Newsletter: Mabon 2021
Updated: Sep 23
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What is Mabon all about?
The Autumn Equinox is upon us and so is our coven’s celebration of Mabon. Many celebrate Mabon over the course of approximately a week with a mix of fun activities and work with the harvest. This year Mabon starts on September 22nd.
Mabon festivities allow us to celebrate the bounty that this earth has granted and prepare for the winter ahead. This is a time to can, freeze, and preserve the earth’s gifts so that they might help us last through the cold, winter months. These activities will allow us to trade and share our wares with our family, friends, and community to ensure each of us has plenty - and also a variety - of rations.
Those who worship or work with Goddesses and/or Gods will often use this time to ask that the Gods help ensure the earth’s bounty acquired through the harvest season will last until our fields can be sown and harvested once again.
Rituals and activities are often crafted to prepare our homes and lives to be comfortable during the cold months: cleaning/cleansing our homes to be ready for our extended presence, rotating our clothing to put away those for warm weather and filling our closets with sweaters and thick socks, pulling our extra blankets to wrap around our shoulders or drape upon our laps, etc.
It is a time to prepare, for winter is coming.
Pumpkin Banana Bars
As the days get shorter and cooler, I often have less and less time to get to the grocery store. I take this time to dig in the back of the freezer, and use up ingredients that might have been lost or forgotten about throughout the year. Depending on what I find, I can usually get a batch of chilli, some soups and a decent loaf cake out of what I find lying around the house. Sometimes I feel like a real mad scientist because I don’t have any hard rules I follow and often use odd ball ingredients. Yet somehow, I always end up with something really delicious.
This time I didn’t find anything too crazy, but I did find frozen bananas and some frozen pumpkin that was made into baby food. A memory of my grandma is that she always makes banana bread with added flavors. So this seemed like a good opportunity to channel her baking style.
However, while my grandma makes perfect loaves in a loaf pan, I am fairly impatient and like making my loaf cakes in a 13x9 pan so they can cook (and get eaten) faster. They also make really good squares for adding toppings.
So try out this recipe, or make one of your own! Have fun, and eat delicious bread.
3 Squashed Bananas
2 cups Pumpkin Puree
1 cup Melted Butter
2 tsp Vanilla Extract
2 ½ Cups Flour
1 cup White Sugar
½ cup Brown Sugar
1 tsp Baking Soda
1 tsp Baking Powder
2 tsp Cinnamon
1 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
½ tsp Salt
A key step in making any bread recipe is to start with room- temperature ingredients, this is especially important with the butter, so set it out in the morning and wait a few hours before you come back to start.
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and butter up your 13x9 baking pan.
In a large bowl, mix all your wet ingredients starting with your bananas to make sure they are good and smashed.
In a medium bowl, mix all the dry ingredients.
Add your dry to your wet and fold until all is combined.
Bake 25-30 minutes, cool before cutting and enjoy.
* For an extra treat, top with your favorite glaze or icing once your bread cools!.
Shadow Work Prompt: Preparedness
Mabon marks a time of preparedness for the days ahead. Are you someone who strives to be prepared for situations (particularly those that are easy to anticipate) or is this something you struggle with? If you are good at preparation, what motivates you to be prepared. If being prepared is something you struggle with, what do you think holds you back from preparing for foreseen circumstances?
Weekend Reads Season 2?
Marilyn's birthday is October 22nd, and this year we thought it would be a great way to celebrate by bringing back Midwest Coven Cast Presents: Weekend Reads for Season 2!
Tune in on Friday, October 22nd for the new season when Marilyn will continue Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa's Three Books of Occult Philosophy or Magic, Book 2: Natural Magic.
You can listen to Midwest Coven Cast Presents: Weekend Reads on major podcasting platforms or on the "Listen" page of our website, midwestcovencast.com
Southern Hemisphere Shoutout
Blessed Ostara and Spring Equinox to our friends in the Southern Hemisphere! The coven wishes you many spring blessings!
September 22 Mabon begins/Fall Equinox
October 5 Put out New Moon Water
October 6 New Moon (peaks at 6:05am)
October 19 Put out Full Moon Water
October 20 Full Hunter's Moon (peaks at 10:57AM)
October 22 MCCP:WR Season 2, Episode 1
October 29 MCCP:WR Season 2, Episode 2
October 31 Samhain begins
We had a few reports of trouble downloading this month's freebie (a beautiful, printable cookbook page with Marilyn Pumpkin Bread and Pumpkin Spice Glaze recipes. Here is the file), so we are making it available to EVERYONE! You can download the .pdf file below.
Apologies for any inconveniences to our loyal readers. We hope you (and your loved ones) enjoy this extra fall recipe. 💕