Autumn, A Season of Gratitude

September 23, 2009 By: Matsya Siosal Category: Living with Intention, Mind Body Spirit

Throughout each year there are many days that serve as special markers of time, experience and hope for the future. Birthdays, the new year and other seasonal or religious holidays all help us celebrate our lives and can also serve as a powerful point in time to pause, reflect and then move forward with renewed intention.

Amaranth, brilliant fall color from the garden

Amaranth, brilliant fall color from the garden

Yesterday marked the Autumnal Equinox or the first day of fall, and today begins the ever faster approach of shorter days and longer nights. The Autumnal Equinox is also a time associated with balance and gratitude.

Twice a year come spring and fall, the tilt of Earth’s axis is inclined neither away from nor towards the Sun and the Sun is aligned vertically above a point on the Equator. From the Latin aequus (equal) and nox (night), night and day are approximately of equal length on the Autumnal and Vernal (spring) equinoxes. Fall, being a time of ripening and harvest, naturally marks the beginning of a season of thanksgiving, where we are grateful for the Earth’s abundance and wisely prepare for winter.

This seasonal metaphor goes far beyond the cycle of agriculture. Typically summer is a period of activity and progress, where we flourish like all plants and animals, nurtured by the abundant energy of the sunniest season. In astrology we enter the sign of Libra, with its scales representing balance and duality. Consider the Equinox an invitation to pause and reflect on how you have grown this summer, evaluate your level of balance and acknowledge your harvest, in whatever form it takes.

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