Celebrate Mabon

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I love everything about this time of the year when day and night are brought into balance with the Autumnal Equinox. All our endeavours in the garden have come to fruition (hopefully). Some things have done better than others. This year, in my garden, we have had a bumper crop of runner beans and tomatoes. The tomatoes have been slow to ripen, as usual, because the sun has been hiding but indoors, on the window sill, the tomatoes are happy to turn red and we have been enjoying their fruitful taste for a few weeks now.

The blackberries are also ripe and tasty.

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The harvest moon is one of the most splendid things we can ever hope to see, isn’t it. It hangs in the night sky like a great big heavy ball, full of abundance and ready to pop. Who could not wonder at such a spectacle.

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I think that at this time of the year we all have an overwhelming urge to thank somebody for all this abundance, but who to thank? God is the obvious choice, but are there many Gods? After all, there are many Saints and we can pray to which ever one we choose depending on our circumstances.  When I took up Wicca as my main religious interest, I took a deeper look at the Gods of old, of whom there are many. Whilst retaining the God I was brought up to worship, I no longer see him/her as the only one. I am drawn to the Goddess Freya, a Norse Goddess who seems to call to me sometimes. Perhaps it is my Viking roots, who knows.

‘Freyja : Sometimes known as Freya or Frea, was the daughter of the sea god Njord in Germanic mythology and sister of Freyr. She was an important fertility goddess and a member of the Vanir, one of the two branches into which the Germanic gods were divided. After a war, the Vanir seem to have been supplanted by the younger Aesir, who were led by odin.  When peace was agreed between the two sides, Njord went with Freyr and Freyja to Asgard, where they lived with the Aesir as a token of friendship.’ taken from The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Mythology by Arthur Cotterell and Rachel Storm.

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I think the most important thing about harvest time is that we must share what we have with others less fortunate than ourselves. We mustn’t keep it all but spread it around. Spread the love too. We all need it. Most of us have something in our lives which is giving us trouble. Perhaps if we share the trouble, it will lessen and not be such a burden on our shoulders. I need to take my own advice for even in my idyllic world there is trouble. My eldest son has recently lost his home and finds himself homeless, living on a beach in the south of England and this is giving me a lot of grief. Many times in the past he has returned home to the cottage but it never lasts. He no longer wants to live with his aging parents and we, for our part, need a quieter life now. He cannot find work and he has no proper address. It all seems very hopeless and yet when I look at the fruits of nature, I think that maybe tomorrow or the day after, the fruits of his life will appear and he will be whole again. He has troubles in his mind and these are very hard to cure, if not impossible. The troubles are not visible. If he was missing a leg, people would feel sorry for him, but when there is nothing to see, the help doesn’t come. We all turn away because none of us knows how to cope with it. His situation has done untold damage to the family in general and to those other people who love him too.

So back to Mabon, this time of celebration. A time of stability perhaps and a link to the past when we all lived in smaller communities and it was incumbent on us to help our neighbours. In this day and age many of us don’t even know who are neighbours are.

I refuse to be discouraged in my life and will carry on as if all is well. Perhaps if I do that, I can sow seeds of happiness for the future. In the Wiccan year, we are also coming up to New Year, which starts after Halloween. It is a good time to be thankful and look to the future.

I wish you all a joyous Mabon.

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10 thoughts on “Celebrate Mabon

  1. “I think the most important thing about harvest time is that we must share what we have with others less fortunate than ourselves.”………..

    I so agree… I love sharing our food, we always grow much more than we need.. And have given away to neighbours and family and friends.. Its good to Give.. Loved reading your facts about celebrating Mabon. and agree with you also no matter what is being pot rayed around us we have to carry on as if all is well, Spreading love, kindness and showing we care helps bring the harvest of Harmony to Mankind.. 🙂 Beautiful post Oma.. Thank you xx

  2. I am so sorry to hear of your son’s troubles, Star. I know you are right about sharing with others. It’s a wonderful time of the year, isn’t it? I enjoyed learning about Mabon, too. 🙂

    • Thank you D-jan. It’s really difficult here right now. He’s 40 years old now and it really is time he stood on his own but we hate to see him suffer. I know how vulnerable he is. When I look at him all I see is my lovely little boy. I know I am lucky, very lucky to have a son, but he has many troubles and problems and no-one seems to be able to help.

