While we are blessed not to have deep darker Winter times, we do see a shortening of the days and longer nights. We move to eating more warming foods, feel the change in wind direction and for those paying attention observe a change in plant life. This is a great time to be planting out your vegetable garden here in Queensland and an opportunity to pick an abundant of fruit from citrus to dragonfruit (in my personal case).
I believe we are truly blessed this time of the year and I think its safe to say that I certainly enjoy the changing season. Here is my top 3 reasons I am thankful for the coming Autumn:
An Opportunity to Slow Down
As the days get shorter I really enjoy the time to find additional time for myself. Energies of the season invite us to move inwards. With Autumn the energies move to a more Yin nature. We take time to examine how our life has been during the extrovert Summer Seasons and move to a more introverted attitude. As we move inwards we can undertake an internal cleansing. This cleansing comes in the form of slowing down, reflecting and making any changes we need to declutter physically and psychologically. We let go of what is not serving so when Winter comes we are feeling ready to rest completely.
Storing our Sense of Abundance
The Autumn Equinox is traditionally celebrated with the last of the Summer harvest. Farmers give thanks for the abundance of the food they have grown and managed to harvest ready for storing in preparation for the cooler months. We may not need to preserve our foods in the same way that our ancestors did but we can still take time to give thanks for the abundance we have experienced till now.
Blessings for being Complete
The Equinox is a reminder of harmony and balance. Each Equinox, both Spring and Autumn are days when the sun directly crosses the Equator and day and night are even. I see this as symbolic of the perfect harmony of the yin and yang in that moment. I like to teach that we are already whole yet we rarely get to experience total complete harmony in nature. In Oriental theory we see Yin in Yang and Yang in Yin which is completeness but at the moment of the Equinox we see the wholeness as they come together in absolute balance within itself. The moon and sun have rule for 12 hours each.
This Equinox I will be taking time to harmonise my own energies with the energies of the season in a ritual which I will celebrate online. I hope that you will join me via the event I created on my Facebook page.