Sept. 22, 2016 marks the Autumn Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere. The sun will be shining directly on the equator, creating a unique situation—the same amount of daylight and darkness will be present all around the world!
Honoring the ritual and celebration of this day can help make the seasonal transition more easeful, especially when cooler weather can feel dampening and depressing for some.
Here are six ways to celebrate the Autumn Equinox:
Host a feast among friends with summer fruits and veggies.
Celebrate the harvest of the season with a feast! Think local/organic peaches, corn, tomatoes and tons of fresh herbs (and maybe add some burrata in there… I won’t tell).
Go for a long walk or hike in nature.
Steeping in the vibrancy of the changing colors and breathing in the crisp, Fall air will help you sink your senses into the cycles of nature. And while you’re at it…
Gather the fruits the Earth is bestowing on us.
In Colorado, the trees are blessing us with apples everywhere right now, the Earth telling us: “Take it! Enjoy the bounty!” Apples traditionally represent abundance—whether you gather or purchase, take some extra time to nosh on them (or put them on your altar for a few days).
Cleanse your home physically and energetically.
In preparation for more time indoors, do an intentional Fall Cleanse of the things in your home that don’t bring your joy or no longer serve you. Physically clean your space, and then do a ritual smudging using sage or sweetgrass.
Do a sacred dance ritual.
Alone or with friends, celebrating the harvest of the season and your aliveness through dance is a powerful practice. Hold a special dance gathering or event to honor the shift, or simply include this intention in your embodied morning routine.
Honor the dark Goddesses.
The Goddesses Demeter and Persephone are strongly connected to the Autumn Equinox. When Hades abducted Persephone, it set in motion a chain of events that eventually led to the Earth falling into darkness each winter, according to the Pagans. This is the time of the Dark Mother, the Crone aspect of the triple goddesses (Maiden, Mother and Crone). For some actionable guidance, you can do this simple ritual that includes the luscious nectars of pomegranates and wine.
Happy Autumn, ladies and gentlemen.