The society many of us live in has forgotten about our connection to Earth Mother. Some of us have become so far removed from the foundations of the seasons that we don’t always recognize the blessings in them. What we need to remember is that nature’s rhythm is our rhythm, and the best way to acknowledge the changing of the seasons is to celebrate them.
Celebrating the seasons isn’t something that has to happen on a specific day at a specific time in a specific location. It doesn’t have to be rushed or over the top. Creating a festival for a solstice or equinox is exciting and something you and your family can plan together. You can cook and feast together, using a special tablecloth with appropriate patterns for the occasion – florals for spring, tropical fruit for summer, leaves for autumn, and snowflakes for winter. You can also decorate the space and dress for the event.
Autumn Equinox is the season of balance, abundance, and one that honors our precious Earth Mother. That’s exactly what my family and I did; we honored her with a fall festival.
We gathered. We ate, We played. We shared.
Our ceremony occurred on Earth herself. My husband and I started the day by decorating our backyard with autumn-themed decor and we even added some fun playthings for our moonchild. Then we prepared our meal of butternut squash with garlic and herbs, sweet potato casserole, and baked apples with cinnamon. We made art out of leaves which served as our offering and we sent well-wishes to the environment.
We reflected on all the wonderful things that have happened in our lives since the spring equinox and discussed what we enjoyed most about the warm summer days. We made plans for how we will maintain that warmth through the winter and what we will do to finish out the year strong. We concluded the sacred celebration with a tea ceremony and song.
Incorporating this type of ritual into my daughter’s life is a declaration of our ability to stay connected to nature in mind, body, and spirit. It’s an illustration of how much we love one another and how important it is to congregate in a fun, creative, and caring way.