Mabon the Second Harvest

We celebrate Mabon at the Fall Equinox.  It is the second harvest and the gathering cycle. Time to put out your cornucopia, dream catcher, and change your altar.

Do you feel the change in the weather?  Does the sun seem to be in a slightly different position then it has been?  Yes, the seasons are changing.

The Autumn Equinox is coming September 22nd, at 9:55 p.m. eastern time and 6:55 p.m. pacific time.  Day and night are equally divided.  The fields are nearly empty because the crops have been plucked over and stored for the winter.

This is a pagan or earth-keepers Thanksgiving. A time of gratitude for all the gifts we have received from the land and mother earth.  Some call this holiday the Witches Thanksgiving.

Give thanks to those who do grow the food in your land.

Mabon Goddess Selu

She is first woman. Goddess of corn and the harvest. Her name is pronounced “say-loo”.  She is mother to all of us.  From her body we are nourished.  Her gift to us is maize, balance, wisdom, and a healthy environment. She came into the world singing from the top of a cornstalk.  A grown woman.  She balances forces and relationships.  She restores wholeness and harmony.  She teaches us adaptability, cooperation, and unites us in our diversity.  Her hope strengthens our will to survive.  She corrects and reweaves broken strands in the web of life that may need repair.

Give thanks to her by leaving our fresh juicy sweet corn for her.

Here are a few items you can make to help you celebrate the season.

Mabon Meade! Here is a quick recipe to make Mabon Meade!

Ingredients:
1/2 lb honey
1 gal of a good white wine
6-7 autumn spice tea bags
1 apple, cut into 4-8 pieces, or a handful of blackberries

Mix honey, wine, teabag’s, and fruit in a large stock pot. Bring to a boil for one minute then simmer for 2-3 minutes. Let cool, and transfer to glass bottles or jars and refrigerate for 3 days. Remove tea bags at your discretion. You may want to strain out any excess pieces of fruit if they are still there.

Apple Mabon Bread

2 ½ cups grated apple 2 cups raisins or crazins (soaked) 1 ½ cups boiling water 3 Tbs oil 1 cup honey or Agave nectar 1 ½ tsp cinnamon 1 ½ tsp allspice 1 ½ tsp salt ½ tsp cloves 3 cups whole wheat flour 1 ½ tsp baking soda ¾ cup chopped nuts.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease two loaf pans and set aside. Combine first 9 ingredients together in a bowl and set aside. In another bowl, mix together the last three ingredients. Add the wet mixture to the flour mixture and mix until combined. Pour into prepared loaf pans and bake for one hour. Let rest on rack until cool. Serve with fresh berry jam.

 

Cornucopia Bread Bake

Use a pizza crust recipe or buy a pizza dough.  Cut into 1 inch strips.  Follow this link to watch my video on how to lay out the strips.  Cook in the oven as directed by the pizza recipe.