Autumn is my favourite time of the year. For me summer is great, it is time for rest, relaxation, and fun. But when Autumn starts to roll in, I feel the shift of life starting to move forward again, it’s like autumn is the start of a new year for me, a new adventure. Maybe it’s goes back to the time of returning to school, learning, meeting new people, and continuing personal growth. Though, I am glad that I’ve finally stopped having dreams about missing the school bus!
I find the smell of the autumn air crisp and refreshing, the smell of the trees and their leaves changing; the beautiful colours stir up an energy in me that it is time for me to change too, and get moving. Even though autumn is nature shifting towards winter and into rest mode, for me it feels like a revival. The autumn season is a shift to release the old, to prepare for the next cycle of life.
As the weather gets cooler, I like my warm fuzzy sweaters, it feels like hugging a furry animal and the reminder of the horses’ coats thickening and soft as they prepare for winter. All of us in our home have been smothering our cat with extra hugs lately, she’s usually quite content with this, but when she’s in her playful mood beware of her bite! Along with the warmer layers, I’m a boot lady, so I’m excited that it is time to pull out my boot collection, “these boots are made for walkin“. It’s amazing how empowering an awesome pair of boots can feel. Just look at the women superheroes and their footwear: Wonder Woman, Xena, She-Ra, Elektra – they all wore boots. A bit sad that the list of major women superheroes is sparse, but we can be our own superhero. Empowered, strong, and capable, while still being soft and gentle when we want to be.
I know many people that are not looking forward to the cold season, but find something to brighten your day and shift your mood. Whether that is a fabulous pair of boots, staying inside with a hot chocolate, bundling up to head outside on a cool sunny day, time with your loved ones (furry or not), or even planning that warm winter vacation.
Life is full of changes, and autumn is the season that demonstrates this beautifully. As we move through the autumn season, pause to enjoy nature and how she adapts, reflect on what you are moving towards, and what can be released to allow room for new growth.
What feelings does the autumn season bring up for you? What shifts are you being called to make in your life?
Autumnal Equinox – Release
(Earth Magic Oracle Cards by Steven D. Farmer)
Let go of what no longer serves you, shed the old to make room for the new. Moving through a time of renewal, preparing for a new stage of growth.
“Now is the time to let anything in your life fall away that is no longer useful or needed for the emerging expression of who you are. Allow yourself to gradually shed what has become burdensome and no longer congruent with your soul’s purpose.
With release comes a sense of being much lighter, just like the trees that openly bare their nakedness once their leaves have departed and give room for whatever new life is ready to birth following a period of quiet and gestation. So let go of whatever has outlived its purposefulness and trust than something else better will take its place.”