Wednesday October 04, 2006 02:56:58 PM -0400
The Autumnal Equinox divides the day and night equally. Let us take a moment to pay our respects to the impending dark and give thanks to the waning sunlight as we store our harvest of this year's crops.
The Druids call this celebration, Mea'n Fo'mhair, and honor the The Green Man, the God of the Forest, by offering libations to trees. Offerings of ciders, wines, herbs and fertilizer were appropriate at this time. Wiccans celebrate the aging Goddess as she passes from Mother to Crone, and her consort the God as he prepares for death and re-birth.
There are various other names for this Lesser Wiccan Sabbath: The Second Harvest Festival; Wine Harvest; Feast of Avalon; Equinozio di Autunno (Strega); Alben Elfed (Caledonii); or Cornucopia. The Teutonic name, Winter Finding, spans a period of time from the Sabbath to Oct. 15th, Winter's Night, which is the Norse New Year.
The Story of Mabon
In Celtic mythology, Mabon ("young man") was the son of Modron. He was a hunter god that was stolen from his mother three days after his birth. He then lived in Annwn until he was rescued by Culhwch. Because of his time in Annwn, Mabon stayed a young adult forever.
He later assisted Culhwch in his search for Olwen. Culhwch had been arranged to marry his own stepsister, but he refused. Angry, his stepmother cursed him to marry no one but Olwen. Olwen's father, Ysbaddaden, was a vicious monster that would die if he was separated from his daughter. After many trials and tribulations, Culwch succeeded and gained Ysbaddaden's powers and life.
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