Here we are again, the time of harvests, myths, Blog Hops and Mabon. Fàilte!
Welcome to my entry for the time of Mabon. We’ve been asked this time to incorporate the Myths that we’re accustomed to at this time of the year.
Myths and legends form a part of our lives, even if we don’t realise at the time that they are. Mabon has several myths about it and one in particular comes from the Corn. First of all, a quick explanation of Mabon. Mabon is the second of the three harvests (also known as the Autumn Equinox, where day and night are of equal length) and when the grains are harvested.
I find it somewhat unbelievable that this myth was practised at my Christian primary school (the school I attended from when I was aged 7 until I escaped at 11) and it was to make corn dollies from the last sheaf of the harvest, to bring luck for the future harvests. The last sheaf would be fashioned into other talismans were fashioned. It was hoped that the family who made the corn dollie would be blessed with good fortune. It may not necessarily be a dolly either, it could be in the shape of a broom, a braided wreath or other handicraft objects.
I recall buying such objects at the school faire later in my life and recalling the luck I hoped to have in the coming months. I don’t have any of those items now, which I think is a shame but I recall that they’re supposed to be burned at some point, Lammas the following year, if I recall but it’s been ages since I’ve explored or acted on this myth.
I find it calming somehow, to think that my ancestors would sit by a fire, making pretty corn wreaths or something else of an evening by a fire, keeping warm, placing luck and good will for a full year ahead of where they were now, wishing for a good year as this one heads towards Samhain. Myths or not, it is comforting.
I love that The Mirror is reflecting on what has gone past, whilst The Wheel signifies the changes that are happening in our environment.
What things do you wish for now, for the coming year? What good luck are you willing to send out? Paying it forward isn’t as young as I thought it was!
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