Autumn | Myths & Mother Nature
"Just before the death of flowers, and before they are buried in snow, there comes a festival season when nature is all aglow."
How perfect is that poem?! That is Autumn in a nutshell and, well, with winter lingering on the horizon I thought it time to give another nod to Autumn which, if Instagram's autumnal hashtags are anything to go by, is perhaps our most favourite of the seasons.
Lets start with some of the myths surrounding this golden season. The magic that's found in these myths and stories seem to me a great grounding tool that can help us to live with the seasons better. Or at the very least, understand what's happening in them!
Perhaps the best known story surrounding Autumn and harvest time is that of Demeter, the Greek God. Demeter is known as the Goddess of harvest, presiding over nature's cycles of life and death- over grains and the fertility of the earth. When her virgin daughter, Persephone, was abducted and taken to the underworld by Hades, the Goddess's world came to a halt. Demeter, searched without relenting for her daughter. This unceasing searching and her loss and grief meant the harvest was neglected and living things ceased to survive. And so winter came, bringing death with it.
As the leaves turn all shades of sunset and gently cling on to the branches for as long they can muster, Autumn is Mother Nature's last burst of expression in the year before crops and gardens begin to die and animals begin to hibernate. More than that, and quite beautifully, Autumn is a time of balance where the hours of the day match the hours of the night.
What does this mean for us? I of course recommend getting outdoors all year around - not just when the sun's out. It's super beneficial to do so! But Autumn- Autumn is so full of expression, of Mother Nature's creativity. Of all the seasons, Autumn is the one to get out in to see the scope of what Mother Nature can do. Not only that, but as Demeter shows us, it's a time to reap the harvest! I've shared what to forage in November over on the blog - a time of the year where lots of us think there is nothing left, when in reality there is plenty. So get your basket and guidebook back out from where you tucked it away!
On a more spiritual level, some meet Autumn with a level of reflectiveness. Because of the equal hours of day and night we are met with in Autumn, some see it as an amazing opportunity to celebrate balance. A season to be honoured and met with gratitude. As if we didn't need any more reasons to fall in love with Autumn ey?!