Celtic tradition also celebrated this marking of the change from Summer to Autumn.
Harvest festivals meant that people could celebrate the abundance of fruits and vegetables and great feasts were held, business concluded as people began to prepare for the winter months and a period of reflection.
It also marks the passage of womanhood from the fecundity of motherhood as she passes into the crone or Wise Woman.
It’s a time to reflect on the balance between light and dark as the equinox brings us a period of almost equal length of night and day.
A time too to reflect on the change of season and although Australia marks the change of season by the calendar – Australian Autumn starts on the 1st March – we have experienced six consecutive days of temperatures in the high 30C” (which crisped the leaves nicely) and then marked by high winds and a terrific thunderstorm today. All serving to remind us that warmer days are now being left behind and colder weather lies ahead.
So how to celebrate or mark the Equinox?
Bring some balance to your life.
- Show gratitude for any abundance you are experiencing and become aware of the high energy of this time….. the waxing moon as we head to the Full Moon and Easter will affect many people energetically.
- Draw up a “Gratitude List” – putting it down on paper will help to bring a new perspective to your situation.
- If you are blessed with abundance, share some of that with others less fortunate. Perhaps donate some non perishables to your local charity or do some fundraising for a worthy cause.
- Reconnect with nature – walk in the local park and enjoy Nature’s technicolour show of Autumn leaves. Visit your local orchardist and pick some new season apples – you will be amazed at how different they taste to shop ones which often have been in cold storage for more than a year.
- Gather some friends together and have your own “feast” – savour the taste of the harvest fruit and vegetables and feast on timeless stories….