The Autumn Equinox falls tomorrow, September 23rd , and is traditionally the date when Autumn officially begins. There’s a nip in the air as the days grow steadily shorter and the nights become cooler. Once again, Nature has begun to withdraw her energies in preparation for turning inwards for a period of rest and reflection over the coming winter months.
This is a very powerful time energetically because it’s all about transition and change. You can look at what’s happening in nature and use it as a metaphor for your own life. Nature is always there to show us the way! Ask yourself : what have I accomplished in the last few months? Where has it led me? What is changing in my life? And how can I best use this time?
On the day of the Equinox, the length of day and night are almost equal. A balance is being demonstrated. Where can you bring more balance into your life? e.g. is something taking up so much time in your life that it’s causing you to exclude another important factor (like enough rest and relaxation for example). If so, what can you do to redress this imbalance?
There’s also a clearing aspect to the process of Autumn. Leaves and foliage are disappearing and space is being made. Nature is always there to show us the way! Time to let go of stuff you don’t need on an outer level in order to encourage the same process on an inner one. So check out whether there’s a bit more emotional baggage you might be able unload by using a technique like EFT. You could also clear out some clutter! And once you’ve done that, why not try doing some space clearing afterwards to support not only the energies in your home, but your own personal energies as well?
Autumn is a time of change. As the trees grow bare and the evenings become darker, Nature reminds us that all things must pass. But then, life is all about change! Nothing ever stays the same. Change is the only constant in life. Nothing grows without going through changes. Autumn teaches us that every ending is the doorway to a new beginning. On Sunday 25th September, it’s Harvest Festival – a celebration stretching back centuries encompassing
both the Christian and Pagan religions. This is the day when people gather to
give thanks for the harvest that is about to reaped.
What are you harvesting this year?
Now is the time for looking at what you’ve learnt and understood and what
you’ve gained over the previous months. It’s about celebrating the sense of
completion that comes when anything you planted consciously earlier in the year has come into being – e.g. a desired goal, a problem overcome, new attitudes or more skilful coping mechanisms. Above all, it’s about a sense of gratitude for the things you have and the blessings you’ve received.
So why not celebrate your personal harvest? You might like to try the following idea for a ritual. Little personalised ceremonies like this are powerful ways of cementing understandings, appreciating your efforts and celebrating your unfolding.
HOW TO CELEBRATE YOUR OWN HARVEST
Gather some berries, or autumn flowers. Use any natural things like beautiful leaves or pebbles which take your eye to create a focal point (or ‘altar’) in the main room of your home. Drape this area with fabric or scarves in autumnal colours and put some candles there.
The night before Equinox (i.e. tonight!), make a list of all the things you’re grateful for, all the things you’d like to manifest in your life, all the negative things you’d like to release and all the areas in your life where you’d like to achieve a better balance.
You can perform your personal harvest ritual either on Equinox day i.e.tomorrow (23rd) or Sunday i.e. Harvest Festival (25th). Decide which day suits you best. Then, at the appointed time, place a few of the objects that you’ve gathered on a tray with some small candles as well as a glass of cider, apple juice or wine. When you’re ready to begin the ritual, light all the candles, burn some joss sticks, pick up the tray and stand in front of your ‘altar’. Centre and ground yourself for a few moments.
Then raise the tray aloft and give thanks out loud for all the blessings and
abundance you’ve received this year and all that will be coming into your life
over the ensuing months. When you’ve finished, sit down quietly and meditate
for a while. Tune into the earth and feel your connection to it.
Then reach for that glass of cider, apple juice or wine, and sip it in celebration of your harvest and give thanks once more!