed with it. May I use the short time of Winter Finding To draw the strength and power from within As I quest for vision, understanding, and peace."
Pick up the Bell with your right hand, and ring thrice, to toll the passing of the first 3 seasons of the year. Now place it in your left hand and ring once to usher in the 4th and last season of the year. Place the bell on the altar.
"In Life is Death, and in Death is Life. The Sacred Dance goes on and on From whence we came, we shall return, And come again. Seasons pass, and pass again, The circle stays unbroken Heed the words of your child, here, Through Your wisdom I have spoken."
It is now time for meditation and spell working. Associated spell workings would include those for protection, wealth, security, and self-confidence. If there is no spell working, celebrate with Cakes and Ale, then release the Circle.
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.