Bright Blessings of balance at the Equinox. The seasonal wheel has turned once again, and here in the northern hemisphere we’re welcoming autumn.
Autumn is such a beautiful time of transformation, and we simply have to turn to nature to see it displayed in outward magnificence. The abundant harvesting of so many different types of apples; the gorgeous coloring of the leaves; the golden filtering of the light.
Early days of autumn are fueled with increased energy and bursts of creativity – I like thinking of myself as a tree readying myself for a colorful display. But as we move through the season, the energy slows just as the sap in the trees does. We understand, and feel the call within our soul, to relinquish what is no longer of value to us, just as the trees let go of their leaves.
We often think and talk about clearing as making way for expansion and new things, but even before we get to that point we can consider that clearing might in fact be necessary for us to be able to see the sign posts. What path are we on? What direction are we turning? What stillness can we tune into to hear with our hearts?
I love this observation by poet Edward Hirsch:
“…every year there is a brief, startling moment
When we pause in the middle of a long walk home and
Suddenly feel something invisible and weightless
Touching our shoulders, sweeping down from the air:
It is the autumn wind pressing against our bodies;
It is the changing light of fall falling on us.”
Autumn offers us those dramatic moments – however brief they might be – when some transformation causes us to catch our breath and understand there is no turning back. We are in motion now. We are gathering the nuts and fruits and grains that will sustain us later, and just as we’re enjoying these first bright golden moments of the season, we understand what we most want to do is transform that light into something we hold within ourselves and shine no matter what the seasonal calendar is. This is the work of our lives, that we carry on throughout every season.
Hope is such a beautiful blessing and one we should hold on to tightly as the gift it is. May we move through this season with hope, treading gently and filling the air with our laughter, and spreading our magic and light everywhere.