The Autumn Equinox, which takes place between September 20th and 23rd, is the first day of fall and is celebrated in many cultures because of its symbolic connection to balance and transformation.
With the arrival of fall, there is a definite shift in the natural energies around us as we move out of the summertime energies (which keep us busy with activity) and into the more balanced, nurturing energies of fall. We are drawn back to home and hearth, giving us more opportunity to manage our inner world, and bring our own lives back into balance.
The Equinox takes place right as the Sun moves into the astrological sign of Libra, which is all about attaining balance. At the moment of the equinox, the day and night are equal; perfectly balanced between the light and the dark.
There is also a great deal of transformation happening in nature; the fields are harvested, the leaves turn to gold and red, and the nights grow longer. As we slow down with the season, we have the opportunity to experience a symbolic transformation if we allow ourselves to also come into balance, and pay attention to our inner world.
If you would like to more deeply connect with the magic of the season, here are a few suggestions for you.
Make your home a haven.
As the nights start to grow longer, now is the perfect time to bring more light into your home. I love to bring out my candles, and decorate with fall leaves, and ceramic pumpkins. When you choose to use decorations that make you feel more peaceful and content in your space, your home will become a haven.
Contemplate your own inner harvest.
Spend time journaling about things you are grateful for, or answer some of these questions:
What have you recently accomplished?
What challenges have you overcome?
Where do you feel you have room to grow?
What is the inner bounty you are reaping?
How can you be more authentic?
Where do you need to set boundaries?
Honor your ancestors.
I have a giant piece of poster board that has pictures of family, friends, and even beloved pets, who have passed on from this world. My family and I will sit and tell stories about them, and through the sharing of their stories, we honor them, and continue to appreciate them even when they’re gone.
Have a potluck
Gather together your family and friends and have a potluck that features foods of the season: pumpkin spice muffins, hot apple cider, squash soup, fresh baked bread, etc. This season is ripe with comfort food!
During your feast, go around the table and have everyone name something they are grateful for. Play some games, visit an apple orchard, or make caramel apples together.
In this season amber mornings and spiraling leaves, take time for yourself and your relationships. However you celebrate, choose to celebrate, because as Autumn reminds us, everything eventually transforms into something else and moves on. Love here and now, while you can.