There are three main things Mabon (the fall equinox) symbolizes - abundance, thanksgiving, and balance.
In traditional communities, the fall equinox was also known as the "second harvest". Before the cold and dark season, everybody had their last hurrah in the form of thanksgiving celebrations.
Wiccans celebrate Mabon in a similar way. As night and day meet halfway in equal length, so do the "dying" Sun God and the Crone Goddess who is gradually gaining power. As the Wheel of the Year turns once more, the Sun God is reborn and the cycle is complete. There is balance in the world.
This ritual is simply about regaining balance in your life. When you feel that some aspects of your life need to be reviewed and changed, then go to your sacred space - your yard or a favorite quiet spot in the park - and try this easy ritual!
The perfect time would be on Mabon, but any time within the week will also do. Just remember to express your intentions very clearly.
If you're going to perform the ritual in your yard, you can choose to temporarily transfer your altar tools outside. If you choose to do it in a location apart from your home, you can look around for representations of the 4 elements.
Once your space is set up, it's time to cleanse your space by smudging. You can try using a sage and sweetgrass smudge stick. After that, cleanse and ground yourself.
Cast your circle and invite the Guardians of the Elements, the God, and Goddess into your circle.
Recite this prayer, or something similar:
On this day, light and dark dance in perfect harmony.
Winter will be coming in all certainty.
But before cold and darkness blanket the Earth,
I call upon the powers of the Four Elements.
Balance my life, as in the time of my birth.
On your Book of Shadows, list down the things in your life that have been thrown out of balance. Is there a person you know who is toxic? Perhaps you want to end your relationship with that person. Or do you need to say goodbye to a bad habit?
Really search inside your mind and heart. Try to be brutally honest with yourself and recognize an area of your life that needs its balance restored.
Once you're done writing these down, place your Book of Shadows beside the bowl of salt or soil. Then, pour some of the salt or soil onto your hands. Be mindful of how it feels on your palms. With your eyes closed, visualize the following: You are a tree, with long roots reaching deep into the earth. Then, think of the positive qualities associated with the element of Earth (for example: nurturing, reliable, etc.) and meditate on them. Imagine that you are absorbing these qualities.
Repeat this step for each element in the following order: Earth, Air, Fire, and Water.
After this, hold the Book of Shadows in your hand and read your list aloud. Call upon each of the Four Elements to grant your prayer.
The prayer should go something like:
“Element of ____ , I call upon you to bless me with ______ (positive quality). I want to bring balance into my life, and your blessing will prove a great contribution."
Do this step for each element.
After this, hold your offering in your hands and say a short prayer of thanks, such as:
“Elements of Earth, Air, Fire and Water, as an expression of my gratitude, I humbly offer this ________ (what kind of offering). My heartfelt thanks for your outpouring of grace."
Place your offering at the cardinal points. Then, thank each element for the positive quality that you are praying for.
As the ritual draws to a close, remember to thank your God, Goddess, and the Four Elements. Open your circle and ground yourself.
You may also record your experience in your Book of Shadows for future reference.
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