A Kitchen Witch’s Autumn Equinox (Mabon) – The Autumn Equinox brings about the balance of equal day and night. It is a time to not only celebrate the second harvest of the year but also to give thanks for all that we have, to look back on the warm summer months and all that they have brought us and to welcome the colder, darker days and nights ahead.
Bread features again for this celebration along with cake (of course, there always has to be cake), fruits, nuts and vegetables.
Squashes, gourds, pine cones, acorns, grain, apples, pomegranates, vines, seeds, cornucopias and sun wheels.
In the garden:
In my garden the rosemary will still be going strong as will the thyme and bay but the others such as majoram/oregano will be starting to fade now. Dahlias, asters and chrysanthemums will be flowering but most of the other bedding plants will be past their best. Time to start tidying up and cutting back.
Yarrow, rosemary, marigold, sage, frankincense, rose hips, sunflower, oak and apple.
Bread, nuts, apples, pomegranates, root vegetables, grapes, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, oak leaves and grapes.
Red, orange, brown, gold, royal blue, burgundy and dark green.
Wine making. Harvesting and drying the last of the herbs, seeds and flower petals. Make offerings to trees and plants. Take walks in the woods to begin to see the coming of autumn. Make soup stocks and jams.
Frankincense, sandalwood, juniper, pine, oak, marigold, sandalwood, rosehip
Autumn Equinox incense recipe:
Patchouli, cinnamon, pine, sage, apple, rosemary, frankincense, chamomile
Autumn Equinox oil recipe:Rosemary
The Autumn Equinox is a good time to work spells for protection, prosperity, security, harmony, balance and self confidence.
Prosperity candle spell:
What you need:
A green, gold or brown candle – use a small candle so that it doesn’t take days to burn!
Essential oil – your choice, but basil or pine is good for prosperity.
Herbs of your choice – but again basil and pine are good for prosperity and poppy seeds are good for money.
A small knife or pin
Slip of paper
Cauldron or fire proof dish
Take your candle and carve symbols into it that represent prosperity to you, it could be a pound or a dollar sign, it could be a rune or a sigil – go with what works for you.
Then dress the candle with essential oil, work from the centre of the candle up to the top and from the centre down to the bottom, as you dress the candle charge it with your intent.
Then write down your desire for prosperity, abundance, money needed- whatever your particular requirement is on the slip of paper, as you write visualise yourself receiving it.
Sprinkle the herbs on to the candle and then light it spend some time visualising your needs being met.
Once you have the visualisation set in your mind take the slip of paper and carefully light it in the flame of the candle and drop it into your cauldron or fire proof dish.
Allow the slip of paper and the candle to burn completely, the ashes can be sprinkled to the wind.