Do you ever feel like your forever fighting the natural flow of things in your life and your fertility? This article marks the beginning of a four part special on how you can work with the cycles of life, reflected in nature through the seasons of Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter.
Autumn Equinox- March 20th
Cooler weather, greyer skies, leaves swishing and crunching under your feet as you walk under trees, craving to sleep in more, and retreat a little from the sometimes hectic social pace that is Summer. What else is Autumn about?
Traditionally, Autumn was a celebration of the end of summer. It is one of only two times during the year where there is a balance of light and dark, marking the move towards the cooler months. When societies were more in touch with the cyclical flow of nature, Autumn was about collecting the harvest from Summer-storing, and preserving food in preparation for the coming winter. It was also a time where more focus was directed towards bringing more rest into life.
In our modern times, heading out to the food markets on the weekend is not quite the hunter gathering times of late (although it may feel like survival of the fittest sometimes in a supermarket on a busy Saturday!). Autumn itself marks the opportunity for us to reconnect to our own internal cycle and feel more connected to our needs. This time of year can be utilised to encourage our ability to be more open and receptive to change, and the ebb and flow of life-and is a great time for us to let go of things we may have been holding onto.
What is this time good for?
* Sorting out any old business
* Bringing rest, relaxation and recuperation into our lives
* Finding a sense of inner stillness and becoming more reflective
Small Rituals to celebrate the change of season
* set up a special place on a small table for the occasion-place items on the table that symbolise the season of Autumn. Suggestions include dried herbs, ferns, a small fallen tree branch or dried leaves, wheat, corn, apples, potatoes, carrots, onion dried seeds. These are all just suggestions, you don’t have to include all the ingredients for a big pot of soup!
* wear the colours of the season-orange, gold, red or brown
* smudge yourself with incense, sage or rosemary to clear yourself energetically
* think of everything you have achieved over summer, and thank everyone involved out loud
* write down what you need to do to bring more balance into your life
* take a walk in the bush or anywhere in nature to reconnect
Signs of being out of ‘whack’ during Autumn
* recurrent colds/flus
* sinus problems
* flare ups of skin conditions
* gastrointestinal problems such as constipation or diarrhoea
* feeling emotions such as grief or loss
* having difficulty letting go of things in your life
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