How to Make a Portable Altar

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Do you have an indoor altar space? What about an outdoor altar space? Do you have a travel altar? Here I will give you tips on How to Make a Portable Altar for yourself. It is nice having one that can go inside or outside, travel to festivals, classes, and rituals with you. It is so easy to bring everywhere once you are organized!!

 

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Considerations to make when making your Portable Altar

First thing you need to decide is what vessel or container you are going to carry everything in?  It needs to be sturdy and durable.  Be able to hold everything securely so it does not break when transporting, but be easy to store at home and not take up a lot of room.   I also like it to not cost a lot of money, frugal is essential!  Then you can spend the money on other more important things.

Another consideration is how are you going to safely store all your tools to ensure they do not clink together and scratch or break.  I will show you my method below.




What to have in your Portable Altar

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Next thing you need to consider is what tools you want to put in your portable altar.  These tools will be in storage most of the time so not ones you usually have on your altar or use in general magick practice.  Since you will be travelling around with them you do not want ones you are attached to immensely and will be upset about if they get lost, stolen, or broken.  Which of course can happen when you take your tools out of the house.  Also along the lines of frugality, if you can use items you have already (but do not use often) they are great to put in your portable altar.  Otherwise hit up sales, the dollar store, or make items if you are crafty.

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How to Make a Portable Altar

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Preparing the bin

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I went through a cross stitch phase and made a beautiful triple moon piece.  I thought it would be beautiful to display on my bin and show people what it was, in a nice way.  Using a glue gun and felt, I lined the box with light blue felt and glued it down in the bottom of the bow.  Then glued the triple moon stitch to the lid with some ribbon outlining it and felt on top.  I believe the felt is important for a little bit of padding.  I also didn’t want the contents easy for people to see so it was a little private.  You never know when non-pagan friendly folks are around or in your house (I don’t tell everyone so unless they are reading my blog they may not know!) and they never know my portable altar is sitting next to them in the living room.

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Preparing your tools

I also made little bags for all my tools out of felt.  I used a glue gun to glue the bag, and used a hole punch to make holes around the top to loop a ribbon through and hold the contents in.  My sister made a fancier one using the sewing machine, and a double ribbon around the top to hold it together.  I feel confident between the felt lining of the box and the felt bags my tools are all kept as safe as possible.

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Now you are ready to assemble!

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What is in my Portable Altar

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  • A rose quartz stone wand
  • A few types of incense
  • A Wiccan prayer book
  • Sea salt
  • Four glass corner bowls with their corresponding emblem on them.
  • Tea lights
  • the Sacred lighter (aka only used for magick not used for smoking)
  • God & Goddess Candles
  • Saffron to use as an offering
  • Tarot Cards

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I combined them all together in my altar bin and now they are ready for me whenever I want to go outside with my children and do a rit.  I also like to bring it with me camping and to festivals, easy to transport, won’t break, and perfect for on the go magick!

 

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Yule Sun Ice Catchers

Yule Sun Ice Catchers - Celebrate the Winter Solstice by making beautiful Yule Sun Ice Catchers, alone or with your kids, easy to make with ingredients you already have & fun!

 

It is almost time to celebrate the shortest day of the year, soon after the days start to get longer and we will see the sun more and more each day.  For this reason we celebrate the sun at the Winter Solstice, also known as Yule.  In our house I am always looking for ways to get the kids involved and excited in our celebrations too.  This year we are trying out these Yule Sun Ice Catchers after seeing some fun pictures on Pinterest.  What better way to celebrate the return of the sun than to make some Yule Sun Ice Catchers to catch the suns rays and make some pretty designs in the snow??

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I have a toddler and a preschooler, so my crafts have to be easy for both of them to do, but slightly challenging for my preschooler so she won’t get bored. My son likes to be right in there though so I have to be creative and adapt the Yule Sun Ice Catchers craft for each of them.

Yule Sun Ice Catchers - Celebrate the Winter Solstice by making beautiful Yule Sun Ice Catchers, alone or with your kids, easy to make with ingredients you already have & fun!

