Aligning with the seasons is one of my favourite and most life-enriching things to do. We are nature and nature is us and the more that we can synchronise with it in a world where we have been distanced from it's natural rhythms, cycles and inherent wisdom through our ways of living, the more successful, nourished and free we can be in our own lives.
Right now in the UK we are between Autumn Equinox, which we reached on the 22nd September, and Samhain, as it is called in ancient calendars that works closely to the rhythms of nature, on the 31st October. With Autumn Equinox being a time of the year when night and day are of equal length, we are currently in a time of transition, balance and movement towards the darkest part of the year which really gets real at Samhain. Samhain is called 'Nature's New Year' in the way that it is when, truly, the new year begins in nature as the seeds and fruits fall into the ground to be gestated, held and rooted through winter to grow and show themselves in Spring and bloom in Summer.
Right now we are seeing many of the last leaves, flowers and fruits from the previous year and season fall and finish. It is a time of turning inward and reflecting on the harvest of the past year - looking at what we are grateful for and what we have learnt - what we can contribute and share with what we have harvested and learnt and what we want to close and open to.
There are five practical ways that I love making the most of Autumn and want to share with you to make the most of your Autumn, whatever it means to you:
1. Being in nature and following it's lead
Nature talks to us if we give her our time. Spending some time outside each day, even if for a few minutes, and looking at where she is at in her cycles is the best way to take inspiration and learning from her. I like to do daily magical rituals in nature to connect me intimately with her gifts. I have been bringing old leaves in to my home and altars from my morning walks and observing them as they die further, curling and drying up. I look at the beauty of letting go in this and imagine the things that I am letting go of, that will die and go, like these leaves, if I offer them up to nature.
2. Setting written intentions, and burning sh*t
Writing down the things that we want to let go of really brings power and focus to the process. Whenever we close to something we open to something else and I like to imagine what I also want to bring in and how if I surrender the things that I want to let go of, I will indeed create space for these new things to arrive. Making art or just celebrating these new things by putting them on an altar or wall can help to enliven this process, as does burning a list of the old things to let go.
3. Playing in the leaves
I LOVE rolling in Autumn leaves and I am really excited about the point coming soon when there are going to be even more on the ground to roll in! Involving our body and all of our senses in everything we do is much more powerful that just staying in the mind. We need to embody the wisdom we find, rather than just 'knowing' it and so I find that really feeling what these leaves and what this season feels like brings it to life for me and involves me more in it's process.
4. Detoxing, cleansing, decluttering and clearing
As nature has a good old clear out of the deadwood, the old excess and the, now, unnecessary, it is also a great time to do this both inside and outside. It is the season of grief - a time to feel and honour our losses fully, so that we can let them go and find the treasures they hold. I make time to feel and to be - to lean into my pain and to honour it's messages and it's wisdom. Every day, week, monthly moon cycle and year I do some kind of grief ritual - whether that be shaking out the day, journalling or writing about my loss, or lighting a candle and offering the fire of it what I want to let go from that day.
It is also a great time of year to declutter and cleanse our homes and our bodies of all of the things that are not serving us, that do not lift, nourish and empower us and that have outrun their course in their presence in our lives. I have spent alot of time getting rid of items that are in some way 'unfinished' yet that I don't have the want or motivation to finish anymore. This closes up energy leaks in our life and focuses and frees us up into creating in the present moment, one of the greatest beauties there is.
5. Lighting the lantern and going into the dark
With the dark and cold season to come and the days soon to close in further and further, it is a great time to connect to our inner fire and light, which can light, warm and guide us through to Spring again.
With social activity waning and less daylight, heat and desire to be out and about we can maximise this to our advantage by taking this opportunity to do any beautiful inner work with our darkness or light that will ensure that when Spring soon comes round again, we are ready and resourced to stir, dawn, flower, and awaken.
Enjoy Autumn in whichever way resonates with you! xxx
If you would like hands on support to make the most of Autumn and maximise this opportunity to do the inner work needed to live your Wild Magical Freedom by Spring take a look at they ways in which I can support you Be Free here or follow along with my weekly newsletter by subscribing below, or following me on social media, underneath that.