The Autumn season is once again upon us and it’s a great time to appreciate and celebrate the fruits that Mother Earth provides in such wonderful abundance.
Today is the day of the Autumnal Equinox – or Mabon as it’s known in the olde worlde. T’is a multi-faith/secular/pagan celebration and no single religion has the monopoly over this season.
The harvest moon occurs around this time and the farmers are busy gathering in their crops for Winter. It is said that in the days before electricity, the strong lunar light from the full moon would allow the farmers to work well into the evening.
It’s the time of the year when the sun crosses the equator and night and day are both of approximately equal length. A time when we gather our harvests, nature prepares for hibernation and we reflect on the past season.
I love all the seasons. Beauty and peace, vibrancy and wonder – they thrive in each of them. But if I had to pick a favourite I think it would be Autumn. The sun is lower and some of the most amazing sunsets can be seen at this time of the year.
The moon, to me, is always at its best at this time of the year too. There are some lovely evening views of a low full moon, often with clouds stretching across giving it an eerie but enchanted glow.
We seem to walk a lot more at this time of the year. There’s nothing more satisfying in a mind, body and spirit kind of way, than walking on a crisp and fresh Autumn day, especially at that mid to late afternoon time of the day.
And, my usual message :
Whatever your spirituality or life ethos happens to be, a merry, peaceful and reflective Autumntide is wished for. Go outside. Walk. Don’t let the beauty of this season pass you by.