Supplies Needed:

    • Water
    • Food Colouring
    • Circular Tupperware containers
    • Smaller containers filled with coins or nails to weigh them down.
    • Fun shaped ice cube containers if you have, or regular if you don’t
    • Thick ribbon

 

Directions

  • Before you get the kids excited and involved (depending on the age), find some circular empty Tupperware containers.  Stick the weighted down little containers inside it a few inches from the edge (you will thread the ribbon for the Yule Sun Ice Catchers through here). I used some empty play dough mini containers, or ones for making baby food.
  • Fill with water a few inches (as thick as you want it to be) and stick in the freezer for an hour to an hour and a half to start to set.
  • Grab some ice cube trays, fill with water, and either alone or with a child helper, put a few drops of food colouring in each one and freeze for an hour too.
  • Once set for an hour, get the kids out, let them use a spoon to poke the ice a little and break it.  There are a few different patterns you can try:

    1 – drop a few coloured ice cubes inside the ice water
    2 – let the kids use food colouring and drop a few drops in to the ice or freezing water
    3 – or do both!

  • Refreeze overnight until completely frozen.
  • Let sit in hot water until it can come out of the container.  If the weighted down circle isn’t coming out put hot water in that until it slides out.   Keep an eye on it as it will melt quickly.
  • Take out the weighted down circle and thread a ribbon through.
  • Hang the Yule Sun Ice Catchers outside and enjoy how pretty it is!!!

 

 

Final Results

My daughter was much better at the food colouring drops than my son was, he just squeezed the whole bottle so he got a lot more guidance, my daughter could do it more on her own.  My son probably made most of them more coloured than anticipated as he kept poking and stirring, but I still like how it turned out!

 

 

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Holiday Gift Guide for the Essential Oil Lover

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Do you have someone in your life who is into holistic healing or a more natural approach?  Are pagan, hippy, or just like aromatherapy?  This Holiday Gift Guide for the Essential Oil Lover is for you then!  Essential oils are amazing.  They can help so much, for improving your mood, helping with depression, anxiety, sleep issues, colds, flus, and much more.  Here are some gifts the essential oil lover in your life is sure to get some use out of.

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A Diffuser

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You can never have too many diffusers, one for every room in the house in a lot of people’s opinions!  There are a lot of different types and styles, but it’s a gift, so go nuts and have fun choosing one you think they would love.

 

Diffusing jewelry

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Beautiful bracelets with natural stones, pendants to wear as necklaces, there are lots of options to get beautiful pieces to wear on the go and still get the benefits of essential oils (or EO’s).

 

Essential Oils storage bag

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A pretty bag or case to carry all their EO’s in.  A way to keep them organized and visible.  This is my personal favourite one HERE, I like to be able to see each one so it is easy to grab and go and helps to prevent mix-ups when you have a few bottles that look alike.

 

More Essential Oils!

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Whether it is a new blend they may need, their favourite oil that you know they go through often, or a fun new one to try out, you always need more oils!

 

Tools to help them make things with their own EO’s:

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  • Empty roller bottles
  • Lip gloss containers
  • Shea butter
  • Cocoa butter
  • Beeswax
  • Glass spray bottles
  • Carrier oils such as grapeseed oil, fractionated coconut oil, jojoba oil, etc.

 

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How to Make an Outdoor Mabon Altar

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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.

Step 1

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.

Step 2

Decide on your materials.  Here are some fun things to incorporate into a Mabon Altar:

  • Apples
  • Pumpkins
  • Leaves
  • Twigs
  • Pine Cones
  • Acorns
  • Candles
  • Herbs
  • Statues
  • Fairies
  • Representatives for the elements: water, incense, candles, soil, etc.

Step 3

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.

Step 4

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.

Step 5

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.

Step 6

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!

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Celebrating May Day with your Family

Beltane or May Day is one of my favourite  sabbats.  There is something so magical about Spring and celebrating the returning of the plants and flowers.  Exactly six months (half a year) from Halloween or Samhain, it is almost the opposite to Samhain.  Instead of the veil between the worlds being thinnest to visit your relatives, this time the veil is thin for the fairies to come through and visit us.

This is a holiday for fertility and creation.  If you are hoping for a baby, now is the time to get your groove on and hope some of the fertility of the season will rub off on you.  Otherwise, it’s a great holiday for creating, make a drawing, invent some music, bake or cook, plant a garden, anything that you feel is creating something.

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Some ways you can celebrate May Day with your family:

  • Wash your face with the dew of the morning grass, it will bring the blessings of youth and make you as beautiful outside as inside.
  • Dance around a may pole.
  • Make ribbon sticks and dance with them outside in the sun.
  • Wear flowers in your hair.
  • Make a flower head wreath.
  • Jump over a candle, bon fire, or other representative.
  • Celebrate life, enjoy your body, run, jump, play in the grass, climb trees, etc.
  • Leave a bowl of milk out for an offering to the fairies.
  • Make a May Day basket, out of woven paper.
  • Along with the season, celebrating fertility, also means celebrating your mother!  Mother’s day is coming up, celebrate some of the amazing mother’s in your life.
  • Bake some honey bread, eat some and leave some as an offering outside to the critters.

