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!


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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.


How does this relate to Mabon? Well if you hadn’t already put it together, the Pagan Wheel of the Year is really all about the agricultural cycle. Apples remind us that life comes in cycles and that nothing is truly lost or dead; just transformed. - From the apple seed comes the seedling and followed by the tree. The tree grows leaves in the Spring, blossoms in Summer, and finally fruit in Fall. When the fruit falls to the ground it rots feeding the seeds for the following year to grow and thrive.In the most direct of ways apple helps to drive home this beautiful, poetic lesson for witches and witchlings of all ages!
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How does this relate to Mabon? Well if you hadn’t already put it together, the Pagan Wheel of the Year is really all about the agricultural cycle. Apples remind us that life comes in cycles and that nothing is truly lost or dead; just transformed.

From the apple seed comes the seedling and followed by the tree. The tree grows leaves in the Spring, blossoms in Summer, and finally fruit in Fall. When the fruit falls to the ground it rots feeding the seeds for the following year to grow and thrive.

In the most direct of ways apple helps to drive home this beautiful, poetic lesson for witches and witchlings of all ages!

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


This craft is incredibly easy to do. Here are the materials you need:An apple for each color paint Tempura OR acrylic paint (There’s a reason schools use tempura paint — it’s washable! Acrylic stains.)Paper plates for each color paintA smock for each wee witchling (why clean up a mess if you don’t have to?)A knife (grown-ups only, of course!)Poster paper (like THIS) — smaller paper will do, but it’s nice to give the kiddos space to be creative! -
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This craft is incredibly easy to do. Here are the materials you need:

  • An apple for each color paint

  • Tempura OR acrylic paint (There’s a reason schools use tempura paint — it’s washable! Acrylic stains.)

  • Paper plates for each color paint

  • A smock for each wee witchling (why clean up a mess if you don’t have to?)

  • A knife (grown-ups only, of course!)

  • Poster paper (like THIS) — smaller paper will do, but it’s nice to give the kiddos space to be creative!

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:


Once you have your stamps ready to go you’ll need to pour the paint you choose into your plates. My suggestion would be red and gold. I love the idea of painting a trunk and branches and letting the wee witchlings go to town with adding apples. Bonus points if they do all the apples red except for three yellow ones to represent the three golden apples so often referred to to Greek Myth! - Make sure your witchlings are smocked up and let ‘em at it! That’s it. That’s all there is to it. While they are painting and having a blast with their edible art supplies you can have fresh cut apple slices for snack while you tell them all about the symbolism and mythology of apples and how they relate to the energies of the Mabon Harvest Season!
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Once you have your stamps ready to go you’ll need to pour the paint you choose into your plates. My suggestion would be red and gold. I love the idea of painting a trunk and branches and letting the wee witchlings go to town with adding apples. Bonus points if they do all the apples red except for three yellow ones to represent the three golden apples so often referred to to Greek Myth!

Make sure your witchlings are smocked up and let ‘em at it! That’s it. That’s all there is to it. While they are painting and having a blast with their edible art supplies you can have fresh cut apple slices for snack while you tell them all about the symbolism and mythology of apples and how they relate to the energies of the Mabon Harvest Season!

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!


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