Fall Equinox is the balance of dark and light, day and night, and the drama of the descent of the Goddess throughout multiple cultures and traditions reflects the equinox: Demeter and Persephone, Inanna and Ereshkigal, Isis and Nephthys. The sweet sorrow of the Autumn season acknowledges that decay and death are always inevitable. Leading us through the innermost labyrinth are the the Dark Queens whose liminal natures signify the mysteries present in working the energies of life, death and rebirth: Hekate, Kali, Durga, Cerridwen, the Morrighan, Arianrhod, Coatlicue, The Fates. We honor the need for the downward spiral to connect with our deepest knowing. We reflect the shadows and the light. We know that we will rise again, renewed and filled with the wisdom of Goddess and her cycles.
The fall holidays are also beginning: Mabon (Thanksgiving for the Witches), Navaratri (Durga Puja and nine nights of the Shakti Mothers), and soon, Samhain. Gathering in community and celebration supports the challenging and rewarding inner work that we are undertaking.
Take time from the busy, modern rush to honor these ancient traditions and energies playing out in our transition to the season. Seek the depths of your soul connection to Goddess and treasure it as sustenance through the coming dark and to the inevitable rise of light. Thank you for being in community with MotherHouse of the Goddess and Mystery School of the Goddess. You are all part of my intense gratitude right now!
Stay tuned to Goddess Alive Radio podcast – new episodes coming!
May the Shadow and Light of Goddess illuminate your soul and season!,
Priestess & Founder of MotherHouse of the Goddess and Mystery School of the Goddess
Join me for a free meditation on 9/23 – The Descent of Persephone! (there will be a recorded archive)
See all the new and seasonal classes on Mystery School of the Goddess!
Read about Mabon and the Goddess Modron in this article from Caireann Frasca – a new contributor and instructor with Mystery School of the Goddess!
Banish and Bless your space with some seasonal favorites from our go-to Goddess vendors:
- Parting the Veils from Gwen at Daughters of Isis
- Hex Remover Mist from Kim at Murphy’s Essentials
- 3X Clearing Spray from Angela at Ona’s Root
- Mugwort Sage Mist from Brandi at RED Priestess
- Spirits I Need You Powder from Yeshe at The Sacred Well
Forest Bathing (shinrin yoku) is a marvelous practice for this time of year. Wander in the woods and forest and take an offering for Goddess to leave.
Create a Red Tent and have a party for all the women that you know to honor the seasonal cycles.
Walk a labyrinth to embrace the cyclical nature of Goddess and the Seasonal Soul – contemplate the lessons and experiences of the year to date and how you are being called to harvest that wisdom in Autumn. Labyrinth Locator
Begin a Yoga Nidra or Restorative Yoga practice for Fall and Winter to honor a slower pace.
Some recipes for your Gatherings!
- Cooking for Fall Equinox – Orange and Purple Curry Roasted Sweet Potato Soup by The Hungry Goddess
- Fall Quinoa and Black Rice Salad with Butternut Squash and Pumpkin Seeds by The Hungry Goddess
- Chopped Kale Salad with Delicata Squash and Pomegranate Seeds by The Hungry Goddess
Divine your Goddesses of Autumn and create meditations and practices around them. Or treat yourself to a Goddess Card Reading with me to see what Goddesses are surrounding you right now!
Some Goddesses of Fall: Akibimi, Cerridwen, Changing Woman, Circe, Crow Woman, Demeter, Durga, Epona, Erishkegal, Hekate, Horae, Inanna, Isis, Kali, Macha, Maman Brigitte, Morrigan, Nepthys, Persephone, Rhiannon, The Fates
Weave a gratitude garland for your Fall celebrations.
AUTUMN READING AND DIVINATION
- The Goddess Guide by Brandi Auset
- Seasons of the Witch by Patricia Monaghan
- The Sacred Herbs of Samhain by Ellen Evert Hopman
- Priestess of the Goddess Oracle Deck by Tara Reynolds
- The Literary Witches Oracle by Taisia Kitaiskaia and artist Katy Horan (pictured above)
- The Illustrated Bestiary (with cards) by Maia Toll
- Invoking the Goddess Oracle and Action Deck by Lisa De St. Croix
Pumpkins, gourds, apples, and other bits of Autumn can be added to your seasonal altar!
How do you adorn your altar?
SIGNS AND SYMBOLS OF AUTUMN
Archetypes: Queen, Harvest Woman, Wild Woman, Priestess, Sorceress
Autumn Themes: Descent of Godddess, Inner Realms, Journeywork, Dreams, Harvest, Reflection, Gatherings, Gratitude, Thanksgiving, Slow Down, Magic, Service, Ancestors, Psychic Abilities
Time of Day: Twilight
Astrological Signs: Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius
Colors: deeper colors, yellow, orange, red, garnet, purple, amber, brown, deep green
Flowers: Aster, Black-eyed Susan, Camellia, Chrysanthemum, Dahlia, Echinacea, Freesia, Gerbera, Gladiolus, Hibiscus, Iris, Junipers, Lily, Lavender, Marigold, Poppies, Some forms of Sage, Sweet Pea, Salvias, Tibouchina, Tuberose
Crystals & Gemstones: Amber, Copper, Garnet, Jasper, Blue Calcite, Orange Calcite, Record Keeper Quartz, Lapis Lazuli, Smoky Quartz, Obsidian, Rainbow Hematite, Labradorite, Rainbow Moonstone, Amethyst, River Stones (Window Quartz)
Animal Guides: Fox, Owl, Snake, Raven, Cats, Crow, Spider, Vulture, Lynx, Sea Turtle, Manatee
Practices: Psychic work and development, Restorative Yoga, Yoga Nidra, Channeling and Mediumship, Divination, Meditation, Journeywork, Community Service, Mantra, Dreamwork
Adorning Altars: Autumn Flowers, Organic Mandalas, wheat, gourds, pumpkins, acorns, sprigs of cypress and pine, leaves, candles, grains, Autumn fruits and vegetables, spirals