Mabon is the fall equinox, once again a time of balance. The days and nights are equal in length, but the dark continues to rise, soon balance is lost again. This is also the second harvest, the apple, berry, vine and nut harvest, the fruit of the trees and bushes. The bounty of the earth continues, but this harvest is of things that are closer to the wild. The days of tamed cultivation, tamed green land, are drawing to a close. Soon it will be the time of the dark, the time of the wild and untamed. We are drawing away, waning, going toward the inner. This is a time of thanksgiving, of Thanksgiving. We honor the fruits of the field, the fruits of the vine, the fruits of the wild. We thank the Goddess and God. We are preparing, preparing for the dark. Mabon means “son.” In Welsh mythology, Mabon was the son of Modron. Modron means “Mother.” Mabon ap Modron was Son, son of Mother. In Celtic tradition Mabon is similar to the Greek Persephone. He disappears from earth and his mother only to return mature. This is cyclic, and like the Persephone Demeter myth, is seasonal as well with spring and fertility returning when Mabon does. Autumn is when he disappears again as do the things of the growing earth.
As Crossroads Tabernacle Church has always sought to be not just a Wiccan church, but also a church of Earth-based spirituality, it is with great joy that I am able to announce a new step that we have taken towards inclusivity of other paths to the Gods.
Let it be known that on the 28th of March, year 2015 of the Common Era, Timothy Paul Schneider, having performed the duties required of him, and having heard and acknowledged the call to clergy from the Gods, Ancestors, and spirits, has been duly accepted into the clergy of the Crossroads Tabernacle Church as a Pagan priest. We recognise his standing within the Northern Tradition and Heathen communities to perform those rites as are meet for such standing by that path, and welcome him as an ordained member of our clergy, able to perform all duties and public rites as described within the Ordains of the church.