Going Deep Into Fall
We are all instruments of the earth, swayed by the seasons, the air, and now fall’s fiery decorative dance. Our whole being is rooted in the wonder of the natural environment that envelopes us each day.
There are times that I know a Pumpkin Spice Latte and Fall football / day drinking is not going to reset me. I have this anxiousness before winter, as if my body knows to switch gears but I haven’t spent the time to align my spirit. From my previous post, “Blending Traditions and the Power of the Winter Solstice”, I discuss the Chinese element of winter and how we spiritually take on the elements of water and the feminine. Male and female contain both male/female, yin/yang, so this pertains to all.
“Water is considered by the Chinese to be the element of winter. It’s “yin” (female and fluid). Like winter and darkness, it’s engulfing and mysterious. It molds into any vessel and conserves its energy as we retreat indoors to find our safe and warm spaces to settle into.”
That being said, it’s worth acknowledging how seasonal change is part of the human condition and how honoring it can feed our spirit. As we reach 2021’s finale encore, let's be sure not to downplay its power to sway us. Balance can be achieved by mastering nature’s changes. Without change, we become complacent and stagnant.
This is a time of inward reflection and thoughtfulness.
Understand that beautiful things are fleeting.
In death, heartbreak, or insignificant endings, all will flow again with the cycle of change.
Gather or harvest all that has been manifested.
Label this with intention.
Honor the fruits of your labor this year. Write down your accomplishments and understand how they align with life goals. Make adjustments.
Your harvest will nourish you through winter’s chill and stillness.
Different cultures have contributed to rich traditions around the world over centuries. Here are some to ponder:
One tradition that has been around for 3,000 years is the Moon Festival, also called the Mid-Autumn festival. This involves admiring the moon with friends and family, reciting poetry, and eating moon cakes.
The Iroquois people fashioned “ Spirit of the Grain” dolls made of corn husks and corn silk to utilize all parts of the corn during the fall harvest. These dolls were believed to be protectors of the fields and the harvest.
Another belief is that of Persephone and Demeter in Ancient Greek Mythology. The seasons were manifested by the love and grief of a mother and daughter. When they were forced apart by Hades, the god of the underworld, for four months of the year, Demeter’s sorrow drained life from the earth. When Persephone was allowed to return, the earth flourished with life (Spring).
The viewing of the Aurora Borealis. This can be seen in Autumn, reminding us that we are all made from stardust! It can usually be viewed in some parts of the U.S., Denmark, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, and Canada.
Those of us living in more temperate climates feel these changes on a much greater scale. Our balance and mental health can be affected by the change of seasons. When we honor the magnificent interactive show that nature provides, we can make inward adjustments to bring us through the journey in a healthy and wise manner.