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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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Thanksgiving Coloring Pages

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I thought it would be fun to post a list of current Thanksgiving themed coloring pages, click the links below, to save and print the originals from their sites. You could use them to decorate, as patterns for other crafts like a flag or a banner or even in a flower arrangement, or to entertain the kids while the adults do boring stuff like socializing.

I think everyone knows by now that coloring is the new yoga, right? It is supposed to relax you and help you focus better, “Promoters of coloring for the older set say it has therapeutic properties and can aid in personal growth. ‘Creativity positively impacts many parts of our lives and helps us grow cognitively, emotionally and even professionally,’ notes Brit Morin, CEO and founder of Brit + Co in the article linked below. I’ve included the NBC News link on the stress relieving effects of coloring and another on the Greek mythological antecedents of the Thanksgiving cornucopia, ya, of course it’s Greek.

Link to Adult Coloring Article from NBC News.

The Story of the Cornucopia from Greek Myth

‘I am Thankful for’, single colorful page

Autumn leaves, so many uses for these!

Fall Coloring Page, Alisa Burke

Raising Our Kids’ Coloring Pages website, multiple pages

Turkey, alive in a field, not cooked on a platter

Charlie Brown and Snoopy with a turkey on a platter

Cute stylized turkey

Autumn Harvest with a scarecrow

Another live turkey

Fall Y’all page from Abstract Doodles

Pilgrims in Mayflower

A Masted Ship, no pilgrims, says Happy Thankgsgiving above it

Harvest Scene

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