Some see this as a time of death, and hibernation , but I view this upcoming season as a wonderful time of year. The air is crisp and clean, and life has to hurry to finish the tasks that have been set before it. I love to watch the frenzied scurrying of chipmunks and squirrels as they search for, and then hide, their prized nuts and acorns. And to me the trees do not die, or even hibernate. At least not quite yet ! To me they seem to bloom into a wonderful array of colors that light up any landscape, the way that the great painter Monet was able to use colors to paint his masterpieces.
The pumpkins and squash, though small as of yet, remind us that the great year wheel has turned, and that the seasonal spoke that is Autumn, now points directly in our direction. Time surely waits for no one, but progresses in a slow steady rythym that not even the Gods and Goddesses can, or would want to, change.
The yellowing of the cornstalks reminds us also that the harvests have come in . The markets are full of nature's bounty, and we should thank our great Gods and Goddesses for such a wonderful variety, and quantity, of fresh fruits, grains, and vegetables, that make us the healthy, and happy, people that we are. This is a wonderful time of the year to count our blessings, and if possible give back something to those who are less fortunate. Especially in these hard and trying times.
Yes, to me Autumn is a time of blessings, not of regrets, or fear. A time to enjoy the awesome beauty that nature shows us in an array of colors more varied than even the great rainbow bridge. And just as the geese, and other birds gather to fly down south to warmer climates for the upcoming winter months, so should we join together as a community of like folk to enjoy this wonderful time of year. A community of kind hearts can warm even the coldest of seasons. May you all be blessed with a marvellous Autumn season this year !
P. S. On the 22nd and 23rd, in response to how I perform rituals, I will be printing my Autumnal Equinox Rite. I really do not like doing this, but I have had some newcomers ask how I perform rituals, so this one time I will print how I perform this one. Use it only as a guide. Remember the Gods and Goddesses want to hear rituals that come from YOU not from someone else !
Go with Odin's wisdom, Freyja's love and Thor's protection !