Other Religions Paganism and Wicca Create a Food Altar for Mabon Share Flipboard Email Print Image © Patti Wigington 2013 Paganism and Wicca Rituals and Ceremonies Basics Sabbats and Holidays Wicca Gods Herbalism Wicca Traditions Wicca Resources for Parents By Patti Wigington Paganism Expert B.A., History, Ohio University Patti Wigington is a pagan author, educator, and licensed clergy. She is the author of Daily Spellbook for the Good Witch, Wicca Practical Magic and The Daily Spell Journal. our editorial process Facebook Facebook Twitter Twitter Patti Wigington Updated April 27, 2019 In most Pagan traditions, Mabon, the autumn equinox, is a celebration of the second harvest season. It's a time when we're gathering the bounty of the fields, the orchards and the gardens, and bringing it in for storage. Often, we don't realize how much we've collected until we pile it all together - why not invite friends or other members of your group, if you're part of one, to gather their garden treasures and place them on your Mabon altar during ritual? Many Pagan groups use Mabon as a time for operating food drives - and if you have a local food pantry that accepts fresh produce, even better! You can follow up your celebration with an Elemental Blessing of Donations ritual! Items to include on your Mabon food altar are as varied as the items people find in their gardens, trees and fields - and that will differ depending on where you live, and when exactly you're celebrating. That said, typically the fall harvest is a great time to gather any of the following: Fruits, such as apples, berries or grapesNuts, like hazelnuts and pecansMembers of the grain family, like corn, maize, and wheat (including fresh bread)Vegetables such as tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, potatoes, carrots and onionsMembers of the squash family, especially pumpkins Decorate your altar in a pattern or design that is meaningful to you, using food as your centerpiece, and let the Mabon celebrations begin! Be sure to read about some of our Mabon rituals for ideas when you're planning your Sabbat celebrations! Setting Up Your Mabon Altar: The time of the autumn equinox is known as Mabon. This is a day to celebrate the second harvest and the balance between dark and light. Here are some other suggestions for altar decoration.Ten Ways to Celebrate the Autumn Equinox: Looking for a way to celebrate Mabon, the second harvest Sabbat? Read on for some great ideas for you and your family to observe the autumn equinox.Honor the Dark Mother at Mabon: Mabon is a time when the earth is dying a little each day, and as we welcome the harvest, we also realize that the long nights of winter aren't far off. Honor the goddess in her aspect of crone at Mabon.Mabon Apple Harvest Rite: This rite is designed with solitary Wiccans and Pagans in mind, and uses the apple and its five-pointed star as the focus.