Autumn Equinox
~21 September

Items needed:
Sabbat candle
Leaves (real or decorative)
Brown candle
Cinnamon, sandalwood, and vervain
Apple cider


Standing before the altar, ring the bell three times.

The western sentinels sing
as the dusk of autumn arrives.
Blessed be this sabbat of Mabon.


Light the sabbat candle.

Crossing the bounds to other hires,
Sky has become the Holly Sire.
Stoic but weakening,
Orb prepares her leavening.


Stand before the altar with arms outstretched.

The equinox is upon us
as rest and reflection becomes our calling.
Time melds together,
balanced between day and night.
We gather to feel the changing seasons.

Sprinkle the leaves around the circle.

Leaves fall, indicating the growing cold.
Our dearest Orb,
you wrap yourself in the blanket of night.
As Sky becomes the Holly Sire,
he takes his light to other lands.

In this seeming decline of Nature’s power,
we know that life will continue.
Rebirth is not possible without death first.

Stand before the altar.

We have sown and reaped the fruits of our actions,
for good and bane.
Let us remember the summer past.
With sunlight fading and hearth inviting,
our memories will warm our souls.

After a season of hard work and play,
we are called in by Orb’s soothing voice.
She sings songs of dreams
as we are lulled to rest.

Light the brown candle.
Stand before the altar with arms outstretched.

Oh wise Orb and Sky,
leave with us your secrets of this life
so we may always strive to better ourselves,
and lest we forget
that before there can be a new beginning,
there must first be an end.

From whence we came, we shall return,
to come once again.
We heed your words;
through your wisdom we have spoken.


Contemplate or share what has been achieved or for what you are thankful.


Present the incense.

We offer this incense
to align the energies of balance.

Present the libations.

We share this food and drink
that nourishes us through the darkening days.

Give the incense and libations to Nature.

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(After the ritual, the celebration may continue with seasonal activities.)