The Spirit’s Edge Shamonial Temple had its in-person Mabon / Autumn Equinox Ritual and Salon on Saturday, September 17. While this online version is a greatly pared down version of our in-person ritual, it is powerful in its own right and will connect you with the greater working of our Temple on Saturday night.
About our Mabon Ritual
At the time of the Autumn Equinox, the sun shines on the equator and the length of day and night is nearly equal. As the sun crosses the “celestial equator,” the hours of darkness slowly begin to increase. It is a time of plenty, harvest and thanksgiving.
The Spirit’s Edge Shamonial Temple has much to celebrate and give thanks for this Mabon 2016! This equinox marks the 4th Anniversary of public rituals for Spirit’s Edge and Saturday night was a beautiful celebration of community and thanksgiving! We honored the incredible growth of our Temple and all of our accomplishments over the past four years.
During this ritual we worked with the Greek pantheon—Demeter and Dionysus. Demeter is known as the Olympian Goddess of Agriculture, Goddess of Grain & Bread, Goddess of the Harvest and a sustainer of life. Dionysus is God of the Vine, God of Wine & God of Fertility. This was a perfect combination for our ritual which focused on sharing blessings for ourselves, for Spirit’s Edge and for the greater Pagan community.
We also had the great honor of participating in the Cauldron of Community that was created at this year’s St. Louis Pagan Picnic in its Opening RItual. The Cauldron, which is a beautiful basket, had a place of honor in the North on a special side altar. During the ritual, our members tied purple ribbons (for Spirit and also for a combination of the three rays of our tradition) to the basket for our wishes of blessing for the greater pagan community. Many thanks to River Higginbothom and Pagan Picnic for this beautiful opportunity!
Our members also received a token in remembrance of the working, which was handcrafted by Alinore Rose, of grain, grape vine and copper in honor of Demeter and Dionysus. They were so beautiful! We also have offered a few for sale in our annual fall fundraiser on our Spirit’s Edge: A Seeker’s Salon group page – just visit the page and ask to join to check it out!
To see all the photos of our altar, the Cauldron of Community, the beautiful tokens and more, please visit our Mabon photo album on our Temple’s Facebook page.
Online Mabon Ritual
You are welcome to perform your ritual at any time, but the exact time of the Autumn Equinox is 9:21 a.m. on Thursday, September 22, CDT.
What you will need:
- Images or representations of Dionysus, Demeter *and* a candle for each (you may print images online if you do not already have representations; you may even use tea lights for their candles), *and*
- A ribbon (purple or lavender if possible, but if not, any color that speaks to you), *and*
- A piece of paper and burning dish *and*
- Your journal or something to write on and a pen.
What to do:
Prepare your altar space with your images of Dionysus & Demeter and your candles, and then prepare yourself and your space according to your preference. You may cast a circle and call the quarters if you would like, but it is not necessary.
Speak from the heart to call Demeter into your space, or you may say:
I call to Demeter, great lady of the land,
Friend of the farmer, sustainer of mankind,
Daughter of deep-hearted Rhea and wily Kronos,
Loving mother of rich-tressed Persephone.
In ancient times were you honored by country folk above all others;
In all the provinces did men and women pray to you and ask your blessing.
Goddess, we see your hand in rows of golden grain,
in heavy-fruited trees, in fields of scarlet poppies blooming amongst the barley, in the passing of seasons, in the fury of a mother wronged.
Demeter, lauded in storied Eleusis
Mistress of those cherished mysteries and sacred rites,
By your might and your compassion do I endure,
do I live my life.
Demeter, I call to you.
I honor you, and I welcome you into our circle tonight!
Hail and Welcome!
(Italicized portion from The Art of Ritual by Rachel Patterson)
Light Her candle.
Speak from the heart to call Dionysos into your space, or you may say:
I call to Dionysos, great god of the vine,
Son of thundering Zeus and headstrong Semele,
Loving husband of warm-hearted Ariadne.
From the east you came, old before the ancients,
Throughout the elder world were you beloved;
In Naxos and Boitia were you celebrated,
In temples and in the savage wilderness,
the fleet-footed maenads running in your wake.
The sweetest, strongest wine is ever your drink;
the mind’s release, the body’s loosening, your gift.
O Dionysos; thyrsus-shaker, ivy-crowned god,
I see you in the shadows,
I see you on the edges,
I see you in the haze of ecstasy, where we know the truth of passion, where we find the essence of our being.
Bacchus, I call to you!
We honor you, and welcome you into our circle tonight!
Hail and Welcome!
(Italicized portion from https://greekpagan.com/tag/bacchus)
Light His candle.
You may wish to meditate with Demeter and Dionysus. While you meditate, hold your ribbon and infuse it with your love, gratitude and blessings. Later you may place your ribbon on your altar or in a place of honor as a remembrance of your working.
- What blessings are you thankful for at this time of the 2nd Harvest and Witches Thanksgiving?
- Consider the seeds you have sewn over the past weeks and months. What are you now ready to harvest into your life?
- What blessings do you wish to receive at this time of the 2nd harvest?
- What blessings do you wish for those close to you? For your community? For the world?
Take a moment to write the blessings you wish for yourself and others on your slip of paper and then read it aloud three times. When you are finished, fold the paper down to a size which will fit in your burning dish, folding toward yourself (symbolic of bringing blessings to you and yours) and then carefully light it and place it into your burning dish, releasing your request to the Gods. After the ash has cooled, you may scatter them in the wind or offer them to the earth.
At this time you may choose to speak words of love and gratitude to Demeter and Dionysus. When you feel you are finished, thank the spirits for their presence in your space and wish them farewell. Then close your circle according to your own tradition.
Be sure to journal your experience and to pay close attention to your dreams, synchronicities and omens that you may receive over the next few weeks in answer to your working of this rite.
May blessings come to you and yours this joyous Autumn Equinox! Blessed Mabon!
Thank you for joining our Spirit’s Edge Shamonial Temple’s Mabon Ritual! We happily encourage you to post photos of your working to share the love of Mabon on our Facebook pages – Spirit’s Edge Shamonial Temple (and “like” and “follow” us there!) and Spirit’s Edge: A Seeker’s Salon (All are welcome to join!).
This ritual was written by Temple Secretary Lindsey Piech, unless noted otherwise, and all rights are reserved. It may be used for your personal use only. If you wish to use this or a variation for a group in the future, please contact Shea Morgan for the Spirit’s Edge Shamonial Temple at firstname.lastname@example.org; this ritual may not be published or used publicly elsewhere without prior written permission and attribution.