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Mabon (Autumn Equinox) Sabbat

Erin

September 21-23

[The Altar and surroundings should be decorated with autumn flowers, leaves, pumpkins and squash, as well as pinecones, leaves, and boughs around the Circle proper. Once the Temple is erected, the Priest and Priestess join in front of the altar and kiss. ]

Covener: Now that the season of plenty draws to its close, let us listen to the words of Rhiannon as she speaks through her Priestess, ___________ here.

[The Priestess spreads her hands toward the people.]

Priestess: My love is ever with my Pagans.
Although the season of plenty draws to a close,
Think not that I forsake you,
For I am with you always.
I watch over you, as does my Consort, The Horned One.
When the dark months descend
Then will Woden hold vigil over you;
As you will over him.
For know you that as Man needs the Gods,
So do the Gods need Man.

[Priestess takes up the Salted Water. The Priest leads the coven members in a dance around the Circle, the Priestess sprinkles them with the water as they pass her. They dance around three times. Priestess replaces the water on the altar.]

Priestess: To the good seasons that have already passed, and to those that are yet to come.

All: Woden and Freya give blessings.

Priest: To the beauty of Autumn and to those good friends we treasure.

All: Woden and Freya give blessings.

Priestess: To Woden and Freya, who bring peace, joy and love to the world.

All: Do we give our blessings.

Priest and Priestess: So be it!

[The ritual of Cakes and Ale should follow. Eventually, when everyone is partied out, the ritual of Closing the Temple should follow.]

© Raymond Buckland, 1970, The Tree.  Used by Permission.

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