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Mabon* Autumn Equinox Ceremony

The Autumn Equinox, also known by our pagan ancestors as Mabon, is when there are equal parts light and dark, as the day and night are nearly the same in length.

 

Therefore, Mabon is a time of BALANCE: where there is both still the high expanded energy from summer and an internal shifting occurring to begin the contraction of energy into the home and hearth as we shift towards winter.

 

GATHER: This is a time for both celebration with gratitude and taking stock of harvests. Create a Mabon potluck feast to celebrate with friends and family. Invite everyone to bring abundance from their gardens, farmers markets and home-cooked dishes to share the abundance of produce together.  (As Covid is present this Mabon, please take precautions for social distancing during gatherings or have your feast via Zoom/online video call).

 

CEREMONY: While feasting, go around the circle at the table and:

  1. Express your favorite stories from the summer and what you are grateful for.
  2. Share what you would like to focus your energy on during Autumn season.

 

MABON ALTAR: If hosting a gathering, you may want to gather fresh local fruit, flowers, leaves and acorns.

 

ACTIVITIES: Support a local food shelter. Ask your potluck attendees to bring additional food to donate to the local food shelter. Allow the abundance overflow to support others!

HARVEST FEAST RECIPES: Apples represent wisdom and knowledge and are in season!

Juice local apples with lemon + ginger and serve in a pitcher.

Gluten-Free Apple Crisp {Dairy-Free}

Ingredients

  • 8 pink lady or local apples, peeled/cored and thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup or liquid Lakanto monkfruit (sugar-free)
  • 1 tablespoon arrowroot powder

Oat-Almond Topping:

  • 1 cup gluten-free oats
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • ½ cup coconut sugar or 1/3 cups powdered Lakanto Monkfruit (sugar-free)
  • 1 teaspoon ginger, grated
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup coconut oil or butter, melted

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Grease the bottom and sides of 8×11 inch baking dish.
  2. Thinly slice apples in a food processor or mandolin.
  3. Combine the sliced apples, lemon juice, maple syrup, and arrowroot powder in a bowl and toss to combine. Pour into the baking dish.
  4. In another bowl, combine the oats, almond flour, coconut sugar, grated ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt and vanilla extract. Once mixed, add coconut oil and mix.
  5. Crumble mixture on top of baking dish.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, cover, and continue to bake until the apples are tender, about 15 more minutes.
  7. Cool for 20 minutes, before serving. Enjoy with vanilla ice-cream such as Coconut Bliss!

 

Not familiar with the 8 Wheel of the Year?

 

There are 8 main holidays that are celebrated:

+Spring Equinox (first day of spring) March 20th– 22nd

+Beltane (halfway point between spring and summer) April 30th-May 1st  

+Summer Solstice (first day of summer) June 20th– 22nd

+Lughnasad (halfway point between summer and fall) Aug. 1st   

+Autumn Equinox (first day of fall) Sept 21st-23rd

+Samhain (halfway point between fall and winter) Oct 31st -Nov. 1st

+Winter Solstice: Yule (first day of winter) on Dec. 20th– 22nd

+Imbolc (halfway point between winter and spring) Feb 1st– 2nd

 

Blessings to you!

Allie, @moderngoddesslifestyle

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