Ode to Autumn

Ahhhh… Fall.  The Autumnal Equinox is upon us and I am in my happy place.  For many people, the fall months signal the dreaded death march to the winter cold, but I welcome the fall months like a lover returning home from a year-long trip abroad.

I was born in late October, under crisp starry skies above and the crunch of colorful fallen leaves below.  Fall is the most beautiful season (to me) because it marries the bountiful harvest and the world’s descent into darkness and ultimately rebirth when we begin again.

Perhaps my deep and abiding adoration for the fall months stems from multiple (astrological) placements in Virgo, Libra, and Scorpio… I relish the late summer sun spilling over into abundance and then deepening towards darkness and the mysteries of life.  It is my provenance. There is a natural ending in everything we experience as humans, and fall is the physical embodiment of this.  We are reminded of our light and our shadow, our abundance and our decline, as we harvest the seeds we planted and then surrender what we no longer truly need.

Think back to your New Year’s resolutions; are you reaping the bounty of the goals you set?  Perhaps at the start of the year, you set the intention to live your life without perfectionism and negative self-talk, and worked hard to let go of that habit pattern.  Fall is the time you sacrifice that critical inner voice to be replaced with confidence and self-love.  Come the winter solstice, you will be born again as a powerful force of love for yourself and others.

Today I encourage you to embrace everything you’ve accomplished so far this year and celebrate your achievements. Allow yourself to feel the duality of abundance and surrender – of having and letting go at the same time.   Connect yourself to the natural world and feel the significance of your place within it.  Feel the air as it changes, and behold the trees as they explode in glorious color in preparation to release their leaves and go dormant.

The tiny spark of divinity we all possess stays lit through it all until we phoenix and begin again.

Enjoy the ride.