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It’s beginning to feel like Autumn!

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On September 23rd, the Sun enters Libra and Autumn begins. In the same way that the Solstice marks the days of longest and shortest “light,” the Equinoxes mark the day of equal light. Nox is the Roman goddess of night so equinox literally means “equal night.” The glyph for Libra represents the setting sun expressing the balance between night and day. In traditional Astrology, the Sun is “exalted” in Aries while halfway through its circuit along the ecliptic, it is in “fall” in Libra, Aries’ opposite sign.

The rising of the constellation Libra marked the beginning of the New Year in ancient Egypt. Equinoxes are the two points in the year (March 19-21 and September 21-23) when the Sun crosses the celestial equator. At these times, day and night in Northern and Southern hemispheres are of equal length. The Spring (vernal) Equinox occurs midway between the Winter and Summer solstices; the Autumnal Equinox occurs midway between the Summer and Winter solstices. The Autumn equinoctial festival of Mabon mirrors the spring equinoctial festival of Oestara with the Light and Dark forces of the Universe switching ascendancy.

In myth, the goddess Persephone departs the earth to join her husband in the underworld. It is time to give thanks for the summer and to welcome the impending dark. Traditionally, this was when some of the heaviest work of the agricultural year began, the final harvest was still to be stored away and the fields readied for the coming Winter. This is why so much feasting goes on now. Fresh meat and ripe fruit only last so long.

Symbols of Autumn:

Blackberries, cranberries, wine, gourds, pine cones, acorns, nuts, corn, apples, pomegranates, ivy.

Foods of Autumn:

Loaves of bread, nuts, apples, squash, pomegranates, and pumpkin pie.

Colors of Autumn:

The colors of the sunset: violet, orange, russet, maroon, brown, and gold.

Stones of Autumn:

Libra is pink tourmaline, opal, and rhodochrosite. Scorpio is topaz, bloodstone, and yellow agate. Sagittarius is turquoise and jasper.

Activities of Autumn:

Making cider, glogg and wine, gathering seeds and seedpods, walking in the woods, Halloween, and Thanksgiving celebrations, Christmas shopping.

 

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What did I see on my Morning Walk?

Yes, Berries!

They weren’t perfectly ripe yet but they were a nice treat anyway. I also saw one rabbit, one squirrel, five people out walking their dogs, and a large number of crows. I love checking out the ‘hood and monitoring all the home and garden projects people are working on this time of year.

Now about that walk… one thing you learn in Astrology is that everything cycles! I wrote about Nordic walking way back in 2009 in this  blog post: Try Nordic Walking, then I went back to running, then running on the rebounder during the winter, and now in the next revolution, I am back to Nordic walking. This is a good excuse not to get rid of athletic gear, unless you actually hated whatever form of exercise it represents, you’ll probably go back to it eventually.

Do you walk or run in your neighborhood?

Morning or evening?

Do you change-up your exercise routine?

Links:

Keep Fit The Nordic Way – Nordic Walking USA.

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