Albuquerque: Magical Mountain Mabon

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The Magical Mountain Mabon festival, photo by T HunterThis is my fourth time attending the Magical Mountain Mabon festival, and I am excited to return. This is the festival that defines the Land of Enchantment for me.

For 15 years the Magical Mountain Mabon festival has made its home here in the mountains east of Albuquerque. T. Hunter (my partner), our dog, and I all awaited our weekend in the woods away from the city and amongst the witches. In our packed van, I miss the turn (not for the first time either) and have to double back. I recall the familiar aspects — friends, the pancake breakfast, the Wild Hunt in all its twilit glory, and the new, sold out campground, and, of course, Selena Fox, leading a discussion, and the improvisational music around the fire — just before pulling up at the gate and hopping out to hail the camp.

Magical Mountain Mabon is located in Cibola National Forest, Cedro Campground, and holds 250 attendants, half of which are new participants this year. The new online registration seems to have reached more people than in years past, and this creates a packed and excited atmosphere. Continue reading

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