Do a thanksgiving circle, offering thanks as you face each direction — for home, finances, and physical health (North); for gifts of knowledge (East); for accomplishments in career and hobbies (South); for relationships (West); and for spiritual insights and messages (Center).
Dip colorful leaves in melted paraffin wax for altar decorations that may be enjoyed even after the celebration or attach to a wreath for your head
Make a dried leaf mobile
Take a walk in a wild place with your family or circle members; Sing songs and talk about all the things you’ve done over the summer and spend time discussing other things you’ve done together in the last year; gather wild seeds and seed pods to decorate your circle for ritual.
Gather dried leaves, herbs, plants, seeds and seed pods
Scatter offerings in harvested fields
Offer libations to trees
Have a potluck feast with a group of friends and loved ones to celebrate the abundance of the season.
Adopt someone in a nursing home. As a family, take your special person baked goodies and colored pictures. Read them books or tell them stories.
Walk around your neighborhood picking up garbage. Do what you can to improve your home and prepare for winter.
Pick a subject that interests the whole family. Go to the library or find other resources and study that subject. Together, share what you’ve learned.
Cut an apple in half to show the star inside. This is a reminder that all life is renewed in some way.
Bake cored apples filled with butter and cinnamon as a special treat.
Create decorations for your front door out of colored leaves, pine cones, nuts, acorns and Indian Corn bundles.
Honor the birds and small animals in the wilderness or by your home by making a bird feeder filled with seeds and grain.
Make rattles out of empty gourds and sunflower seeds or seeds collected from nature walks. Use the rattles to make music or scare away bad dreams.
Look at your family habits and figure out what you can do to improve your conservation habits. Can you use less water or recycle more of your garbage?
Go through your garden, tending it, thanking the plants and flowers for their abundance, harvesting whatever is ready-try collecting seeds of non-hybridized plants for next year
Make a mandala of seeds and grains on the ground, an offering of the Mother’s gifts to the animals and birds; infuse it with specific magick that will be released as the seeds are consumed or scattered.
Share your abundance…collect a basket of goodies from your garden or pick up a few extras when shopping at a local farmer’s market to share with a neighbor who has no garden, or who has had a rough year; gather donations of food and/or clothing for a favorite charity.
Arrange baskets of fresh fruit and baked goods for friends or family
Fill a basket with pine cones, fruits, colorful dried leaves, wheat, acorns, and fallen pine branches and leave it by your altar or door
Cook up a Mabon soup with carrots, onions, potatoes, radishes, and/or corn