  3. I’m so sorry to hear about your son. You’re right about the missing leg – unfortunately when people can’t see an injury, they just don’t understand it. Sending you strength and big hugs xxx

  4. How truly hard it must be to keep from getting overwhelmed by your son’s dilemmas. Along with the theme of your posting about Mabon, my thought is his soul is learning so much. My prayer is that the Goddesses will bless him and help him find a way to live a better life now in this world. I also have several major disorders that are hidden, yet have affected me every day of my life (I am now 67 years old).

    When I lived in San Diego, California, during the winters a lot of homeless people would find their way there (because they wouldn’t freeze there). Whenever the newspaper would have an article about the homeless and those who have found their way out of it, the person would say: “I was homeless for 10 years and then one day I decided I didn’t want to be homeless anymore.” Hopefully one day soon, he will be able to make this kind of decision for himself.

    Sending you much love and hugs – Hester

    • Thank you for your lovely message Hester. It is true that in the end we are each responsible for our own destiny. The hardest thing for me to accept is that all of my adult life, all I wanted to do was be the ‘perfect mum’. Of course, there is no such thing but I tried. I tried really hard. I gave up a good career, stayed at home for fifteen years to bring up my three sons and we went without many luxuries and some necessities. All that was done willingly and for the sake of the children. Was it all a waste of time? Maybe. Two out of three of my children have been successful. Perhaps I should be happy with that and yet, like Jesus and the lost lamb, it is my lost lamb that concerns me the most. Prayer does help a lot, whether it is to one God or many. I will pray to anyone who will listen, just to get my son back on the right path.

  5. Life was so much more straightforward when we were starting out. Get good marks at school. Pass your examinations. Go to college. Get your qualifications – after all that, no one can take them away from you. But that was then.

    Now, such qualifications are no longer a guarantee that you will succeed, or have a job for life. Those who are labelled successful need to have a streak of ruthlessness, as well as the strength to accept rejection; pick themselves up and be prepared to start over again. This becomes more and more difficult as you get older.

    My own daughter has re-qualified in her early fifties. My son, a Cambridge PhD is facing the same possibility of crisis at fifty-five. Both have many friends who are facing similar worries. Qualifications can become a problem when you are considered too qualified for the job you are chasing.

    I sympathise with the urge to shelter one’s young, and the knowledge that your children are no longer part of your life as you want/need to live it. They cannot play by those rules any more – neither can you. It is a recipe for great unhappiness for everyone and the powers that be seem in no hurry to solve it except with the gun in foreign affairs, and ever more restrictive measures at home.
    Politicians and bureaucrats are very good at telling us what to do, but have no compunction in breaking the rules themselves.

    • That’s very true Maureen. It also helps to be a ‘people person’ and if you’re not, then the road to success can be harder to follow. My son would be the first to admit that his plight is largely his own fault, but it isn’t quite so simple as that. He was an ace student until he went on to further education. Then in his first year he was mugged and had his means of transportation stolen. After he recovered from that he caught glandular fever and was ill for ten months and so on and so on… He seems to be a bit of a Jonah. Where success comes easily to some people, it doesn’t to him. The real ace in his deck is his guitar playing at which he is excellent, but these days it is hard to find a career in that. Everything else comes second to his music. He is a dreamer, a musician and finds it very hard to live a ‘normal’ life if there is such a thing.
      Also these days we can no longer expect a job for life. Jobs, if you can find them, are often temporary with few benefits.
      I hope that your offspring find success where they want it.

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