Beltane - May Day or Beltane is here! Here are lots of fun easy ways to celebrate with your family and welcome in this holiday of creating.

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Celebrating Ostara with your Family

Ostara is also known as the spring equinox.  It is the time of year when day and night are once again equal.  This is when you celebrate new beginnings, fertility, the rebirth of the earth, the return of Persephone, balance between light and dark, and the Goddess Eostar .  Ostara is a great celebration to have with your family.

Celebrating Ostara With your Family - Ostara is also known as the spring equinox. It is the time of year when day and night are once again equal. Celebrate this beautiful day with your family.


  • Egg-related activities and crafts such as dying eggs, making egg crafts and egg-related games.
  • Planting SeedsCelebrate the rebirth of the earth by planting seeds to grow into flowers (indoor or outdoors depending on where you are).
  • Spring is the time of year lots of little baby animals are being born, you can do crafts and decorations of lambs, chicks, calves, bunnies, birds, etc.
  • Take a spring walk and try to notice and explain the differences in the changing of the seasons from Winter to Spring.  The melting of the snow, the plants shooting up, the leaves coming back on the trees.
  • Share an Ostara meal with your family.  I don’t know about your family, but Easter is a busy time with everyone wanting to see us and celebrate.  We are very lucky, my family live close to us so didn’t mind coming over to celebrate Ostara with us instead of Easter (which this year is just the week before, usually it is weeks before) and my in-laws have us over for the weekend for amazing Italian family meals with all the relatives close by.  It works great this year as we still get to celebrate with everyone.
  • Finding eggsHave an egg hunt!  Eggs are all about fertility and rebirth and this is how the egg hunts got started!  My kids love hunting for eggs.  Last year I made some into shakers (filling them with rice, beans, hazelnuts, pasta) to make different sounds when shaken and taped shut.  I stayed away from chocolate except for a chocolate bunny, because what better way to celebrate the hare than by eating one 🙂  We make sure to leave one for the goddess too at our outside altar.
  • Make an outdoor altar!  If you have a convenient tree hang some eggs from it, decorate a small space with some flowers, seeds, and anything else you want to offer to the gods.
  • Get baking!  Bake something that features eggs prominently.  I may be going for the sweet egg approach and incorporating mini eggs or cream eggs into mine.
  • Make a Spring bonnet.  Showcase the flowers that are sprouting this season, and anything that screams Spring to your kids.
  • Send Spring cards to your friends.  I like to include a packet of seeds in my cards to invite them to celebrate with us, even from long distance, by planting some new plants too.

Try some of these activities to celebrate too:

 

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Sheep Craft & Printable

To go along with Spring and Imbolc I am doing a craft about sheep with my pre-schooler.  Sheep are so symbolic of spring and the coming of baby lambs and warmer weather.

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Sheep Craft & Printable - Spring time will be here soon and what better way to welcome the Spring than by making some sheep to decorate with. This craft is perfect to do with your toddler or preschooler and they can be as creative as they want.

Sheep materials

Materials Needed:

Instructions

  • Cut out the template yourself, or if child is old enough have them try to cut out the sheep template.
  • Glue the cotton balls on the body of the sheep.
  • Colour the face and legs of the sheep.
  • Add eyes to the face using markers or googly eyes.
  • Glue sheep onto a piece of construction paper.
  • OPTIONAL:  My preschooler thought the sheep looked cold (I guess we still have a few weeks of winter still!) so she wanted to give them hats,  scarves and boots.  It was a lot of fun having her be creative in what she wants to do with the sheep.  I encourage you to give your toddler/preschooler the same choice, does the sheep need anything else?
  • Display proudly on your fridge and hope for nice weather!

Sheep Craft & Printable - Spring time will be here soon and what better way to welcome the Spring than by making some sheep to decorate with. This craft is perfect to do with your toddler or preschooler and they can be as creative as they want.

Here is a JPG of the sheep to print out.

Sheep Template Printable - Spring time will be here soon and what better way to welcome the Spring than by making some sheep to decorate with. This craft is perfect to do with your toddler or preschooler and they can be as creative as they want.

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Yule Family Traditions

Yule is also know as the Winter Solstice, the longest night of the year, and/or the solstice night.  Yule is celebrated around December 21st, but it changes every year based on the moon cycles.

