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Mabon Traditions and Folklore - Customs of the Autumn Equinox

Interested in learning about some of the traditions behind the celebrations of September? Find out why Mabon is important, learn the legend of Persephone and Demeter, and explore the magic of apples and more!

Mabon Folklore & Traditions
There are many myths, legends and tradition surrounding the time of the autumn equinox. Let's look at some of the history and customs behind the Mabon season.

The Symbolism of the Stag
In many Pagan and Wiccan traditions, the stag takes on a level of almost mythical signficance. Find out why this king of the forest -- and his crown of antlers -- appears so often in Pagan and Wiccan ritual symbolism.

Scarecrows - Guardians of the Harvest
Few things represent the image of the harvest season as well as the scarecrow. Learn about the history of this long-used harvest helper.

Nutting Day September 14
In England, September 14 is marked as Nutting Day. Learn about this old custom, and why it's so special in rural areas.

Michaelmas
In the British Isles, the festival day of Michaelmas is observed on September 29, and still ties into the harvest season. Learn about the significance of this date in rural British communities.

Gods of the Vine
When Mabon rolls around, the earth begins to die, and the gods of vegetation and vine are honored. Learn about some of the old customs involving gods of vine, wine, and vegetation!

Mabon Celebrations Around the World
The fall equinox, or Mabon, has been observed by many cultures throughout history. Some see it as a season of balance, and others mark it as the time of the second harvest. Here are some of the ways that this mid-autumn Sabbat is celebrated.

Egg Balancing on the Equinox
There's a popular trick of balancing an egg on its end that many people like to do on the equinox. But is this really equinox magic, or is it just a bit of basic science?

Origins of the Word Mabon
There are a number of discussions in the Pagan community about the origins of the word Mabon, as applied to the autumn equinox. Let's look at some of the history behind the use of this name.

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