Three stalks of locally collected barley, tied together with rafia are used to represent the cutting down of John Barleycorn at Mabon. Happy Mabon, (pronounced MAY-bone) which is the celtic celebration of the Autumn Equinox. 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 are appropriate at this time. As an equinox celebration, Mabon (like Ostara) focuses on balance because this is one of the few times throughout the year that true balance can be observed in nature. Day and night are equal. Three stalks of locally collected barley, tied together with rafia and a small piece of red wool are used to represent the cutting down of John Barleycorn at Mabon. The ritual of John Barleycorn is a folk tale and folk song that represents the sowing, growing and eventual 'sarcifice' or harvest of the corn. Mabon is considered a time of the Mysteries. It is a time to honor the Spirit World. Considered a time of balance, it is when we stop and relax and enjoy what we have created through our personal harvests, whether they be from tending our gardens, caraeers, families, or any projects we have been putting effort into. May you have much to celebrate as you reflect the many blessings in your life today.
Mabon: Celebrating Autumn Equinox