Mabon Sabbat. Mabon is a Sabbat on the Wheel of the Year. It is the second harvest celebration, after Lammas and before Samhain. It occurs at the same time as the autumnal equinox and honors the Goddess who becomes the Crone.
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Since Mabon is upon us I thought this post would be a great addition for the community and a fun little thing to read and think about! Mabon marks the time of the Autumn Equinox and is the time where the days and nights are of equal length in their number of hours. This also represents the balance between the light of the summer months and the darkness of the coming winter. Mabon is also known as the second harvest of the year and the Witches Thanksgiving. This holiday is one where we give thanks not only to the harvest, but for the people in our lives as well as the blessings of our magickal workings that we have put so much energy towards. There are many ways to celebrate this holiday and we will get to that later on in this post. Now we will talk about a story that is associated with this time of year and the changing of the seasons. I know there plenty of different stories all over the world but I'm only going to mention the most widespread one. Many people know the story of Persephone's abduction and the result of the story.
Every fall, as Thanksgiving rolls around, some people wonder if they should have some sort of religious objection to the holiday; often people feel like objecting to Thanksgiving serves as a protest of the treatment of Native Americans by their white ancestors. However, this celebration of giving thanks isn't a religious holiday at all, it's a secular one. To many people, rather than the whitewashed version of happy pilgrims sitting around with their Native friends eating corn cobs, Thanksgiving represents oppression, greed, and cultural annihilation of Native Americans. If you consider Thanksgiving a celebration of ongoing genocide , it's pretty hard to feel good about chowing down on your turkey and cranberry sauce. Since Thanksgiving isn't a religious observation — it's not a Christian holiday, for example — many Pagans don't see it as objectionable from a spiritual perspective. In fact, the observation of Columbus Day is a lot more troubling to many people than the Thanksgiving celebration.
Each year on the fourth Thursday in November, Americans gather for a day of feasting, football and family. The Native Americans and the Pilgrims were at constant war with each other; meaning it was bloodshed not brotherhood that brought these communities together. The Pilgrims were not just innocent refugees from religious persecution. They were victims of bigotry in England, but some of them were themselves religious bigots by our modern standards. The Wampanoag were members of a widespread confederacy of Algonkian-speaking peoples known as the League of the Delaware. For six hundred years they had been defending themselves from my other ancestors, the Iroquois, and for the last hundred years they had also had encounters with European fishermen and explorers but especially with European slavers, who had been raiding their coastal villages. They knew something of the power of the white people, and they did not fully trust them. But their religion taught that they were to give charity to the helpless and hospitality to anyone who came to them with empty hands. Also, Squanto, the Indian hero of the Thanksgiving story, had a very real love for a British explorer named John Weymouth, who had become a second father to him several years before the Pilgrims arrived at Plymouth. To the Pilgrims the Indians were heathens and, therefore, the natural instruments of the Devil.