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Autumn Blessings Ritual

To invoke the blessings of Autumn, you can perform this simple ritual.

You will need:

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.

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BY RACHEL CAPURSO

Rachel is the creator of Aeolian Heart Astrology, a voice that blends ancient Hermeticism with pop culture and fine art. She believes that astrology is magic because following the rhythm of the planets makes life feel like a graceful dance. Her favorite season is late-summer, when the pomegranates are ripe and the sunsets are like amber.

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