Autumn Blessing

On this day of balance—between hot and cold, light and dark—we can find balance in an autumnal blessing. Use a white and a black candle, placed side by side, for this ritual. Breathe in the glow that comes from the equal balance of day and night. Decorate your sacred space with fruits and grain and harvest leaves, as you slowly speak this verse: 

Protection covers me and mine, 

Abundant gifts grow from Nature divine. 

Mabon comes with 

balance dear, 

The second such time of the year. 

Second harvest abundance flows, 

Through our labor the storehouse grows. 

We fill our stores through harvest Moon, 

For winter’s cold is coming soon. 

Harvest brings both hope and fear, 

Harder times are drawing near. 

Bless this house with abundance clear, 

And bless all who are dwelling here. 

Strength of the cycles 

For all to see, 

Bringing color to land and tree. 

Red, yellow, brown, and amber, 

Dress the forests, preparing for slumber. 

My spirit embrace the dwindling light, 

I am ready now for the longer night. 

Protection and safety there will be, 

As the wheel of the year turns, blessed be. 

The balance now is 

perfect and right, 

Preparations made for Demeter’s night. 

Searching she goes and searching she will be, 

Till Kore’s return to you and me. 

Mabon’s magic dances in me, 

Autumn blessings to all, 

So mote it be. 

WRITTEN BY ABBY WILLOWROOT ON SEPTEMBER 23, 2003
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