Saint Matthew’s Day – Mabon 21st September

Mabon is a Welsh celebration like American Thanksgiving.  The crops have been reaped it is a time of joy

St. Matthew's Day with a few weather predictions:

St. Matthew's Day, bright and clear, brings good wine in the next year

St Matthew Brings on the cold dew. But
despite the chill in the air, a fine day could promise a good harvest the following year: Matthew's Day bright and clear/ Brings good wine in next year'.  (European mainland rather than England?)

St Mathew Poem

St Mathee, shut up the Bee;
St Mattho, take thy hopper and sow;
St Mathy, all the year goes by
St
Matthie, sends sap into the tree
And
St Matthew
Brings the cold, rain and Dew

In the Midlands, St Matthew's Day is viewed as the first of three windy days, also called "windy days " windy days of
the barley harvest."

Spicer, Dorothy Gladys, Yearbook of English Festivals, H W Wilson 1954

More About Mabon

Since it is the time of dying sun, effort is
also made to celebrate the dead with joyous remembrance. It is considered taboo to pass a burial site and not honor the dead. Natural energies are aligned towards protection, wealth, prosperity, security, and
boosting self-confidence. Any spells or rituals centered around balance and harmony are appropriate.

The tale of Mabon (Modron), the Welsh God, (the "great son of the great mother"), also known as the Son of
Light, the Young Son, or Divine Youth, is celebrated. The Equinox is also the birth of Mabon, from his mother Modron, the Guardian of the Outerworld, the Healer, the Protector, the Earth. Mabon was taken after
he is a mere three nights old (some variations of the legend say he is taken after three years). Through the wisdom of the living animals -- the Stag, Blackbird, Owl, Eagle and Salmon -- Mabon is freed from his
mysterious captivity. All the while Mabon had rested within his mother's womb; a place of nurturing and challenge. With strength and lessons gained within the magickal Outerworld (Modron's womb), Mabon is soon
reborn as his mother's Champion, the Son of Light, wielding the strength and wisdom acquired during his captivity.

Also, (from a variation in legend) the Autumnal Equinox is the day when the god of light,
Lugh, is defeated by the god of darkness, Lugh's twin and alter-ego, Tanist. The night conquers day. The tales state that the Equinox is the only day which Lugh is vulnerable and the possibility of his defeat
exists. Lugh stands on the balance (Autumn Equinox-Libra) with one foot on the goat (Winter Solstice-Capricorn) and the other on the cauldron (Summer Solstice-Cancer). He is betrayed by Blodeuwedd, the Virgin
(Virgo) and transformed into an Eagle (Scorpio).

Two events occur rapidly with Lugh's defeat. Tanist, having beaten Lugh, now takes over Lugh's place both as King of our world and lover to the Goddess
Tailltiu. Although Tanist now sits on Lugh's throne, his official induction does not take place for another six weeks at Samhain, the beginning of Winter, when he becomes the Dark King, the Winter Lord, the
Lord of Misrule. He mates with Tailltiu, who conceives, and will give birth nine months later (at the Summer Solstice) to her son, another incarnation of Tanist himself, the Dark Child

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