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Sunday, September 22, 2019

The Autumnal Equinox...... 🍁🍂🎃🍂🍁

Tonight is the Eve of the celebration of the Autumnal Equinox.   We consider that Autumn 'officially' starts, tomorrow.  🍁
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Twice a year, in Spring and in Autumn, day and night are (nearly) equal.  And that's why these times are call equinoxes.
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The season of picking and "putting up,"  (canning and freezing) summer's bounty, for the coming winter, is nearly done.   And it's truly becoming the Harvest Season. 
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In the Northern Hemisphere, the days will become shorter and the nights longer.   So, in ancient times, it was a time to give thanks for the abundance of food, which grew during the growing season.   Now, when we can get food, from all over the world, in any season, this doesn't seem so important.   -sigh-   But when is it ever, not a good idea, to notice, and be grateful for abundance?  
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This waning time of year, we tend to feel a pull, to find comfort, in our warm homes.  To look inward, in that way.    Could we also look within ourselves?   If there are parts of our life, where balance has been lost....     Contemplate how to restore balance there.   
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While looking inward, if we realize that we have formed habits, which are not in our best interest...   We could consciously try to let them fall away, like the falling leaves.  🍂🍂🍂   And make way, for a more peaceful colder and darker season.  
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See, the beginning of Autumn, does not have to be just a day on the calendar.   It can have more personal meaning than just that.   In fact, if we have a special  Autumnal meal, we can make it a more interesting Day, for all in our circle/family.    While enjoying the food and company, maybe talk some, about what this Day can mean....    Even to us, in the modern world.    
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And maybe realize that those ancient peoples, who first did these Celebrations, had some great ideas, going for them!!!!!
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6 comments:

Nikki-ann said...

As much as I love autumn and its glorious colours, I hate the nights getting longer (especially when I have to drive home from work in the dark and barely see the daylight).

Lady Locust said...

I made my first pot of soup since spring. It was perfect and delicious. The cooler nights are a welcome relief.

mamasmercantile said...

A lovely post, giving me lots to think about.

Jo said...

I'm always sad when summer comes to an end but there's no denying that the nights are drawing in now and there's a nip in the air.

Dianna said...

I love your ideas here—to get cozy in our homes, and clean up our lives so we're comfortable with ourselves as well.

Pam said...

Very nicely said. It actually feels like a cool fall morning on my deck. Usually by now I feel the slight heat coming in and by ten I am off the deck but for now...it feels amazing. I am in my hammock and I have my beautiful quilt my sis in law made me wrapped around me. Right now it is 66 degrees with a cool breeze coming in on the deck. In reply to your thoughts on my post the other day, emotionally and mentally, I am healing. Yes, all stemming from my moms death. You see with you have a chronic illness like mine, stress is so not a good thing. The loss of mom caused a lot of stress and emotional upheaval which caused my pain to get worse. With the loss, the stress the pain I could not emotionally heal. Now that the body is feeling better from the water PT, the 5-HTP, and the Cymabalta my body is healing as much as it can which means I am getting back to dealing with my normal everyday pain. With the emotional part I am feeling better, enough to start doing so crafting sort of projects. Funny, never really thought much about it but looking back I realize that my creativity is strangled out when I am not in balance. When you don't see me crafting or doing projects for a long period of time it can alert someone to me being out of sorts. I had known that but never have I really put much into it. Now I do, I know it for sure first hand now. I am still healing, but doing better.