“fragile twigs/breaking off the scarlet papers/autumn wind” -Basho
The seasonal wheel has turned again, bringing those of us in the northern hemisphere into autumn once more. Although I admit Spring is my favorite season, Autumn certainly has its abundant charms. Here in the Midwest USA there will be wonderful displays of leaves changing colors, crisp apples and pretty pumpkins, and sweater stashes to pull out. But before all that, the first sign for me of the transition from summer is how the light changes. It’s so dramatic I’m convinced I almost feel the Earth tilting into a new seasonal position.
This is when I feel most akin to my instinctual nature. I can imagine being a butterfly or bird and knowing its time to migrate – I, too, just somehow feel led to turn in different directions.
I have to be a bit careful because this is the time when I’m inclined to plan too many things that outreach the amount of time and energy available. What initially seems so exciting and useful and expansive can lead to overwhelm, so I try to apply the think-carefully-about-it-for-a-while-before-deciding rule. I do find it helpful though to think about what I’d like. What is it I’d like to harvest this autumn? And I find it useful to take a look at what I’ve done so far for the year – the focus and overview perspective helps me see what I’ve already harvested, where my energy is going, what needs more attention, and what’s ready to be jettisoned even if I haven’t quite consciously admitted it yet. All handy information to have on hand, no matter where I am in the year.
The equinoxes always feel special to me and worthy of celebration. Poised at the point of balance, stepping out of the old season into the new. This is a powerful time, and it feels full of potential and possibilities and magic. I always think it’s good to begin new journeys with clear intentions, so I invite you to set one for how you’d like this season to unfold. No matter what you choose, my wish for all of us is that we treat each other with kindness, keep our hearts open and our feet on the joy trail. May this new season bring bountiful blessings for us all!
I’d love to hear what you’re hoping and planning for, and what delights you about this new season.