In the northern hemisphere we have entered into Autumn, the days are shortening and light levels are dropping.
Aligning with Autumn allows us to notice the growth of the year, the lush and ripe berries adorning hedgerows and the harvesting of foods for humans and wildlife, the more than human.
This reminds us to harvest our own growth and recognise where we have grown this year, and what that means for each of us. That alignment calls for honouring, an honouring of yourself and where you have invested your energies this year.
In the garden it is the perfect time to reflect on the plants, which ones have become congested, which ones need more light, which ones require more space. We can lift, divide and move plants such as perennials, plant new trees and collect seeds for next year.
This is symbolic of the parts of yourself that need more nourishment, that need more space and the planning of what seeds you want to sow for yourself next year.
If you go out into nature now you may see Ivy Bees gorging on Ivy berries, the arrival of fieldfares and redwings or many types of fruiting bodies of fungi, such as “witches butter” and “Common puffballs”.
The fruiting bodies of fungi are fascinating to find and look at. An awe moment comes when we stop to think about how those fungi are connected under the ground, the wood wide web. Imagine an underground network connecting each tree and plant, right beneath our feet.
Deciduous trees are putting on a fantastic show as their leaves change from green, to red, orange, yellow and brown. The trees will be letting go of those leaves shortly as they no longer serve, so here is your invitation to reflect on what is no longer serving you and “letting it go”.
- Stand in light autumn rain to “wash away” any stress or worries.
- Collect conkers and acorns and randomly plant them out in new places (appropriate places) for future generations.
- Go on an autumn scavenger hunt to find berries, sycamore seeds, acorns, horse chestnuts, red leaves, yellow leaves and fungi.