Some of the symbols of Mabon are gourds, squash, corn, apples, etc., the products of the harvest. Also scythes, sickles and baskets. The colours of Mabon are brown, orange, gold and red, the colours of the turning leaves. Because it is the equinox, symbols of balance are also appropriate; a set of scales, yin and yang, black and white, and so on.
Mabon is celebrated in a number of ways, but the most common is with a banquet. This is an occasion to dress in your finery and feast in a lavish setting. Apple cider and corn bread are usually served along with the rest of the meal, and the decorations include symbols of the harvest and of the changing season. Gourds, squash, fallen leaves, pine cones, etc. make great centrepieces for the table and the altar.
The Green Man, God of the Forest, is usually honoured at this time by offering libations to the trees. Some other Mabon activities include making a besom, or a god’s eye.
How to Make a Besom
Your bristles should be soaked overnight in warm, lightly salted water. This will make them more pliable, and they won't just snap when you bend them. If you're using the willow branches for binding, they need to be soaked as well. Let them dry just a little before using them, they need to be damp and flexible, but not dripping wet. If they dry out too much, just soak them again.
While the branches are soaking, get your handle ready. It should be free of twigs, branches, knots and bark. This is a good time to inscribe any symbols, sigils or writings you wish on the handle.
Once you've added all your layers, gently bend the top of the bristles over the bindings so that they are now pointing down. Tie the bristles again just below the bend. Trim the brush to the length you desire and leave the besom to dry overnight. Decorate as you wish and consecrate your new besom!
How to Make a God's Eye
Bring the yarn down and wrap it around the left stick, then the bottom stick, the right stick and then up and around the top stick and loop once more. Keep wrapping the yarn in this fashion, left, bottom, right, top & loop, until the eye is as big as you want it to be.
To make the larger version with five eyes, just start with 2 longer sticks, wrap your central eye, then cross a short stick at the end of each main arm and wrap the smaller eyes there. It's really just one large eye, and 4 smaller ones. Once you've got the technique down, change it up a little by adding more sticks, or play with the weave to produce elaborate, 3D works of art.