Man, do I love the fall. The colors, the warmth, the smell…hiking and baking and finally being able to wear sweaters and jeans. AHHHHHH… This is my season! (Not to mention that my birthday is coming up and – well – I like my birthday, too!)
As I am not the good Pagan or Christian or really any “an” that denotes a specific spiritual dogma, I kind of celebrate all of the holidays that resonate with me. That’s OK – it’s how I roll – and I am cool with it because this because finding more out about 1) celebrations and 2) how other people think and what they believe is fine with me!
While looking around on the internet, I came across a couple of great ideas for and articles about celebrating the Autumnal Equinox. This write-up from Wikihow had a few really great ideas for those of you who are interested in observing this celebration with rituals that are not over the top, but that really help to capture the tone of this day and ponder what the coming of fall – and the season itself – would mean in your life.
I came across this thought provoking passage on a site called, Midnight Moonchild
This is typically the harvest time of the year in Western mythologies. The crops of the fields are in and the harvest is home. The creatures of the forests and meadows have matured and bear their heaviest fur, and strongest horn, claw and fang in order to ensure their survival through the season to come. The trees of the forests concentrate in root growth rather than new foliage, and the nutrient starved leaves turn color and fall to carpet and fertilize the earth below. In all of these events we can see nature’s inexorable decline and preparation for survival through the hardship to come.
This leads me to wonder about the strengthening of the core – of the things most necessary for survival – in a time that is often thought about as a time of transformation and dying off…In order to survive the cold and barren times, the times that are associated with death and despair, we have to make sure that the things that we really need for survival are present. Plants have shed their fruit, animals are fattening themselves in preparation for famine times. What does that mean to you in your spiritual path – that finding your center and strengthening it will help you move through the trials of life – even through the transformation of passing? It is a very interesting concept! That is likely fodder for plenty of future posts!
Speaking of interesting, I have been visited by Abundantia this week while working with the Ascended Masters – her colors are FALL and she is the perfect Goddess to represent the spirit of not only the season, but the Autumnal Equinox that is today. Her cornucopia full of gold and jewels, the message of having gratitude for the abundance that life has bestowed on you, the promise of more – well it ALL fits in so well with the overall theme of the holiday.
Whatever religion you are or are not, it might be a nice time to think about what you reap and what you sow, what life has given you and what you have made of it, balance, and strengthening the essence of who you are and what you believe in order to survive even the most challenging times.
With respect and light on this day of balance and abundance,