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THE MAGIC OF AUTUMN. LITERALLY. RITUALS INCLUDED By Sarah Jenks

THE MAGIC OF AUTUMN. LITERALLY. RITUALS INCLUDED.

Autumn is the number one reason we moved to Massachusetts.  When temperatures dropped in July in San Francisco to the high 60s and the sunny afternoon was cut off by a blanket of cold fog every day, I felt so depressed.  But when the temperature climbed back up to 85 in September and left my beloved flannel shirts hanging in the closet, I felt like dying.  The kids would get sun burnt apple picking, there wasn’t a red leaf in sight and hot cider was the last thing I ever wanted to drink.

It’s also my birthday next week, so I have an even deeper connection to this incredible season.

You see, Mother Earth has an intelligence, and every physical shift and change is a message on how to be in the flow, to embrace our natural power and be more ALIVE.

Fall starts with the harvest, a time when farmers pull food from the ground, harvest the wheat and the corn and get busy prepping and storing it for the winter.  The animals are following suit gathering acorns and building winter proof homes.  It’s a time of great activity, business, and organization.  No wonder we’ve naturally chosen this time to go back to school.

We’ve been in the sign of Virgo for almost a month now which carries that same energy of business and organization.  My Annabelle is a Virgo and I see her organizing her toys, crayons, spoons, and clothing all the time, totally naturally in her free time.  She carries a part of this fall energy with her everywhere.  Virgo is also the sign of the Great Mother.  In early September, I felt myself wanting to shirk my motherhood responsibilities after a whole summer of being with the kids.  But Marshall was having the hardest time adjusting to his new school (probably because he could feel my exhaustion and pulling away).  So I had to sink into the natural rhythm of the season and recommit to how I wanted to mother him through this transition, while also honoring the natural energy of my own work, it was a lot to hold!  When I was in the middle of unraveling this dance between wanting to go into my red tent and create and being fully present for Marshall, a Mother Deer and her Baby walked through my backyard. Message received.

The 23rd is Mabon or the Fall Equinox, the day that measures equal hours of light and dark; night and the day are the same length – balance. It is also when we move into the sign of Libra, whose symbol is the scales – again, balance. Traditionally in the Northern Hemisphere, it is a time to have a great Harvest Festival, to really celebrate all of the hard work of the year and rest after a month of the hard work of harvesting.  

I define Magic as aligning with the natural power of what’s happening around us.  The Goddess/God/Divine (doesn’t matter what you call it) has created a world that moves in a certain pattern (Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter) which also corresponds with the moon phases (Waxing, Full Moon, Waning, New Moon), which also corresponds with our menstrual cycle (Follicular, Ovulation, Luteal, Bleeding).  This is the rhythm.  We can’t stop it, we can only ignore it.  But when we align our own energy and intentions with that of the seasons or moon cycle or menstrual (or all of them) we have double the power backing us up.  It’s like getting on the moving sidewalk in the airport, if you get on the one going the right direction, you get to where you’re going twice as fast.

This time in autumn is telling us to celebrate, to be grateful of what we have created in our life and to contemplate balance.  The magic of this is that when we are grateful for the abundance in our life, it multiplies and puts us in a high energetic vibration open to receiving more.  And in a few weeks, we are going to start seeing the leaves fall off the trees and have more darkness than light – a message to release, simplify and start to go in.

In my own life, I have found that just by paying attention to the messages of the season and doing very simple rituals to root into the lessons and align myself, crazy shit happens.

Here are two rituals you can do this week to connect with the Magic of Autumn:

Divine Dinner Party

Consider gathering a few friends on Mabon (Autumn Equinox) or a night near to it for dinner at your home.  Create a centerpiece with seasonal fruits and vegetables (lots of orange and red) and some orange and red candles (or any candle you have laying around, don’t over complicate it).  Ask your friends to bring a dish (we are celebrating balance after all).

Set sacred space around your table.  This can look like

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Not Into Halloween? Here are 13 Rituals to Celebrate Samhain | Gaia

By: Gaia Staff

Samhain is a time-honored tradition followed by witches, Wiccans, ancient druids and countless other modern pagans across the world, celebrated as October turns to November. Samhain is a festival of the Dead, meaning “Summer’s End,” and though you’re probably tempted to pronounce it “sam-hane,” it’s actually pronounced saah-win or saah-ween.

What is a Samhain Celebration?

Tradition holds that Samhain is a celebration of the end of the harvest and the start of the coldest half of the year, and with this transition it’s also celebrated as the beginning of the spiritual new year for practitioners, which is also why it’s nicknamed “The Witches’ New Year.”

How to Celebrate Samhain

Samhain is typically celebrated by preparing a dinner to celebrate the harvest. The holiday is meant to be shared with those who have passed on as well as those still with us. Set a place at the table for those in the spiritual plane, providing an offering for them upon every serving throughout the meal. In addition to those who have passed, invite friends and family to enjoy the feast with you. Typical beverages include mulled wine, cider, and mead, and are to be shared with the Dead throughout the meal.

Despite occurring at similar times and containing similar themes, Samhain and Halloween actually are not the same holiday. Halloween, short for All Hallow’s Eve, is celebrated on and around

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What Does a Full Moon Mean? The Role of the Full Moon in Astrology

The full moon is a peak, and many feel the buzz. It’s a crescendo and sometimes brings on a reckoning, or a moment of truth. It’s associated with illumination since it lights up the dream time landscape.

At the full moon, the luminaries, the sun and moon, are always in opposite Zodiac signs.  The polarity brings heightened tension, as balance is sought between the two extremes.

Waxing and Waning Moon

When the moon has been waxing (increasing), set new moon intentions, and be ready to act. In the hum of the jolty energies, there can be epiphanies about things that were vague desires at the new moon.

Make it real, with tangible actions, perhaps a ritual that signifies you’re ready to integrate your intent. Stay open to surprise, too, and divine inspiration.

Every month, you have a chance to experience a fresh start. The moon’s waxing and waning are like the shortest hand on the cosmic clock. The intentions we set with the moon can get specific, and match the traits of the sign that month.

This is a way to stay attuned to cosmic currents and go with the flow. It’s a constant in a chaotic time, that the moon waxes and wanes. Each lunation is a chance to set new goals, and feel closer to a bigger mystery.

Full Moon Intentions

This word is used a lot and is interchangeable with the word goals. Perhaps, though, it suggests an active engagement in what you’re co-creating with the universe.

Your intent is what you intend to create in your life. Some like to create Vision Boards at the New Moon. But the amped-up energies and clear sight make the full moon ideal for dreaming-while-awake.

Preparing for the Full Moon

Each full Moon has a different intuitive feel, and any ritual you do could draw on the essence of the sign. As it approaches, you might gather photos, found objects, meaningful totems, and place them with your intentions in a prominent place. You might light a candle in a simple full moon ritual.

Time to Celebrate

The full moon often casts an exuberant vibe, making it a great time to have a party. This also opens the door for meaningful people to step into your life. But keep in mind that it can be intense, too. There’s a reason why more patrolmen are sent out on full moons. Take time to honor yourself in some way for any steps you took since the new moon.

The Climax and the Big Reveal

Sometimes full moons feel like the end of an act in your ongoing life story. It’s like in a movie where all the plot points are pulled together, and for a brief moment, you can see the interwoven whole. If you set intentions, the full Moon is a time when you begin to make out the path and can take an exciting step forward. It is both a culmination and a time to act on something you’ve imagined. In the act of doing, you have brought an idea into reality and made magic.

 

by Molly Hall