MABON SABBAT – The thanksgiving of Witches and Pagans!

Mabon Sabbat marks the Autumnal Equinox on the Wheel of the Year.

This date is 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.

Mabon precedes Samhain, the final Sabbat, and happens after Lughnasadh, the first harvest.

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  • Northern Hemisphere: September 21st or 22nd
  • Southern Hemisphere: March 21st or 22nd
  • Colors: Brown, Green, Yellow and Red

The abundance of the harvests that are coming to an end are celebrated now in Mabon.

Mabon Sabbat - The Wheel of the year

Mabon Sabbat and the second harvest

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.

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 honored. The most common holiday to celebrate Mabon is Thanksgiving.

Mabon Sabbat - The Second Harvest

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.

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.

Mabon Sabbat and the Cornucopia

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.

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

Sabbats and the Wheel of the Year

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

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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