Here in the northern hemisphere, late September marks the time of transition when we are saying goodbye to the last days of summer. Moving away from a season of long days, warmth, growth, and action while we begin our journey into the autumn season. If you reside in the southern hemisphere, celebration of this seasonal shift takes place in late March.
The Significance of Autumn
Autumn, with its vibrant foliage and crisp air, offers a unique opportunity to connect with the natural world and reflect on the changes happening both within and around us. In this article, we'll explore the concept of an Autumn Blessings Ritual, a beautiful way to embrace the season's blessings, release what no longer serves us, and manifest our desires.
Autumn, often referred to as fall, is a season of transformation. It symbolizes the transition from the warmth of summer to the coolness of winter. The changing colors of the leaves and the harvesting of crops remind us of the impermanence of life and the importance of letting go.
Preparing for Your Autumn Blessings Ritual
To invoke the blessings of Autumn, you can perform this simple ritual. Before you begin your ritual, it's essential to set your intention. What blessings do you hope to invite into your life during this season? What burdens are you ready to release? Taking time to reflect on these questions will guide your ritual's purpose.
You will need:
- White sage for purification
- An Autumn candle to set the intention
- Your imagination to spark the magic
For this ritual, choose an outworn habit that you would like to sacrifice to the transformative season of Autumn. This could be something like unforgiveness, overindulgence, or working too much. Consider carefully and choose something meaningful for you.
Autumn is the time when the leaves fall, nourishing the soil for future growth. So whatever you choose to release now will do the same in your life.
Find a quiet and centered space.
Light the sage and let the smoke rise.
Pick up the Autumn candle and run it through the smoke several times, allowing it to be cleansed and purified.
Now hold the candle in your hands and close your eyes. Breathe deeply, focusing on the slow exhale.
Imagine that your outworn habit is a tree with many tall branches that are full of green leaves.
Now see the sun descending in the sky, feeling a chill rise in the air.
In the orange glow of sunset, the green leaves on the tree become yellow. And as the sun slips further in the sky, the leaves darken into red.
A few breaths later it is dusk and all the leaves begin to wither, curling at the edges, their color fading completely.
In the blue of twilight a shivering wind picks up. Upon your next exhale, the leaves on the tree begin to fall. Thousands of leaves are swirling through the air and floating to the ground.
Night falls and the tree is bare. Not a single leaf remains. You breathe a sigh of relief knowing that what the tree has released into the Earth will nurture your future growth and happiness. Feel a sense of gratitude and contentment.
Now open your eyes and light the candle. As soon as the flame comes alive, the autumn blessings begin.
Say “It is done!” to close the ritual.
Other Ways to Celebrate Autumn
This candle ritual is perfect for welcoming in the new season and for celebrating the autumn equinox as well. If you are interested in additional ways to infuse your season with more autumn rituals, check out these favorites: