Planning for a solitary Mabon ritual this Fall Equinox? This elegant format is customizable for an experience that’s uniquely yours.
If you want to take a deep dive into this Sabbat, take at least a few days to prepare for the ritual below.
The ideas that follow help to focus your intention and create a structure for a genuine, full celebration experience.
Let’s get started.
Certainly, make room for spontaneity in your rituals. Flexibility and spur-of-the-moment ideas create an atmosphere of playfulness and joy.
But thoughtful, well-intentioned preparation for ritual makes all the difference.
A rough outline prevents you from standing there, scratching your head and wondering why you dragged yourself and a basket of ritual supplies into your backyard.
Choose something autumn-y to mark your circle with.
Of course, you don’t need to mark your circle with anything for this Mabon ritual. You can simply visualize a ring of light or fire or whatever you want.
But marking it with seasonal items really elevates the atmosphere and conveys the spirit of the season. Any of the following are appropriate ideas:
Select something to meditate on, sing or read aloud.
Some people feel super silly reading aloud or singing to themselves when alone.
I understand. Frankly, it is a little awkward. But you get used to it.
And if it really just isn’t your jam, silence is also beautiful. But it does help to have something to focus your intentions on, so even if you read it silently, consider selecting a passage during your ritual. Try:
-A poem about the autumn season.
-Song lyrics about transition or abundance.
-Simple version of one of the myths of Mabon.
-Something you wrote yourself.
-A chant appropriate to the fall season.
Decide what to put on your altar.
If you plan to use an altar for your Mabon ritual, decide what meaningful things to put on it or what you need to complete your ritual.
All of the items listed in the section about marking your circle are also appropriate items for a Mabon altar.
In addition, consider including:
-A cornucopia basket filled with harvest vegetables or fruit.
Before you set off on your ritual, stick something baked in your basket to ground and center at the end of your ritual.
Always feel free to just pick something up at the bakery if you’re short on time, but any time you can go the extra mile and actually make something from scratch, you impart your energy to the ritual.
I love making something with fall ingredients, like these Mabon bourbon apple hand pies.
Gather everything you need.
Before you head off to create your ritual, make sure you have everything you need.
This may seem obvious, but I always forget something!
My most common mistake is forgetting a lighter for candles an incense. Make sure you have:
-Whatever you plan to mark the circle with (if anything).
-What you plan to read or meditate on.
-Your baked item for grounding and centering.
-Whatever you want on your altar.
Step 1: Set up your altar.
Whenever possible, I try to choose a naturally occuring surface for my altar.
Tree stumps and large stones work nicely. But barring that, a simple wood stool works well.
Arrange everything until it looks pleasing to you.
Step 2: Clear the energy.
After you set up your altar, take a moment to clear the energy in your ritual space.
You can do this any way you want according to your preference or tradition, but I really love making herbal bundles with fall items like dried orange peel and allspice and burning it to smoke things out a little.
Step 3: Cast your circle.
Make sure to cast a circle large enough to accomodate you, your altar and your ritual tools.
Keep it simple or make it super elaborate. Your call.
There are lots of creative ways to cast a circle.
Pick one and go with the flow.
Step 4: The “meat” of the ritual.
Whatever you decided to make the focus of the ritual, do that now.
Could be a reading from a passage, scripture, mythology or a poem.
Or maybe you want to meditate on the bounty of your blessings in the context of the harvest season.
Perhaps you have an abundance spell you want to cast.
Whatever you want focus your energy on this Equinox, do that now.
Step 5: Ground and center.
Once you feel you completed your objective for this Sabbat, take some time to ground and center.
Feel free to indulge in whatever baked good you brought with you, or partake in an appropriate ritual wine.
Step 6: Close the circle.
Finish by closing the circle. This is most simply done by reversing the procedure you did to open the circle.
So, for example, if you walked clockwise around the perimeter to open the circle, walk counterclockwise to close it.
Remove any physical boundaries you created to mark your circle, gather your ritual supplies and thank yourself for this time spent in your sacred space.