Even though I absolutely adore Summer, I am secretly pleased that Autumn is well and truly here. The misty mornings, the glistening spider webs and the cooler days are just a few things that add a sprinkling of magic to this time of year. I can also hear Mother Nature whispering to me as she begins to prepare for her Winter slumber. The following are just a few ideas I hope will inspire you to get in the mood for Autumn.
- Visit loved ones’ graves and decorate them. While this activity is more commonly seen at Samhain, this time of year is undoubtedly a celebration of endings as we watch birds migrate, flora die and fauna preparing for the long Winter months ahead. Autumn time allows us to reflect on the meaning of death and its importance within the natural cycle.
- It was traditional at this time of year to offer up the last harvest grains in thanks for the year’s abundance. This gesture reminds us that we cannot receive these gifts of food without Gaia’s intervention. Leave offerings of fruits, grains or berries in a field or under a tree, giving thanks for all the little things that we can so often take for granted.
- Celebrate your own personal harvest. What have you sown and reaped this year? Celebrate your successes, your accomplishments and reflect on what you have done to enhance your life.
- Connect to an ancient custom by making a rattle with natural materials like seeds, nuts and gourds. Rattles are traditionally used to ward off negativity, purify space and raise energy.
- Autumn is a time when homes and gardens are cleaned and tidied. Give away what you no longer need so that you can begin this new phase with a clear mind.
- Create your own hearth and home ritual. Perhaps a small ritual of thanks and gratitude in honour of the Mother and Crone Goddesses.
- Think about planting bulbs for next Spring and offer libations to the trees.
- Decorate your altar with spirals, pine cones, acorns, nuts, berries, corn dolls and Autumn wreaths.
- Take a quiet moment to rest, reflect and rebalance. This is the time we re-enter the dark womb of the Goddess and begin to explore our inner selves. Plant the seeds of your dreams ready to spring forth next year.
- Go for a walk in the woods and marvel at the smells and colours of this time of transition.
- Make your own bird feeders.
- Visit a farmer’s market, local farm or orchard.
- Donate to your local food bank or homeless shelter.
- Fill small baskets with fruit or nuts and pine cones to decorate your home with.
- Make a charm from some hazelnuts and beads thread them onto a red thread and hang up for protection.
- Create mobiles out of nuts, acorns, conkers, dried citrus slices, twigs and twine.
- Wrap up warm and go for a walk along the beach.
- Make some acorn bells. (Tutorial on Pinterest)
- Make some walnut shell wishing candles. (Tutorial on Pinterest)
- Create an Autumn leaf mandala.
- Have or attend a bonfire. Dance, drum and sing.
- Have a go at making your own apple cider or bake an apple pie or a loaf of bread.