Updated: Feb 3, 2022
As October 1st marks our calendars and the winds of change breeze through our lives, we enter the season of Autumn. Autumn is one of Earth’s four seasons that immediately commence after summer and foreshadows winter and is all about change - in nature, our environment and ourselves. Temperatures become cooler, days become shorter and the nights are longer. The moon is brighter during this period of year and the endless colours of nature can be magnificent.
Autumn is a time for harvest as the animals start preparation for the oncoming cold months and plants stop making food, everything in the nature slowly starting to fall asleep. Farmers and gardeners collect apples, pumpkins, pears, corn and other different crops, because the first frost can come suddenly and all efforts to growing them will be in vain.
For me, the Fall season is a time of some sadness, reflection and the undeniable truth that nothing lasts forever. Autumn teaches us about change, about honouring death as everything begins to prepare for winter. Autumn calls us in from Summer’s playground and asks significant questions about our own harvest. What do we need to gather into our spiritual barns? What is it in our lives that needs to fall away like autumn leaves in order to change and transform? Autumn speaks of connection and yearning, wisdom and aging, transformation and surrender, emerging shadows and mystery. We are invited to let go and encouraged to let things move on in our lives. It has taken a long time for me to let go of what was keeping me chained to the past and what Autumn brings for me. I have come to realize that the season of Autumn will not stay forever as each season’s entrance and departure is part of the continuous circle of life, death and transformation.