Quite possibly the best weekend of the year, this fall equinox (Mabon) we find ourselves at a point of perfect harmony in nature. The day and the night are divided equally. We teeter on the threshold of life and death as we harvest and enjoy the fruits of our labor, and the earth (our part of it, at least) prepares to hibernate.
In Greek mythology, Autumn begins as Demeter’s daughter, Persephone, returns to the Underworld to live with Hades, her husband. Furious, Demeter roams the Earth disguised as an old woman, and curses the Earth so it would yield no crops. When questioned, she explains that there would be no regeneration of vegetation on the Earth until her daughter was safely returned.
Today, it’s a warm, spicy, earthy time for rest, relaxation and reflection; a time for hearth and home; a time to turn inward, clear clutter and get ready for winter. This seasonal shift happens this year only a few days away from the Harvest Moon. There is a shorter period of darkness between sunset and moonrise at the time of this particular full moon. In the past, the light of the Harvest Moon helped farmers to gather their crops, despite the diminishing daylight hours.
This full moon is in Aries, a fire sign. Slowing down and reflecting during this time, with the fieriness of Aries, we may all feel a little hot and bothered. We may feel emotions that have been suppressed for years. Just let it go… use the Aries confidence to get them out and work through them. This emotional time certainly calls for a manifestation of balance. Commit and do, but don’t overcommit or overdo. It’s tough, but it’s achievable.
For me, taking as much time outside, in nature, with the plants, is my favorite way to enjoy this seasonal transition and lunar effect, and maintain that balance. Pride in the things I have grown and harvested throughout the year, and excitement in the anticipation of all I will be creating this fall with my abundance.
Here is a little taste of the colorful ideas on the horizon for our upcoming events and the things I am settling in with at home as the daylight dwindles and the weather cools.