Do atheist witches celebrate the sabbats of the pagan wheel? Some do, and some don’t. If you’re interested in observing a little bit of tradition, there’s nothing wrong with participating in various festivities that come with the changing of seasons. For the most part, Mabon and other sabbats in the pagan year wheel are Wiccan, but you don’t have to practice Wicca to enjoy the autumnal equinox. The following article will help give you a few ideas on how to celebrate Mabon as an atheist witch.

Taking it easy

You don’t have to dive into complicated sabbat rituals or come up with anything intricate to celebrate Mabon. This is the time of year when the temperature starts to get cooler, which traditionally signals the end of the growing season. There is a reason why this time of year is most associated with apple orchards, pumpkins, crackling bonfires and comfy sweaters! If you’re big on simple gestures, you can take this time to have an autumn bonfire with your loved ones. The simple act of enjoying the cool night breeze with the hypnotic crackle of a warm fire is enough to help you calm your energy.

You can also consider donating your time to a local women’s shelter, pet shelter or soup kitchen this time of year. This time of year is tough for a lot of people, and if you’re capable of spreading a little compassion and help to those in need, then it is always a good idea to do so. How is this a witchy thing to do? Putting out good energy is always good for raising your own vibrational frequency (if you believe in that sort of thing), which definitely enhances your ability to manifest. This is also a good choice for an atheist witch in particular, because there are no religious elements to simply helping out because you can.

Focus on the Kitchen

Everyone knows that autumn and winter are eating seasons, and Mabon is the harvest holiday at the starting line. With this traditionally being a harvest sabbat, you can consider Mabon to be Thanksgiving for witches. Whether you grow an actual garden or the fruits of your growth are fully metaphorical, giving thanks this time of year is most enjoyable from your home’s hearth (or kitchen, since hearths are mostly a thing of the past). This is the time of year for kitchen witches to shine!

What are some of your favorite seasonal foods during the autumn months? Some people love pumpkin spice and others love turkey dinners and apple cider. As a witch you can study what magical properties any of these foods possess, and then apply your intent to the preparation of your favorite meals. For example, the turkey symbolizes tradition, and is a good meat when doing ancestral work.

Write Notes on Leaves

Use the fallen leaves of autumn to write affirmations, notes or sigils. These crips fallen leaves can burn in your ritual bonfire, sending your intent into the universe, carrying your dreams on the wind. Does that sound whimsical enough for you? If it’s too whimsical, you can just rake your yard and whistle a jaunty tune!