By Mike Gleason
Autumn Equinox: The Enchantment of Mabon, by Ellen Dugan
Llewellyn Worldwide, 0738706248, 208 pp., 2005
This wonderful book is easy to read and appreciate. Ms. Dugan has arranged things in an easy to use format and has included spells, charms, and rituals throughout. Most importantly, to my way of thinking, a large amount of this book is not Pagan-specific. It is family-friendly, so it is applicable whether used for your coven-mates or your more conventionally oriented “mundane” family members.
She gives ideas for decorations (many of them easy enough to make that children can help), as well as the background on the deities associated with the season. She gives suggestions for gardening, as well as uses for fruits and grains in the celebrations.
Dugan includes almost twenty pages of delicious recipes that will have family and guests enjoying your meals and talking about them long after the table is cleared.
The book concludes with with lists (and details) of deities, stones, and plants associated with the season.
I thoroughly enjoyed the book, and it will definitely be well-used over the years. There are other books out there with a lot of the same data, but this one was real pleasure to read. It may not be the best book on the topic, but it definitely in the top five or six.