Mabon around the corner! Fall is by far my favorite season, my favourite sabbat, Mabon is also in Fall. If you are looking for tips on how to make an outdoor mabon altar to help bring your practice to your backyard then look no further! I have a huge tree with tons of squirrels in my backyard, and two young kids, so everything has to be safe for fur and human baby alike, festive, and fun. Here are some tips on how to make an outdoor altar, or just a fun place outside to celebrate the changing of the seasons and Fall.
First you need to choose a location, not the busiest location, but not hidden in the back as you want a chance to enjoy it right? Choose a place in sight, but not high traffic area.
Decide on your materials. Here are some fun things to incorporate into a Mabon Altar:
- Pine Cones
- Representatives for the elements: water, incense, candles, soil, etc.
Plan your set up, are you placing it right on the ground? On a stump, rock? A little table? Pick your location and start planning how you want to set it up.
Enlist the help of your kids to help you set it up (don’t worry once they get bored you can always re-do it afterwards) getting them involved in your family Mabon Altar is half the fun! Explain to them why you are making it, for us we are saying goodbye to summer and hello to Fall. We are celebrating the second harvest festival and gearing up to Mabon.
Leave an offering. This is the fun part, get the kids to help choose. It can be as simple as an apple, or as elaborate as getting them to help bake a baked good using some harvest foods. For a delicious Pumpkin Muffin recipe the kids are sure to love click here. I like to enclude a beverage too, apple cider is the best (non-alcoholic of course), or milk or water will work too. We like to say a quick thanks to the God and Goddess for their ambundent harvest before leaving the offering on the altar.
Come back and visit often. Leave more offerings (food or items), tidy up, and refresh with some nice energy. You can chant some fall chants. We like Hoof and Horn (click here to see it) to raise up some energy or use your song as an offering.
My kids had a lot of fun making the altar. I keep finding random objects on it, pictures, special (to them) stones, sticks, etc. It’s a really fun way to get them involved. My yard squirrels are loving the apples too!Want to include your kids in your craft? Try this #outdooraltars #mabonaltars Click To Tweet
What do you like to include in your Mabon altar?