The leaves are becoming tinted with hues of reds, browns, and oranges, the days are becoming shorter, and everything seems so warm and welcoming when the air first starts to get nippy. The people seem cheery, even more so than during the holidays. There is almost this pause, were our day-to-day lives start to slow down and become rich with passion and exuberance.
I’ve always had a bias for autumn more than any other season. It’s probably because it’s the most neutral of seasons where I grew up. The mornings are misty while the nights are foggy with the afternoons being without even one sodden cloud. It’s rare for an autumn to be hiemal so a light jacket with a scarf and a hat would do. Nature walks are so vibrant that it almost feels like the colors are hugging you as you walk deeper and deeper into the forest. The sights, sounds, & smells all warm you up without a single hand warmer. Theatrical and ghoulish things start to rise up from their hibernations; Halloween movies start to play on almost every channel, there is a pumpkin stand on almost every corner that sells gourds, flint, and hay stacks, and of course who can forget the art of consumerism starts to perk up, once again, all over town.
I love that there is always the smell of spices in the air, mixtures of: ginger, cloves, nutmeg, star anise, mace, and of course cinnamon!
When the wind starts to nip at your fingertips and your nose, you start to want to nuzzle up with others, even if you’re not a snuggling kind of person, you always seem to end up huddled together with the ones you love.
For many Pagan and Wiccan traditions it is a time of giving thanks for the things we have, whether it is abundant crops or other blessings. It’s a time of thanks, and also a time of balance — after all, there are equal hours of daylight and darkness. While we celebrate the gifts of the earth, we also accept that the soil is dying. We have food to eat, but the crops are brown and going dormant. Warmth is behind us, cold lies ahead. It’s a neutral time, to pause and reflect on the past year and what lies ahead. It’s a time for gathering, togetherness, & manifesting abundance. The energy of this season is grounding and stable, helping you to connect to and be more aware of this physical 3rd dimension and your physical body. Eat a lot of root veggies and winter veggies to help this process. Surround yourself with grounding colors like: reds, browns, and black. Some herbs can help too; whether you use them for tea, incense, or essential oils, they can help with this process as well; Cedar, Vetiver, Benzoine, Myrrh, Sandalwood, Ylang Ylang, Cyrus, Oak Moss, Patchouli, Rosewood, Pine, Juniper, Spruce, White Fir, Angelica, Chamomile, and Lavender are some oils that are used for grounding. Many of these can be found in teas, incense, or oils and can be used in many different ways, find which way is best for you. Some people can’t handle strong scents that are given off by incense so for those of you that don’t like it you can buy an aroma diffuser/vaporizer for your oils which doesn’t give off as strong of a scent. Some crystals give off grounding energies some of these stones are: Hematite, Smokey Quarts, Obsidian, Red Coral, Onyx, Black Tourmaline, Ruby, Garnet, Pyrite Tiger Iron, Tigers Eye, Black Opal, Staurolite, Vanadinite, Black Andradite Garnet, Apache Tears, Goethite, Magnetite, Axinite, Cassiterite, Chiastolite, Rhodochrosite, Rhodonite, Red Uvite, Red Crocoite, Covellite, Carnelian, Fire Agate, Elestial Quartz, Nuummite, Red Jasper, Zircon, Shungite, and Brown Tourmaline are some stones used for grounding.
Happy Autumn, my darlings (◠‿◠✿)