Welcoming in Autumn

Today we welcome in the first day of fall here in the Northern hemisphere with the Autumn Equinox  at 9:55 pm while those in the Southern hemisphere welcome in Spring with the Vernal Equinox.

The Autumn Equinox also called Mabon  is the time of the year when day and night are balanced in equal length and then from this day onwards the nights will continue to get longer (or in the Southern hemisphere the nights will go shorter and the days longer with).  It signals change and the time to start slowing down and turning inward. It is a time for reflection, balance,  letting go, and gratitude

Here are 6 ways to celebrate and welcome Autumn.

  1. Go for a nature walk. Be present in the moment and take in all the sights, sounds, and smells. Collect leaves, acorns , pinecones, rocks etc. to make autumn decorations and crafts with.
  2. Write a gratitude list of the things you accomplished and succeed at so far this year and a list of things that want to release and let go of.
  3. Do a “fall” cleaning of your home (like that of a spring cleaning). Donate items to a local charity, non-profit organization or someone in need.
  4. Bring the scent of autumn indoors with essential oils.                                                 Here is one of my favorite aromatherapy diffuser blends:                                                4 drops of cinnamon bark essential oil                                                                                   2 drops of clove essential oil                                                                                                      2 drops of nutmeg essential oil.                                                                                          (Please follow the directions accompanying your aromatherapy diffuser when adding essential oils as well as take safety precaution when handling essential oils )  You can also triple the recipe and add it to a 2oz spritzer bottle. Just add the essential oils and then fill to the shoulder with water. Shake well before spritzing around the house.
  5. Make homemade soup or make a baked good from scratch.
  6. Make an autumn decoration or craft (see #1)

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