It signals the halfway mark when the nights start to get shorter and the days start to get longer (opposite the Summer Solstice when the nights get longer and days shorter).  Although, it may feel like far away we are actually making our rotation on the wheel of the year giving us longer days and shorter nights.

At Yule we celebrate the rebirth of the sun/return of the sun so we do a lot of sun related activities,  crafts and decorations to honor the sun’s return.

Apples and oranges were given as gifts by the children to represent the sun.  We still frequently make orange pomanders to decorate trees in reminiscence of this tradition.  They were frequently decorated in cloves to provide a nice scent.

Yule Family Traditions: Ways to celebrate the Winter Solstice as a family and with young kids.

Evergreen boughs were symbolic of immortality as evergreens were so resilient.  They were used for decorations.

With the sun comes light, so we light candles, have bonfires outside (or tamer fires indoors) or with little ones, crack a whole bunch of glow sticks.

IMG_6079Trees symbolize life so you can decorate a Yule tree – hang pentacles, tools, tarot cards, stones, herb sachets, spell ornaments, crafts made from nature, dried oranges and other citrus fruits to symbolise the sun.

Make Christmas ornaments from salt dough or cinnamon dough and decorate them, use cookie cutters to cut them out then paint to decorate them.  Collect pine cones and make into Christmas ornaments, tie a ribbon on top, use glue and decorate with glitter or else use cinnamon for a nice scent.

We like to sing some pagan versions of Christmas carols.  Here is a website to try out..

critter food

Bee and  I made Reindeer and critter food this morning, we put half out this morning as an offering and the other half will go out Christmas eve for the reindeer.  I used a wee container and oats, red sugar, cranberries and almonds, all edible for the little critter’s outside.

Bee loves to do yoga with me so we did some Sun salutations to welcome the sun.  We have had a massive amount of birthdays in the past week and a half so Bee suggested we sing Happy Birthday to the sun, which was a cute idea.

gingerbread houseI wrote a post yesterday about how we exchange home-made gifts on Yule, well one year my husband was a little desperate for ideas, so bought a Gingerbread house decorating kit.  I loved it!  What a fun thing to do together.  We had a great time decorating them together and it has become a tradition in our house to decorate gingerbread houses on Yule, but he knows that is not part of his present anymore!

There are tons of fun ways you can celebrate Yule, these are just a few of the ways my family does.




Please tell me in the comments below, do you celebrate Yule?  What ways does your family celebrate the Winter Equinox or the longest night.

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Why We Exchange Home-Made Gifts at Yule & Ideas of what to Give

Winter Solstice is a great time to gather around with family and celebrate the longest day of the year.

My house has had a tradition for the past few years where we exchange home-made gifts at Yule, then the store-bought ones on Christmas.  It’s a really fun way to be creative and show your loved one you care.  By putting effort into their gift and making it yourself (although we have loose guidelines for that) you can demonstrate how well you know your partner/family/friends and how you feel like they are worth the effort to make something for them.

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Our guidelines are loose, you have to put effort into making it, but there is no budget and you can be creative on how you choose to interpret “making” it.

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My husband made me this pic a few years ago with our doggy, Salsa, kayaking because he knows how much I love to paddle.

I have got some really creative gifts over the past few years from my husband and I love how he tries to do something in his skill base.  For example, one year he used his computer (he is a Software Engineer) to make a picture of our dog, Salsa, going down a waterfall in a kayak.  I thought it was super cute and a really creative gift.

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Other easy ideas to do for your partner spouse:

  • Coupons (seriously home-made coupons are the best, include things that you are good  at: make a favourite recipe, help with a computer issue, give them free time, etc.).
  • Thor's Bowel Go to a ceramic painting place (with friends, make it a girls night too!) paint them a bowl, mug, Hulk candy jar, etc.
  • Don’t overlook photo gifts!  A photo calendar, photo mug, Christmas ornament, photo book, tons of great things to make them with your favourite pictures so they can have a great keepsake.
  • Bake them something!  I made my hubby Nutella Vodka last year and it was awesome!  Fudge, their favourite meal, baked good, etc.
  • Or you can always make a gift basket or put together a date night.

This is supposed to be fun, not stressful, come up with whatever you can.  It is more about the effort and thought that you put into it rather than the actual gift itself.

