The change of light is all around us. This time of year in the northern hemisphere the bright warm light of summer moves toward Autumn with her crisp cool mornings, golden afternoons and long shadows. Autumn in ancient cultures and traditions represented the gathering in of the harvest and the gathering together of community to celebrate the bounty. Fall Equinox is the time when day and night are of equal length, the dark is in balance with the light. The sun is also entering the astrological sign of Libra which is represented by the symbol of scales and balance. We can view it as a metaphor of our own need for balance in our lives. The balance of sorrow and joy, silence and celebration, movement and stillness.
In Greek mythology fall is associated with the goddess Persephone who returns to the underworld for six months to be with her husband, Hades. Persephone’s mother, Demeter the goddess of grain, mourns the loss of her daughter and the grain of the earth dies away in reflection of her grief. Persephone descends into the darkness to be in her wisdom and to express her compassion by caring for the dead.
With autumn we move through our changes by embracing the opportunity of letting go of past hurts, to allow that which no longer serves us to “fall away”. The turning wheel of the year is also a circle returning us to the anniversaries which serve as a constant reminder of our losses. We can mark those times by remembering with love that which has been lost. We can turn our attention toward those who need to be cared for in our communities or families. We can allow ourselves to be nurtured.
Autumn holds for us the promise of our own internal wisdom, the descent into our own depths to receive insight on what we need to give, what we need to receive, and what will bring healing to ourselves and our beloved planet.