Enjoy the magic of apples at Mabon!
Image © Patti Wigington
It's fall right now, which means it's apple season! I love apples. Every September, I take my kids to a local orchard -- it doesn't have anything fancy, like hay rides or corn mazes or anything like that. Just acres and acres of trees, full of plump and juicy fruit. We make a day of it, gathering up bags and bags of fat apples in every color and size and shape. I bring them all home with me, and then the magic really begins... preparing apples for the winter. I turn them into applesauce, I chunk them up and preserve them in slices, I dry them by hanging them from the rafters so we can snack on them later. There's just something magical about this autumn fruit, and that magic has long been a theme found in harvest celebrations around the world.
In ancient Greece, Pomona was the goddess of orchards
and fruit trees. Apples have been used for divination and magic
for centuries. The five-pointed star can be used as the focus of a harvest ritual
. And it's not just apples themselves -- the blossoms of the apple tree
are known for their magical properties.
If that's not enough to satisfy your apple craving, there are plenty of craft projects you can use to decorate your home with the magic of apples -- try a couple of these just for fun: Apple Candleholders
and Apple Garland
, or visit our Family Crafts site for some really fun ideas: Family Apple Crafts
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