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For the presents for the little ones I keep it more homemade and basic. Some of the things I make for them:

Yule Kid Presents

  • I made sensory bags and bottles when Bee was a baby.
  • I compiled a photo collage in a frame of all the babies in the family for Bee to look at when she was a baby, you know how babies love looking at other babies.  She still likes to look at it.
  • I made her a board book with pictures of everyone in her family, she loved looking at Grandma and Nanny.
  • Chewlery, necklaces or tethers.
  • Clothes, such as a skirt, cloak or pj’s if you are a sewer.
  • Quiet book or bags.

For Bee this year I made her a photobook from Shutterfly of the Pagan Alphabet, each letter I put pictures of pagan-related things that correspond.  She is super into the alphabet and learning the letters so I think she will like it.

For Po he is moving into his own room soon and my husband wanted an Avengers Superhero theme, so I had Po help me make a handprint canvas for his room and then painted it into Avengers (check out my updates on Po’s Superhero room and DIY decorations in the new year).

The kids can help make Daddy:

  • A card.
  • A painting.
  • Baked goods.
  • Sing a song

Again, it’s the thought and effort that count, the objective is to show someone you care by using your creativity and time to make them something to show them they are worth the effort.

What kinds of things do you like to make and/or receive as a home-made gift?  Please tell me in the comments below.  I am always looking for new ideas.

Why We Exchange Gifts at Yule - A great family tradition to start and the perfect way to celebrate the Winter solstice.

Celebrating Mabon

 Celebrating Mabon - Fall is my favourite season. It is a great time of year, Mabon or the Autumn Equinox is the third harvest festival. Here are some fun ways to celebrate.

pumpkins-1513088-639x852Are you celebrating Mabon or the Autumn Equinox is one of my favourite pagan holidays.  I love Fall, it is my favourite season and this is one of my favourite times of year to celebrate.  Between the crisp autumn air, pumpkin everything, apple cider, all the amazing end of year crop harvest goods, my birthday, and the countdown to Christmas this season just always makes me so happy!

The sun is directly over the equator now and is starting it’s shift towards the southern hemisphere, making it fall in the northern hemisphere.  Our days are getting shorter, nights longer, and the weather is getting cooler.Exif JPEG

Mabon is the second of three harvest festivals.  Incorporating a lot of the harvest foods like corn, squash, zucchini, apples, pumpkins, etc. into your food and celebrations is an easy way to welcome fall.

Mabon is also Pagan thanksgiving!  This is the first year I decided to celebrate with extended family.  Everyone was invited over for a traditional vegetarian thanksgiving!  We had tofurkey, roasted potatoes and carrots, brussel sprouts, mushroom gravy, brussel sprouts, stuffing and corn.  My parents and sister came over to join us and celebrated Mabon together.  It was great!  We played outside, went for a walk, and ate lots of food!

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Mabon is also the fifth year anniversary of my wedding/handfasting to my husband.  I confuse my husband each year because we were married on Mabon, which that year was September 23, but Mabon is anywhere from September 20 to 23, it changes every year, and we celebrate it on Mabon not the 23rd.  Last year was the first since we were married four years ago that the two coincide.  Ladies, is it mean asking your husband to remember the holiday not date to celebrate or just plain cruel to make him remember so much?!?!  Guys, would you be able to remember or just get confused with the changing date every year?

Celebrating Mabon - Fall is my favourite season. It is a great time of year, Mabon or the Autumn Equinox is the third harvest festival. Here are some fun ways to celebrate.

Some things you can do to celebrate Mabon or just plain old Fall:

  • Have a thanksgiving or harvest meal with your friends and family.
  • falling-1564889-639x852Build a spiral out of leaves and teach your children to walk it, or walk it while they play in the yard to get a few minutes of peace and contemplation as you walk.  I love spirals!  They are a great meditative tool and look so cool.
  • Crafts related to corn and apples are also a practical way to teach your kids about harvest foods.  Below I have links to corn activities and crafts you can do with your baby and toddler, apple and pumpkin ones are coming, check back next month.
  • Go apple picking.
  • Go pumpkin picking.
  • Rake leaves.
  • Decorate your house for fall (mantelpiece, windows, door, etc.).
  •  If you have a family altar or a nature table try to incorporate some fall items in it, leaves, twigs, pine cones, squash, etc.
Time to #celebratemabon try out these #fallactivities to do with your family. Click To Tweet

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What do you like to do to celebrate fall/Mabon?  What activities do you enjoy?

Celebrating Mabon - Fall is my favourite season. It is a great time of year, Mabon or the Autumn Equinox is the third harvest festival. Here are some fun ways to celebrate.

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