Autumn officially begins today on the 22nd of September, hence it is the day of the year when we have the most equal day and night and is called the Autumn Equinox. The days will get shorter, and the nights will get longer, all the way through to the shortest day of the year at the Winter Solstice in December.
Use it as a time to engage the senses, have fun and create some family rituals. In addition, the Autumn season offers a mirror to our own life. It’s an opportunity to look within to see what needs to release of what’s outgrown in our lives. You can read ideas for that further on but first, here are several ideas for all the family:
Have fun with your children during the Autumn Equinox
Grab your coats, go outside and find the trees in your area. Collect and identify trees and leaves. You can return home and make leaf people, leaf collages and use the leaves to print.
Make a leaf headdress
Have a sensory table full of Autumn riches
An old game, but remains so much fun.
Read lots of Autumnal themed Books
Host a light parade through your street
Eat warming Autumn foods
The British Nutrition Foundation have some great ideas on eating healthily, focus on Autumn coloured vegetables. For Example,
For more nutritional information and recipes, go https://www.nutrition.org.uk/healthyliving/seasons/autumn.html
Teach your children the Ancient Rituals to connect with nature.
In many geographic locations and historical periods, harvest celebrations have been observed right around the equinox. For example, the Celts, they observed Mabon, (pronounced MAY-bone). The Druids call this celebration, Mea’n Fo’mhair, and honour the The Green Man, the God of the Forest, by offering libations to trees.
Fall festivals and personal observances of the equinox often involve these themes:
- A time of rest, following working on the harvest.
- Being grateful
- Building and celebrating community through sharing food and labour
- Preparing for winter practically, emotionally, spiritually and using it as a time to release
Beyond the fun activities, we can also use the season to release and let go.
What do you need to let go off
Why not assess your personal life – is there anything you could let go of? It doesn’t just need to be a process of physical letting go. We can let go of mental habits such as criticizing ourselves, feeling guilty, the feeling that you are a ” bad” parent, or even the need to be a perfect one!
What are the roots of your beliefs and attitudes that require your attention? During the Autumn season, trees know that in order to make room for new growth, they have to let go first. We are no different but most of us know that change is not always easy. We often cling to situations and habits that we know we’ve outgrown years ago.
What does ” letting go” mean to you!
To let go, we have to trust and know that everything will be alright. This means letting go of fear, control, and what others may think of us.
Fear can often get in the way of what we truly want in our lives.
Giving yourself some time for you.
Creation comes from the space of nothingness, therefore, we need to give ourselves some being time away from doing time to allow some new to come through. We are so conditioned to drive through life rather than allowing it to flow.
Be a gentle gardener and may you sow the seeds for a new beginning- with love Catherine
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