Autumn, time to reflect
Autumn a time to reflect is here and you can feel the shift in the air and it is beginning to be a bit brisk, the smell is a little crisper. Autumn is a romantic time for many. Brisk nights and falling leaves bring thoughts of Fall Romance and snuggling under blankets, fireplaces and warm drinks and for many it is a calming, time after the heat of the summer. A time to relax.
Outside leaves are beginning to float to the earth in warm autumn colors of red, gold, bronze and bursting forth with beauty. They flutter to the ground and rustle beneath your feet, a perfect time for a slow walk hand in hand. There is a snap in the air and a richness to the earth.
Autumn Equinox or Mabon, is what we call the first day of fall. It is the time when night and day stand in balance, equal in duration. It is a time to express gratitude, complete summer projects and honor a moment of quiet. In many traditions it is known as the second harvest of the year and honors the changing of the season. A time to give thanks for the abundance of the harvest after the growth of summer. It also reminds us that we reap what we sow. Be it in a field, friendship or a romantic relationship. And it is a time to reflect on what we have planting in the past year and what seeds we may want to plant in the coming spring, in the garden and our lives.
Autumn is a time to review and think of your blessings. Remember, an attitude of gratefulness helps bring more abundance to you. Ask yourself what are some of the things I am glad to have in my life? Maybe write them down on a piece of paper and glance at them often and really think what each one means and how you achieved it.
This also helps in a relationship, too often we are thinking of what we don’t care for and that draws in more negative. This may be a good time while light and dark are equal to reflect on all the good things between the two of you and share them with each other.
The Autumn Equinox is rich and sentimental time, decorate with colors of fall. Bring in small bundles of herbs and rich colored plants. Use apples, gourds, pumpkins and nuts. Red and yellow candles may be lit to deepen the atmosphere and help to bring ourselves into a state of gratitude. And let’s not forget that cup of hot mulled cider to honor the spirits of the ancestors.
Have a blessed Autumn