My goal is to create a new worksheet or coloring book for every Sabbat. With Mabon already upon us, I am running a bit late. So far, September is passing in a blur. I wanted the Mabon coloring book to be camping themed. When I think about fall, I think of escaping outdoors after the crushing heat of summer. Here the temperatures are still in the triple digits. Hopefully, that will change soon. I am definitely ready for cooler camping weather. Here is the free Mabon coloring book printable for this year.
Celebrating Witches’ Thanksgiving
Mabon is known as the Witches’ Thanksgiving. What does that mean to you? To me, it means giving thanks for friends and family. This year, that is a bit more complicated. An immediate family member is in the hospital. It has been scary, unexpected and unpredictable. We are all exhausted and stressed.
The traditional Mabon family dinner is not going to happen. Our plans to volunteer have gone out the window as well. The fall garden is probably going to be a lost cause. Only essential tasks are being done. I am struggling just to keep up with laundry at this point.
I am embarrassed to admit it, but I have been a bit disappointed. The jars are sitting out waiting for apple butter to be made. I love baking and cooking. I look forward to Thanksgiving. But what is the actual meaning of Mabon? Is it baking and using the fall serving dishes? Or is it about giving thanks for what you do have instead of pining for things that you want?
I’m not a minimalist, but I am very thrifty. (My Grandmother once told me that my shoes say “cheap, cheap” when I walk.) But I am attached to the stuff that I do own. Why on earth would I feel disappointed for not getting to use the Thanksgiving pie plate? Does that pie plate really matter? When I am thinking logically, I know that it doesn’t. Perhaps that is what I can learn this year.
I plan to celebrate wherever we are. I am thankful that we will be together as a family. That is what matters to me most.
About the Coloring Book
The Mabon coloring book printable is 8 pages. First, we learn that Mabon is the autumnal equinox. Then, we learn that equinox means that day and night are equal. According to the dictionary, the word equinox actually originates from the Latin word aequinoctium. Aequi means equal. Nox means night. (While everyone else took French or Spanish in college, I took four semesters of Latin. Because obviously studying a dead language is a wonderful job skill….)
Then, we learn that Mabon marks the official beginning of fall. Prior to the creation of the Gregorian calendar in 1582, our ancestors did not have a calendar that was in sync with the seasons. They marked the season with the equinoxes and solstices. When we celebrate Mabon, we honor those traditions.
Next in the coloring book, we learn about Mabon’s role in the Wheel of the Year. As we move into winter, the days will get shorter. As a result, the nights will get longer. This will culminate in the Winter Solstice or Yule in December.
Then, the coloring book concludes with a question. What are you thankful for?
Download the Coloring Book
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Interested in more Mabon printables? Check out my free Mabon word search printable.
Want ideas for celebrating Mabon? Check out my 5 ways to celebrate Mabon article.
Additional Recommended Mabon Reading
If you would like to read more about Mabon, here are my favorite books related to the Autumnal Equinox. It isn’t a comprehensive list of all Mabon related books. However, these are the ones that I own, have read and enjoyed.
Mabon: Celebrating the Autumn Equinox by Kristin Madden. I love this book. It was one of the first books that I ever purchased on Mabon. Whenever I reread it, I remember the excitement of when I purchased it and taking notes while reading. It was part of Llewellyn’s Sabbat series in the early 2000s.
Autumn Equinox: The Enchantment of Mabon by Ellen Dugan. I don’t remember reading a book by Ellen Dugan that I didn’t enjoy. Autumn Equinox is no exception. Unfortunately, it was published in 2005 and is out of print as far as I can tell. However if you ever have the opportunity, I would definitely recommend picking up a copy.
Celebrating the Seasons of Life: Beltane to Mabon: Lore, Rituals, Activities and Symbols by Ashleen O’Gaea. In my opinion, this book provides a good overview of the Sabbat. It doesn’t go into as much depth as the books by Dugan or Madden, but it is a good resource.
Sabbats : A Witch’s Approach to Living the Old Ways by Edain McCoy. Originally published in 2002, I still love this book. It covers all eight Sabbats, so it isn’t solely focused on Mabon. I question a bit of the history included in the book, but I don’t think that it detracts from the value of the other information included. It includes recipes and craft ideas.
Sabbat Entertaining by Willow Polson. Also published in 2002, this book is gorgeous. It is hardcover with full color photos. If you host dinners for the Sabbats, this book is definitely worth reading. It is full of Pagan party ideas, crafts and recipes.
Mabon: Rituals, Recipes & Lore for the Autumn Equinox by Diana Rajchel. Published in 2015, this book is part of Llewellyn’s new Sabbat series. I enjoyed it, but I would recommend the books by Madden and Dugan first. Then, read this book.
I hope that you have a blessed Mabon!