From Lughnasadh to Mabon, the Great Couple travels through fields and gardens, hand in hand God and the Goddess return to their chambers to celebrate the new turn of the Wheel.
Each of them is crossing a new frontier. The Goddess enters in blooming feminine power in the celebration of the Mabon twilight.
As a hunter in the prime of power and glory, God ascends to the throne.
And when the day becomes shorter than the night, on a new morning of a short day, God and the Goddess will leave their chambers to greet the World as the Old Man and the Old Woman.
On Mabon, the Goddess puts on the last, third hoop of the crown, the crown of the Old Woman, the one that will cover the mourning dress on Samhain. She will become a veiled lady, a White Queen, a Queen in mourning after Samhain.
On Mabon, she is the Wisest, the Most Generous, the Fair. On Mabon – she knows the whole world, her every child and she rewards all living things according to deeds and merit.
Goddess Mabona is the Mother Goddess, the Progenitor and the begetter of all living things.
Dea Matrona, the goddess of motherhood in ancient Rome, was depicted as a lady surrounded by baskets of fruits and fruits, often with a child (or even children) in her arms.
Modron, the Welsh mother goddess, is a more romantic image. She is portrayed as a young woman who has not lost her charm, but who has changed with motherhood, who has received a new initiation.
Many associate Morgan Le Fay with Modron. As Morgana is one of the velma-masters of the Lake, so Modron owns the waters, sometimes they call her the sea goddess.
The goddess of the autumnal equinox is a sorceress mother who has learned the secret of birth, who has opened the gates of the world for a new soul. Modron is the one that was able to conceive-endure-nurture … And now she must let go.
The very name Mabon is from the name of the sun god, the son of Modron, the mother goddess and Urien, the lord of the underworld.
Mabon is the god of the Sun at sunset, the lord of the radiant west, the lord of the evening, the lord of the cultivated land.
The follower of Celtic traditions is especially noted in Mabon and Danu, the mother of their people, the progenitor of all Danu tribes.
For women, this is the time of accepting their age, position, the time when they are supposed to let their children go – to other countries, to study, to other families. Mothers part with their children, divine mothers escort their god-children to the kingdom of the shadows.
Demeter will cover her head, grieving for Persephone.
Modron, the Welsh Mother Goddess (cf. madre), will lose her son.
The holiday – Mabon – is named after him.
If Samhain is the time to let go of your couple, then Mabon is at the same time breaking ties with children and establishing them on a new level.
For many, this holiday is a reason to admit that from a certain moment children cease to be children in the eyes of people, but they will always remain children in the eyes of mothers.
Mabon – including the lesson to see in every woman his mother, to treat with reverence and respect for age. In local cultures, the tradition of honoring grandmothers and mothers is strong to this day.
If a man walks down the street and meets a woman, he should bow to her. That is why they can still be killed in some countries for insults that have become habitual and have lost their meaning “after mother”.
Respect for one’s own mother carries over to all women. In the same way, caring for a child who has left his home is transferred to all pilgrims.
That is why the heroes of many fairy tales so easily ask for a stay. Today you will give shelter to a stranger, tomorrow someone will share a shelter with your son.
And although the holiday is universally still Mabon, someone devotes it entirely to Modron, waiting for Mother, mother who does not extinguish the light so that her child can always find his way home.
This is a holiday – honoring mothers who love us with love, a holiday of leaving the house in which we are always expected and received.
These are all tales and parables about unconditional and unconditional love, love that goes around the earth barefoot and wears away any fetters with tears.
How Persephone and Mabon were kidnapped, how Adonis was bound by the chains of death, how the earth freezes in the chains of night frosts, so in one night the streams of the World cool down.
Mabon is a holiday of sleep and captivity. If in Samhain sleep becomes a rest, a pause, then in Mabon the movement remains powerful, but becomes heavier, slows down.
It is easy to get into captivity and into the net on Mabon, therefore, traps and traps are placed on other people’s lives and paths, and if the heart is careless, and the path is not beaten, then the child, heart, dear and precious, will be stolen and hidden.
Until spring. And maybe longer.
With Mabon, the time of negative love mysteries begins, the time when other people’s lives are locked, and the keys are thrown away.
Mabon is a reason to remember everyone who is bound, over whose head the sky, and even the earth, closed.
In the days of abundance of Mabon, people once again remind each other that it is not permanent, that even the gods cannot renounce captivity and sleep.
Earlier, on the days of autumn fairs, rich townspeople visited those who were in debt prisons and pits. Who sailed away behind the veil of another world, whether it be the world of shadows or just overseas lands.
Mabon is the last Sabbath before Samhain, the Sabbath of winter, death and rebirth, therefore Mabon is the anticipation of Samhain.
On Mabon we remember that one way or another, but one day a veil will close our eyes.
But unlike Samhain, the Sabbath of Mabon is also full enjoyment of life, every minute of it, every breath of air from this side of the veil.
That is why they say that in Mabon you certainly need to take in a handful of what you have nurtured, to perceive this slowdown not as a quagmire or a rut, but as a natural result of your own efforts.