When you think of Mabon what’s one of the first foods that you think of? Apples, of course! They are in season and people are starting using them in all their cooking this time of year be it for Mabon or Thanksgiving or just in regular, everyday life because well, apples are delicious! One of my personal, favorite Mabon season activities is apple picking. I’ve doing since I was a kid with my (very non-witchy) family and I love passing this tradition onto my witchlings. But what do you do with all those apples other than eating them? It is all too easy for your enthusiastic witchlings to pick waaay more apples than they can eat before they go bad. Here is another wonderful use for apples: Apple Magick Crafting!
The Magickal Teachings of Apple
Apples are so amazing, not just from a culinary standpoint, but also from a magickal one! I could spend an entire blog post just on this section, so I’ll keep it pretty brief. Apples are fascinating because they are one of the few fruits that seems to regularly play a significant role in various myths and stories throughout history. In Norse and Greek Myth (golden) apples are used to represent immortality and sometimes also vanity and distraction depending on the myth in question. In the modern day, apples play heavily in to stories like Snow White where it can represent innocence and youth (again, relating it to immortality). Even in the Biblical story of “The Fall of Eve” the apple represents knowledge and innocence as well.
Plus all of that, apples hold a sweet secret symbol! One of my favorite things about apples — other than their taste that is — is that if you cut them width-wise they reveal a pentagram! This is one of the few places where the five-pointed star can be seen in nature. Pentagrams are widely used even in modern day as a protection symbol. They are also a representation of the five elements; Air, Fire, Water, Earth, and the ever-illusive Spirit. And, finally as a segue into what you came here for, it turns out that apples make AWESOME stamps! (If you’re into a more secular story to share with your witchlings about the Apple Star you can check out this one HERE.)
Apple Stamping for Witchlings
And that’s literally it! So, the first step is to cut your apples. In order to expose the secret star you’ll need to cut the apple width-wise like pictured above. It will expose the star like pictured below:
Apples are just so much fun on so many levels. I don’t know a single child that doesn’t love to eat them. What fun to discover that they can be used for more than just a tasty snack! What are some of your favorite Mabon/autumn traditions? Tell me about them in the comments below!