Fall has always been one of my favorite seasons – the sound of crispy leaves under your feet, the scent of those leaves in the air, carving pumpkins (my favorite!), breaking, layering clothes, apple picking and winding the clocks forward.
Something about this season feels more like a New Year to me than January does. Does anyone else feel that?
The word equinox means “equal night”: the duration of the day being equal to that of the night – an event which occurs but twice a year. One marking the astrological beginning of spring and the other the ending of summer.
Pagans call the Autumn Equinox Mabon – a time to honor the changing seasons and celebrate the harvest. In Pagan tradition, it is a time of giving thanks for what we have and what we have been blessed with. I am not Pagan myself, but whether you’re Pagan or a New Age Hippy, Catholic, Mormon or Jewish or none of the above, that sounds like a good idea, doesn’t it?
5 ways to celebrate the Autumnal Equinox –
Count your blessings: Sit down and make a gratitude list. An attitude of gratefulness helps bring more abundance our way. It’s true: the more we focus on the positive and what we DO have, the more positive our lives become and more abundance comes our way. Make a list of all the things in your life for which you’re grateful. When I do this, I’m reminded of how blessed I am, even on my worst days.
Find balance: At the equinox, there are an equal number of hours of darkness and light. This natural balance reminds us of the importance of balance in our every day lives. Take the time to really think about the areas in which your life is out of balance: are you spending too much time at work? Not spending enough time with your family? Worrying too much? Whatever it is, take note of it. Acknowledge the imbalance and make the commitment for a more healthy, balanced life.
Honor the darkness: The long nights of winter are encroaching upon us. Days become shorter. It’s hard to remember when we’ve got cabin fever something awful but: without darkness, there is no light. Stop rolling your eyes at me! Now would be a good time to meditate on the darker elements of yourself. Things you’d really like to focus on and improve in yourself. Light a candle, meditate and set a couple of new Fall & Winter self improvement goals.
Each new season brings with it the promise of new beginnings. So, who’s with me?
Get out in nature: Gone are the days of unbearable summer heat. And too soon are the days of the snow falling. Now is the time to get out and enjoy Nature one last time before Winter drives us indoors (unless you’re the snow-loving, hockey-playing type or the ‘I live in Florida’ type!). The nights are now crisp and cool – perfect for a long walk.
The leaves are changing color – get out and enjoy the sights and scents while they last. Go to the pumpkin patch and find that perfect one to carve. Pick apples and come home and make homemade applesauce.If I can do this one, you can too!
Be charitable: As the colder weather becomes a reality, so does the reality that some people do not have the means to buy winter coats and clothing. Raid your closets and donate your lightly used winter clothing and jackets you no longer use, if you are able. While you’re at it – donate some foods to a local food drive. Not only will you be lending a hand to those who need it, but you’ll be cleaning your closets and opening up space in your home and life for new.
A change in seasons is a perfect time to get an Intuitive Reading. If you’ve been on the fence about getting a reading, I’d love to work with you to start this season off fresh & new with some messages from your Spirit team!
Fall is my favorite season. What’s yours and why? How do you celebrate the seasonal changes?