Autumnal Equinox: Observations of a seasonal change. As the Autumnal Equinox aka Mabon, aka Harvest Home arrives the day and night are of equal length.
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Friday, 15 November 2019

Autumnal Equinox

Autumnal Equinox – Observations of a seasonal change.

Autumnal Equinox

As the Autumnal Equinox aka Mabon, aka Harvest Home arrives the day and night are of equal length. The nights have slowly been drawing in and though the sun still shines it is weaker and there is an unmistakable chill in the air. They say the veil between our world and the spirit world is at its closest on Samhain, and its around now you can really feel that gap closing. It’s a perfect time to try divination for the first time. I love reading the Tarot cards this time of year, they seem to have an added power and it feels like more of a profound spiritual experience.

The fields that were once so vibrant and full of life are now ploughed into stillness. Gone are the flitting Swifts and Swallows soaring carefree over head, they emigrated to warmer climates shortly after Lammas. In a few short weeks everything looks so different and you cannot help but feel changed by it. This year has thankfully been a good year for crops and the farmers patiently harvested their bumper crop strip by strip.

Our once golden fields have been replaced with huge hay rolls or hay stacks. Soon those stacks and rolls will be gathered in as well and the land will return to mud. Our local farmers are kindly folk and will leave a good sized border around the fields to allow for wildlife to seek refuge from homelessness. The early mornings will soon be full of further signs of a changing year. Jewelled spiders webs will decorate Sloe heavy hedgerows and the Crane Fly aka Daddy Longlegs will soon be flapping in our hair and needing endless rescues as they get trapped on the window ledges. There is a feeling of endings but ultimately we know that 'endings' bring new beginnings.

We’ve had lots of strong sunshine and lots of night time rain this year so the crops have been bulging. It isn’t always like that though and doesn’t that just reflect life. I often read about the Sabbats being celebrated with great feasts, fires and festivals; but life events don’t always leave us jumping for joy. Often the year has thrown some kind of obstacle in the way and you’ve had to dig deep to overcome it. The Autumnal Equinox provides the perfect opportunity to stop for a moment and rest. It allows us some time for inner recuperation. Its ok to give yourself praise for being awesome and coping so far. If however you have had a wonderful year and are brimming with happiness, there is no nicer time of year to sit quietly and count those blessings.

Whereas we were recently outdoors all the time, we’re starting to venture back inside. That chill twinned with shorter days mean that come the evening its getting too cold and dark to stay out long. Its now that I prepare my house for Autumn and Winter. There is still enough sunshine to allow paint to dry outside, and knowing the wind and rain will soon be battering our homes its time to have a tidy up. I always wash down the front door and windows. I’ve also repainted them and added charms to help them hold steadfast in their job as protector. The garden fences will need re-staining too, they will need to be waterproof ready for the October rain fall and gales. All the curtains have been taken down and washed. Any arguments or bad news that have been in the house will be washed out thoroughly. The furniture will be moved outside for the afternoon and the blank canvas that is left inside will be deep cleaned.

Sometimes we feel isolated from nature and find it difficult to connect to it in our modern lives, however this flurry of activity is seen across the animal kingdom and we aren’t the only ones getting our home in order. Squirrels will be gathering in as much food as possible to see them through the winter. Stags will be rutting to see which male is the strongest and most able to keep the herd strong. Birds become more frequent visitors to our garden feeders now as the insects and berries diminish. Its now that the seed and suet balls we leave in our gardens for the birds are beginning to be appreciated. We also have Hedgehog visitors and leave special food for them. Hedgehogs are really struggling for survival and need all the help they can get.

We know loss is coming, we know the year is ending. We know the Holly King will reign soon and we hope he will look kindly and not stay longer than necessary. Inside ourselves we know this is natures party. There will be an explosion of colour across the land as the leaves change into a vivid display of richness. Conkers with their gorgeous leathery shine will be littering the ground providing food for animals and fun for us as we thread them and play ‘Conkers’. There really is so much to look forward to. On the one hand we have the echoes of summer freshly ringing in our ears, but on the other we have the Party of Autumn. We are about to experience natures final blow out before the icy grips of winter freeze the ground still.

By Amber

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A lovely read

Posted by: wychiewoman on 23/09/2014 11:04:00

 

This is worded beautifully, thank you Amber. I'm certainly counting my blessings this year!

Posted by: Jude4481 on 23/09/2014 22:32:00

 

I so enjoyed reading this! Autumn is my favourite season and you were right to describe it as a party - the colours certainly make me feel that way.

Posted by: Twisted Willow on 24/09/2014 13:22:00

 

Beautiful and uplifting! Did me good to read it! So sensitively written. A Heartfelt thank you! Blessings Reenie

Posted by: AgelessDancer on 25/09/2014 08:04:00

 

Wonderful read, makes me want to bake a pie... I Love Autumn... Thank you Amber

Posted by: WillowsMoon on 25/09/2014 21:55:00

 

Amber that was a lovely vivid portrayal of the most glorious time of the year. I always cherish this season, the refreshing cool evenings allow me to linger late on my porch, meditate, and thank the Goddess for the abundance she sends us. Thank you.

Posted by: Branche on 27/09/2014 01:21:00

 

Amber that was a lovely vivid portrayal of the most glorious time of the year. I always cherish this season, the refreshing cool evenings allow me to linger late on my porch, meditate, and thank the Goddess for the abundance she sends us. Thank you.

Posted by: Branche on 27/09/2014 01:21:00

 

That's a great reflection on the time of year Amber, really enjoyed!

Posted by: taranova on 27/09/2014 14:00:00

 

Thank you everyone :) I was nervous as its my first article here, but I'm so pleased you like it.

Posted by: Amber on 01/10/2014 10:49:00

 

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