The Northern Hemisphere folks are getting out their sweaters and slippers in preparation for the magic of fall which has just befallen us. The Autumn Equinox is now behind us in the north and as we head into to the “other side” of things. Beyond the warmth of summer, flip-flops and ripe berries on the vine, we find a new treasure awaiting us. To some, fall is a most significant time known as “the harvest.” Not only are crops harvested for all the abundance they have produced, but each and every one of us faces the opportunity to harvest the beauty of a year well spent.
The recent full moon was named the “harvest moon” after this poignant time of year and the aurora borealis – or northern lights- paint the sky twice as much as normal at this amazing time. As leaves change from summer’s green to shades of yellow, orange and red, attention is turned downward toward the earth and inward to the place from which all life originates. Squirrels and other creatures scurry to gather food for the impending winter and those who will hibernate make the proper preparations including finding the perfect place to hunker down. What do you do to prepare for winter?
For those who live in cooler climates, the other side of the equinox is a perfect time to start making ready for winter’s chill. Gathering firewood (if you have somewhere to burn it), getting out the warmer clothes, canning fruits and veggies, stocking up on art supplies for the darker days are all ways to prepare positively for the time yet to come. The equinox is a great starting point for launching oneself into the beauty of the darker months. If stepped into gracefully and with thanksgiving, the shadows of wintertime can come as a welcome guest rather than a gloomy encroachment.
There is only one quarter of a year, or three full moons until the beginning of winter, which also marks the gradual return of the sun to the sky. It is now, from the fall equinox to the winter solstice, that the light continues to wane. Just a short stretch to go until the light meter tips in the opposite direction.
As colors turn to reds, oranges and yellows, attention turns to survival instincts, creative impulses and ancestral connections. The yogis would correlate these colors to the lowest three chakras, or energy centers in the body, ruling these aforementioned perceptions, making fall a great time to do genealogy, write stories, be artistic and nest. When we surrender to the way of nature, we are more likely to experience harmony in our lives and balance in our bodies. We are less likely to get ill when we are aligned with the energies of the universe and how they are manifesting on our planet. Remember, resistance equals persistence. When we resist the season, it must persist to make its imprint upon us. If we try to extend the idea of summer into the fall, we are bound to become bed-bound just so we can recognize the colors out the window.
On the other side of the autumn equinox, it is a good idea to “do as the Romans” or in this case, as the squirrels do and prepare for a beautifully cozy winter ahead. It doesn’t mean you don’t have time for a lovely fall hike through the mountains or a hunt for mushrooms in the forest (if you live in the region), but it does mean gearing up the mental attitude in preparation for less light and more night.
Make a list today of all the things you love about fall. Keep this list around when things feel somewhat gloomy and allow yourself to flow from the magic of summer’s golden light into the depths of fall and winter’s night. On the other side of the equinox is the death of all that came before it. In death comes the possibility of rebirth. Insights gained through the year sprinkle on the graves of yesterday’s becoming into the hope of tomorrow. In stillness, may humanity sit and recognize the face of beauty being revealed even now in the turning of the seasons. And as the Southern hemisphere reverses this dance into spring and summer’s light, may we collectively embody the grace of one world in harmony and grace.
Written by: Stasia Bliss