Summer is drawing to an end, with days shortening, temperatures slowly dropping and some trees already losing their leaves. As much as we enjoyed the summer, autumn isn’t far.
Autumn Equinox is the astrological start of autumn when day and night are the same lengths of time. This is one of only two days (spring equinox being the other one) on which the sun is rising precisely due east and sets due west. After that day our days are shorter than the nights and you could get the feeling that we get up when it’s dark and come home when its dark.
I have always loved the changing seasons. After all, you can only enjoy the light and warm days of spring and summer when you had a dark and cold winter. Lighter days are for being bright and airy, to do things outside and to be active. Longer nights are to regain energy, nourish yourself, read a book, reflect on what has happened and plan for things to come.
The Autumn Equinox is a chance to celebrate a new season, to contemplate on what has passed and look forward what is to come.
As the days become shorter I am stocking up on herbal teas and scented candles. We have been blackberry picking and I have made some crumble in my slow cooker. And on Sunday, which is the actual day of the Equinox, I will get out my journal and reflect on my hopes and fears and celebrate everything I am proud and grateful for.
This year the Autumn Equinox will be on Sunday, 23rd September. Perfect timing to meet up with some friends for a walk and enjoy the changing colours of the season.