Autumnal Equinox: The Harvest

Today is the Autumnal Equinox, the day when the daylight and the darkness are equal. From here on the darkness will increase and the daylight recede until the depths of winter and the Winter Solstice where the tides will turn once again and the daylight we being to gain power over the dark.

The fall equinox is traditionally the main harvest marking the end of summer. Harvesting and storing food for the coming winter was critical for survival. Some of us still harvest foodstuffs in our physical gardens, but I'd like to invite you to ask yourself what you can harvest on a less physical level? What did you grow during spring and summer that you can reap now? Did you start a new job and can you now look at the last 6 months and see progress and change? Did you have a baby or get married? How has your life changed in the past 6 months?  

Harvest time is also a time to feel closer to nature, closer to the earth that provides our nourishment, our means of survival. It's a time of grounding and re-connecting. Spend time out of doors, walking barefoot on the earth, or next to a body of water where you can feel linked to Mother Earth. 

Make an autumn wreath by using hot glue to attach pinecones, fallen leaves, dried seed pods, etc to a grapevine wreath. Plan a harvest feast for your friends and family including food items perfectly ripe this time of year: corn, apples, pears, pomegranates, nuts.

Replenish your bird and squirrel feeders. Tidy up the garden. Play in the leaf pile! Enjoy this beautiful time of year.