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I've Replaced "Mabon" with "Harvest Home"

Yes, I am a Wiccan and I am a staunch advocate for the Wheel of the Year. I have been known to sing the praise-songs for that elegant crucible by waving my hands in the air and intoning--two Solstices, two Equinoxes and in-between there is a time to plant, a time to tend, a time to harvest, a time to rest!

Some of you have seen this explanation--I hope this hasn't been too triggering.

I find, though, that as my practice both deepens and simplifies, some of the names don't really work for me anymore. The spirit of the holy day--yes. But "Litha" and "Mabon" have been translated in my head. I call Litha "Midsummer" and "Mabon" has become "Harvest Home." 

Plus, there's a cool song that is easily adapted to our Pagan needs.

Come, ye thankful people, come,
Raise the song of harvest home!
All is safely gathered in,
Ere the winter storms begin;
For our Mother doth provide
All our wants to be supplied;
Come to our own temple, come;
Raise the song of harvest home!

And besides--for decades!--this holiday has been all about the Bagginses and their birthdays.  I know, I know...terribly nerdy but those books have been extremely influential in the whole of my life. So I also ate mushrooms and had some lovely dark beer.

Because, as you know, it comes in pints. So I had one.

Happy Bilbo and Frodo's birthday, too. 

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H. Byron Ballard is a ritualist, teacher, speaker and writer. She has taught at Sacred Space Conference, Pagan Unity Festival, Southeast Her essays are featured in several anthologies, including “Birthed from Scorched Hearts“ (Fulcrum Press), “Christmas Presence“ (Catawba Press), “Women’s Voices in Magic” (Megalithica Books), “Into the Great Below” and “Skalded Apples” (both from Asphodel Press.) Her book Staubs and Ditchwater: an Introduction to Hillfolks Hoodoo (Silver Rings Press) debuted in June 2012. Byron is currently at work on Earth Works: Eight Ceremonies for a Changing Planet. Contact her at,


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