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Mabon Sabbat – All you need to know about the Witches’ Thanksgiving celebration

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Mabon Sabbat marks the Autumnal Equinox on the Wheel of the Year, the date when the position of the planet in relation to the Sun is perfectly balanced and the length of day and night is equal. It is a moment of balance and thanksgiving for all the existing abundance.

It is a moment of balance and also to be thankful for all the existing abundance. Mabon represents the second and last harvest of the year. The preparations for the winter start now! Mabon is also known as the Witches’ Thanksgiving.

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Wheel of the Year - Mabon Sabbat
  • Northern Hemisphere: September 21st or 22nd
  • Southern Hemisphere: March 21st or 22nd
  • Colors: Brown, Green, Yellow and Red

In this period, the Goddess reaches her old age and announces that the beginning of her saddest and darkest phase, the Samhain Sabbat, is coming. During Mabon, it is celebrated the abundance of the harvests that are coming to an end.

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Wheel of the Year: Mabon Sabbat and the second crop

The Mabon Sabbat is the time of the Wheel of the Year when the second harvest is made. The Autumnal Equinox marks a balance between day and night, and winter is approaching again.

The Sun God who sacrificed himself on the Lughnasadh Sabbat is still alive only in the harvest. The Goddess, who is still in her Mother’s face, begins to adopt her Old face and already regrets the absence of the God since she knows that her definitive death is approaching in Samhain.

The Mabon Sabbat is an excellent time to be grateful for all that the Goddess and the Sun God provided during the year. This harvest will serve for great feasts where the Gods will be honoured. The most common holiday to celebrate Mabon is Thanksgiving.

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Wheel of the Year: Mabon Sabbat and the Beginning of the End

Quite present in the Celtic culture and therefore in Wicca, the cycle of birth, growth, death and rebirth is fundamental.

Wheel of the year - Mabon Sabbat - Autumnal Equinox

The Mabon Sabbat is a time of balance in which we must think about everything that has happened during the year and make new plans for the future. Besides, it is also a moment to celebrate the abundance generated by the second and last harvest. The Cornucopia, symbol of abundance that also represents the Goddess Demeter, is associated with this Sabbat quite a lot.

As it is quite common in the Autumn, the green leaves begin to dry and fall from the trees, as if everything was dying. This Sabbat is also a warning that all the energy and strength of the Sun God is vanishing and he will have to return to his Goddess Mother’s womb, that is, difficult days are to come.

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Now that you know about Mabon Sabbat, you can also read about Mabon Rituals.

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You can also read about the other Sabbats which are part of the Wheel of the Year:

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General FAQ

What is Mabon Sabbat?

Mabon is the Sabbat which represents the second and last harvest. It’s also known as Witches’ Thanksgiving.

What happens during Mabon?

Part of the harvest is shared as a feast. The other part is saved for winter.

When is Mabon?

Mabon happens during the Autumnal Equinox, around September 22nd.

What is an Autumnal Equinox?

Autumnal Equinox is the moment in which Sun and Earth are perfectly aligned according to the Equator. Due to this, day and night have exactly the same duration. This also marks the end of Summer and beginning of Autumn.

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