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Mabon Greeting?


Amanda George
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Me again!

 

How do you phrase the Mabon greeting please? Is it "Merry Mabon" or "happy Mabon" or "Mabon greetings" or "have a blessed Mabon" or something else please?

 

For example it's "happy Easter" and "merry Christmas" - what is the Pagan equivalent please?

 

Thank you!

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I usually just say blessed Mabon/Samhain/Yule/Imbolc/Ostara/Beltane/Litha/Lughnasadh

 

Like Moonhunter said, the festivals I mentioned are very much Wiccan festivals (usually). Other Pagan paths celebrate other festivals, and some pagans don't. It depends more on what you wish to do on your own path - what you want, not what you feel you have to do.

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Invented/created in the late twentieth century as a festival. "Mabon" may be a Celtic god - the construction, with the -on ending is right. I have no idea who the god is and why he was chosen to represent an autumn festival. :P

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.... so who is Madron? Someone to do with wells, but one and the same or distinct?

 

Try this about Mabon. the trouble is, of course, that the fesitvals in the wheel are all over the place:

  • Imbolc is only attested in irish Celtic practices only
  • Vernal equinox is a modern thing to make the wheel number eight festivals
  • Beltane was attested to in Irish Celtic practices.. but it probably had the name Cetshamaine and we don't know how it was celebrated
  • Summer solstice has a fair amount of evidence for being celebrated among the Heathens and by Gaulish Celtic peoples...but not in what is now the UK.
  • Lughnasadh looks to be a bit of late - possibly 16th century or older - Irish folklore, though it might have been a genuine pre-Christian festival in Wales. Not enough evidence to prove things one way or another.
  • Autumn equinox/mabon - modern creation to make 8 festivals. Mabon plucked from Welsh mythology.
  • Samhain - some evidence for it both in ireland and Gaul...but not, IIRC, in Wales.
  • Yule was heavily celebrated among the Heathens but IIRC no evidence it was celebrated by the Celts.

Having said that, Gerald Gardner (who created Wicca) and Ross Nichols (who created OBOD druidry) obviously put in some research to create the wheel, and it is celebrated by many pagans who were neither wiccans nor OBOD druids, and gives a great deal of satisfaction to many people as a religious framework. Oh, and a great excuse for eight parties during the year! ;)

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.... so who is Madron? Someone to do with wells, but one and the same or distinct?

 

 

[*]Samhain - some evidence for it both in ireland and Gaul...but not, IIRC, in Wales.

[*]Yule was heavily celebrated among the Heathens but IIRC no evidence it was celebrated by the Celts.

 

What is IIRC, please?

 

 

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.... so who is Madron? Someone to do with wells, but one and the same or distinct?

 

 

[*]Samhain - some evidence for it both in ireland and Gaul...but not, IIRC, in Wales.

[*]Yule was heavily celebrated among the Heathens but IIRC no evidence it was celebrated by the Celts.

 

What is IIRC, please?

Thanks for asking! I never know what those abreviations mean :-)

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"Mabon" seemed to arrive from America relatively recently and was not part of any Wiccan that I knew from way-back-when I became a witch and was subsequently intitiated into the Craft. For us, the festival is Autumn Equinox .... end of ......... :)

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I think we need a new Heathen version - if they can make up Mabon..then we need something too

 

I propose the festival of Lagerfest

 

a Sumbel of course :o_youpi: :o_youpi:

 

traditional greeting of "Whatsyours" countered with "Minesapint"

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a new age ceremony to the great god Grolsh and his consort Stella... of the Heine-kin who dwell in the halls of Carlsberg (possibly)

 

am waiting for the lightning bolts to hit again

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How about the festival to honour the god Edradour together with his consort Abhainn Dearg of the Red River, who dwell in the halls of Pot Stills. i could get into that.

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I'm not involved with Wicca anymore but "Mabon" still pops into my head around autumn equinox time. I did some research after I moved away from Wicca and if I remember rightly Mabon is a character in Welsh myth who was stolen from his mother when he was three nights old but I'm not sure why the Wiccan autumn equinox was named after him.

 

Many Celtic Recons and historians think the Mabon character of the myths derives from Maponos, the Ancient Celtic god, "the Great Son" or "Son of the Great Mother". Obviously the festival Mabon doesn't exist outside of some Wicca/Wicca-influenced paths but no reason an eclectic or a Celtic-influenced path couldn't incorporate Maponos at the time of the equinox. Might make sense, if one also thought in terms of the maiden-mother-crone and the literal aspect of motherhood.

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well I'm going to have a large Jaegermeister and say aloud - any of you bastards listening - cheers

 

that's about as ceremonial I get

 

may your god stand between you and harm in all the dark places where you have to walk

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