Blogging on the morning of the Autumn Equinox, I feel as though my guides have well and truly left it until the last minute to bring my words and energy together!
I have always enjoyed the change in a season, but it was only a year ago that I actually started celebrating each turn of the wheel and really witnessing the beauty and energetic opportunities that each individual season brings. Spring and Autumn have always been my personal favourites, and that’s because they both hold a rebirth in many ways. Coming out of the darkness of the Summer and Winter, which are times when we tend to be triggered, reflect and go inward a lot more; the two Equinoxes can bring a sense of long-awaited clarity and new beginnings as a result.
Today, 23rd September, marks the Autumn Equinox for 2018 and the official start of our beloved Autumnal season. The season of colour, of magic, of abundant nature and of opportunity. Anything is possible in Autumn.
It’s a time when we are happy to slow down a little, to appreciate the simpler things in life like a walk in the park to witness the falling leaves or a natter with a friend over a pumpkin spiced latte. Nature is arguably in its most beautiful form as pockets of browns, golds, oranges and reds seem to fill every street, park, and corner of the world.
Nature comes out to play for perhaps it’s final time, with insects such as spiders coming into the house to mate (something so many of us dread!) or wild animals seen gathering food before they go into hiding over the cold Winter months. There is a crisp to the air and we enjoy collecting fallen conkers, apples and leaves with the children, or for any gathering Goddess’s altar!
Food is at its freshest and tastiest during this time of harvest. When those who have been working hard in the fields or on their allotments reap the fruits of their labours, bringing us plump pumpkins and succulent squashes fit for any hearty homemade soup bowl. It really is the most beautiful of seasons, and every sight and smell associated with September through to November is nothing short of a comfort blanket.
If you are inspired by nature like I am then this season really calls for you to put on those wellies and to get out and about! It’s a much slower paced season, yet we often achieve most of our goals and bring together the majority of the years healing and lessons. That’s because there is a clarity to Autumn and a real supportive and universal magic.
September is the start of the school year and as a result a new spiral of learning. Along with this month we all start new beginnings in our own way, and this is a time when we want to learn, we want to tie-up lose ends and we want to expand our knowledge, putting an end to procrastination. October brings myth and magic. A month when we can dress up, wear masks and be both enchanting and enchanted, increasing our connection to other worlds as the veil is at its thinnest. And November brings fire and light. Whether that be Diwali or good old bonfire night, we use this month to ignite passions and creativity and to start a month of celebration and connection.
The order of Autumn, particularly as the Equinox is followed by a powerful full moon in Aries tomorrow, and as always is surrounded by many planetary activity, is to LET GO!
Nature thriving in it’s season teaches us so much about what we can expect from the coming months. You do not see a tree panic because it has Halloween costumes to make, or a squirrel with anxiety because it’s annual bonfire night celebrations aren’t going to plan do you? That’s because nature adapts to what each season calls for, and in Autumn you will see them busy, but with a quiet confidence that they will get the job done all before Winter comes.
Trees stand tall and take root, only letting go of their leaves which no longer serve them. Animals gather food, insects mate, and the flora and fauna start to die back to protect itself from a looming Winter. It’s a month of preparation and of harvest.
There is a sense of achievement with this season and opportunity is literally everywhere…acorns are no longer just in the trees, but on the ground, at your feet!
This particular past years spiral of healing has been tough for many of us as their has been a collective shift and ascension, so coming into Autumn there is a sigh of relief for many. We cannot completely rest on our laurels, but just like the nature around us we can now enjoy the fruits of our labour. Starting to apply our newly found clarity and knowledge over the next few months, just as if we too are going ‘back to school’. We can be grateful for our painful lessons of the Summer and feel renewed with the change in energy.
Letting go and forgiveness are key this season, as coming into today there has been a heavier energy, which I for one have been feeling on a huge scale. You may have been experiencing lower back pain as the root chakra grounds, chest pain as the heart chakra has been expanding and releasing old loves, and headaches as the third eye opens to help us see our paths more clearly. I’ve personally had the ‘energy flu’, which on top of overdoing it with my new house move I have felt pretty wiped the past few days, but I can see the beauty in my body adapting to this new season and in the need to ‘let go’.
Letting go isn’t just about the obvious sense of letting go of people and patterns that are toxic or no longer serve you on your path of healing, but it’s about letting go of outcomes and surrendering to the great unknown. That can even be something as simple as taking more rest days if your body calls for it (but your busy diary doesn’t), or eating that slice of cake instead of refusing it….as these things are all tests from the universe that you are willing to trust and to let go of the human need to control.
Since becoming more consciously aware of the changing in seasons, both in my energy body and desire to respectfully celebrate the wheel turns, I was disappointed that Autumn isn’t bringing much of a celebration due to being so tired. I spent the Winter Solstice in Avebury on a Starlight Soul Journey, I spent the Spring doing something I can’t remember but lovely no doubt, and I spent the Summer Solstice in Ceremony on Brighton Beach. With Autumn being one of my favourite times of the year I felt sure the guidance of where to be would be huge, but instead it feels like it will be a day of pottering, running errands and perhaps if I am lucky a walk in the park with Audrey later. But in this realisation I understood exactly why Autumn wasn’t as profound a celebration as I had hoped for, and that was because I am supposed to let go and surrender, to find contentment in isolation and gratitude in rest. The guidance I receive is for me as much as it is for you guys!
As Autumn is about getting your house in order, spring cleaning for perhaps the second time this year and finding a grounding and mindful presence, then it makes complete sense that the Equinox for me is being marked in this relaxed and flowfull way.
In surrendering to the many magical aspects of this season I know that I will achieve so much more. Autumn requires productivity but at a much slower pace, which needs to include rest and integration. It needs to involve mindful walks, nature connection, new learning and self-acceptance. I am so excited to be moving home during this season, as it really proves that anything is possible during these next 3 months and marks a huge new beginning for me, and a lot of letting go.
Autumn is steeped in opportunity, dripping in clarity and engulfed in magic. So whatever you do, enjoy!
Yours in love and Autumnal light,
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