Autumn Equinox

Autumn is well-named Fall, as it is the time when greens give way to glorious array of yellows, golds, oranges and reds before the wind takes the leaves to the ground. Autumn is the season of winds, the harbingers of the storms of Winter. It is the time of harvest and plenty, when the crops ripen, before the hardship of Winter.

Even if we do not tend the land to produce our own food it is a time of harvest. This is the time when we should look to what we have achieved: the tasks and projects we have completed, the successes we have had. Even where not all has turned out as hoped for, there is often much which has been achieved. As the farmer is setting aside seed for next year, so we too can sort out the seeds of ideas for new things to begin. Much like we did in the Spring, this is the time for sorting through our lives, discarding that which is finished and preparing to start afresh.

Take time to consider and sort through your life. Celebrate your own harvest, whether it is a sprig of herb grown on the windowsill or a friend you have helped through a bad time, and mark every achievement great and small. For each collect a seed or a nut and create a string of them. Sunflower seeds are good for this. Paint each in a color which reminds you of the good things of your year and place it in a prominent place where it can remind yourself of the positive aspect of life.

—-Kate West, The Real Witches’ Year

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