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I'm soon to be attending a Mabon ritual and thought I'd do a bit of background reading on it. Looking thro Hutton there is no mention of such a celebration. Does anyone know why this would be as he seems so comprehensive about most things. Is it not considered a very traditional celebration amogst most Pagans?

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It's a wiccan celebration, and many non-Wiccans celebrate it as part of the "eightfold wheel of the year" festivals. theeightfold wheel itself is a recent construct (1950s) and some festivals seem to have been invented by Gardner and Ross to pad it out to make eight.


Recon pagans tend to use our own fetivals, so we may (or may not) do something at this time of the year according to our own religions, or own private observances.


Just because it isn't an ancient pagan festival however, dowsn't mean you can't make it real and meaningful for you. :)

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Some of us were privileged to be invited to a druid Mabon ritual last year.


We had a great day but were a little embarrassed by the generosity of the druids who showered us with little gifts - small candles, sweets, willow wands, cakes etc.. If we're invited again we'll take some apples and other similar items as gifts.

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The name is a relatively new one - goes back as far as '76 - but I can find no referance to it before that.


"Son of" - odd name for festival - why not just call it the Equinox.

I'm certainly aware this is a neopagan additional - and all power to 'em - but I am not at all aware that it is a Wiccan one - it's always been the Equinox.

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I'm going to repeat everybody else and say it's a modern addition. I've seen it Mabon referred to in some druid contexts as well as wiccan. There is a book on Mabon by Caitlin Matthews, which may be of use to you. Note that I'm only saying the book exists and I am not necessarily recommending it. I haven't read it.

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Why talk about the autumn equinox now? We have a summer to enjoy first!


Aiden Kelly sometime in the 1970s decided to call the equinox "Mabon" after Mabon ap Modron a character from Welsh/Irish legend (and also the legend of King Arthur). As above, Mabon translates as "Son of" (or divine son) and Modron is "Divine Mother" so there might be a link to Mother/Son paired Gods - Mabon is probably also linked to Maponos "divine son" who appears to be a God in Northern Britain & Gaul around 200 AD. The Romans interpreted him as Apollo (but as usual you need a pinch of salt with such things)


Why did Kelly pick Mabon for Autumn? I don't know - it doesn't sound very appropriate to me. Enjoy the Autumn Equinox for what it is - a mid point in a beautiful season of the year.



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