The Autumn Equinox is almost here! It’s one of my favorite times of the year, as it usually means Fall is *finally* here in North Carolina, and Halloween/Samhain is just around the corner. There is just something about the wind that Autumn brings that fills my heart with so much joy. It probably doesn’t surprise you to find that the number of photos I’ve taken over the years of the Moon is rivaled only by the photos I’ve taken of Autumn leaves. ;)

As many of you know, I just had surgery for endometriosis not that long ago, so I’m keeping my Autumn celebrations sweet and simple this year as I continue to recover and build my strength back up. Here are my favorite time tested ways to celebrate my favorite fall harvest holiday.

 

Braided Bread

This one is the first tradition I started many years ago on the Autumn Equinox to welcome in the changes of Fall. I see Autumn as the herald of the family centered holidays that are soon to come, and I like to use it as a call to slow down. Many of us spend the summer like busy little bees, getting all the work done, much as we would have in summers past to ensure we had a large enough harvest to last through Winter. But once Fall arrives, harvest season is upon us, as we start to reap the rewards of a Spring and Summer well spent. We’re still working, but we recognize moments to slow down and savor the world around us, to cherish time with family and friends. That’s what I envision with this simple yet very yummy bread. It’s perfect to eat with those you love and a good, warm cup of tea.

And this is the recipe I tend to use the most, it’s a lovely honey bread that I just may tend to eat in one afternoon. ;)

 

Nature Mandala

Here in North Carolina, the leaves start turning in early September, so usually there is a good selection of fallen beauties once the equinox rolls around. For this project, I simply collect fallen leaves and flowers that speak to me, and perhaps some fallen rose petals or other flowers that are on their way out as the Summer wanes. I arrange them in a circular pattern that is usually symmetrical, keeping in mind my intention for the season ahead as I create my mandala. Sometimes I’ll use a cup of tea or a candle as the center.

 

Take a Hike

Probably the simplest ritual of all, is I simply take a hike through some nearby forests and enjoy nature. I make sure to walk slowly, and pause often, noticing the tell tell signs of nature putting away her shiny, bright baubles of summer in favor of deeper, richer jewel tones. I watch as the squirrels start foraging, and the birds gather up the last of their offspring of the summer in preparation for migrating.

How do you celebrate the Autumn Equinox? Let me know in the comments.

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