“Descend to Rise” – isn’t that what the Autumn season is all about? The Goddess is a bit languid now, drawing energy from the last days of summer in preparation for Her journey down and Her inevitable rise. We recognize the descent as the change of seasons and the onset of Fall and Winter. Nature provides the most stellar show of the year and begins to shed the lush beauty of summer. Goddess garbs Herself in vibrant oranges, yellows and reds as She retreats to a more internal and reflective time of the year. The air starts to cool and carries whispers of promise – promise of the coming darkness and winter.
The scale tips from the balance of light and dark at the Autumn Equinox (around September 21 each year) to the dark of Winter Solstice (around December 21 each year). The final harvests represent the fecundity of Goddess and Her ability to sustain us through the deepest parts of winter. Reflecting the dark face of the Goddess, we also focus more on the depths, that which sustains, and soul work.
Gathering in community at Mabon and the secular Thanksgiving symbolizes our ancestors’ reliance on family and community to survive the winter. Combining resources and stores gave them a better chance of seeing the first buds of Spring. While these necessities are not as present in the modern world, we still walk in the footsteps of our ancestors and the cycle of the Goddess. At Samhain, fires are lit and through the thinning veils, we reach out for communication and comfort to those who have passed.
The drama of the descent of the Goddess represents the balance of dark and light: Demeter and Persephone, Inanna and Erishkegal, Isis and Nepthys and the sweet sorrow of the season that 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, Cerridwen, the Morrigan, Arianrhod, Coatlicue, The Fates. Their liminal natures represent the mystery of this season, the need for the downward spiral to connect with our deepest knowing.
Take time from the busy, modern holiday rush to honor these ancient traditions and energies. Seek the depths of your soul connection to Goddess and treasure it as sustenance through the dark to the inevitable rise of light.
Receive prompts for all the Holy Days of Autumn – Rhythms of the Goddess: Season of the Witch
Autumnal Equinox – Honoring Isis and Nepthys by M. Isidora Forrest
Autumn Equinox and the Horse Goddess Macha by Amantha Murphy
Autumn Equinox, Mabon, and Gratitude Garlands by Kimberly Moore
Autumn Equinox Meditation by Judith Laura
Mabon – Bringing in the Harvest by Susan Harper
Mabon Divination by Brandi Auset
Meeting the Dark Mothers – The Goddesses of the Dead by Kimberly Moore
Navratri and The Divine Mother by Laura Amazzone
Samhain for Isis Devotees by M. Isidora Forrest
WAYS TO WELCOME THE MAGIC OF AUTUMN
- Look at signs and symbols of Autumn below and create an altar just for this season.
- Choose a Dark Goddess and create a seasonal practice for her – Meeting the Dark Goddess Online Course
- 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.
- Begin a Yoga Nidra or Restorative Yoga for Fall and Winter to honor a slower pace.
- Take long walks in Nature and collect items for your Autumn altar. Visit parks and botanical gardens and glory in the transformation of Gaia.
- Join me for October Magic – free photo prompts for the month of October
- Create a Nature Mandala – use all natural and organic items, such as seeds, flowers, sticks, and stones, and food for the animals. Offer it up to Goddess in ceremony.
- Find a large branch (or many smaller branches) that you can use to create a Gratitude Tree or Thankful Tree. Write blessings, prayers, and things that make you grateful using beautiful ribbons and paper. Invite family, friends, and visitors to add their gratitude as well!
- Start a new practice or area of study that honors your shadow and light – Mystery School of the Goddess has seasonal offerings!
- Create a Red Tent and have a party for all the women that you know – Self Study Rent Tent Initiation with Molly Remer
- 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. Check the Labyrinth Locator
- Research your family tree and choose some ancestors to honor at Samhain.
- Roll in the leaves when they start falling!
- ‘Tis the season for apple picking and turn your harvest into pies for friends and family.
- Gather the bounty of seasonal Autumn foods and prepare a Feast.
- Participate in community events, take opportunities to give back or volunteer your time. Fall and the holiday season are wonderful times to be in service.
- Burn Shit. Autumn is the time for release – use this New Moon ritual to apply to what you need to let go of in this season and set new powerful intentions.
- Weave a gratitude garland for your Fall celebrations.
SIGNS AND SYMBOLS OF AUTUMN
Archetype: Queen, Harvest Woman, Wild Woman, Priestess, Sorceress
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
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
Resources for Autumn Supplies
Online Courses on Mystery School of the Goddess for new and seasonal practices
Seasonal Reading & References
O Mother Sun by Patricia Monaghan
The Goddess Guide by Brandi Auset
Carnival of the Spirit – Seasonal Celebrations by Luisah Teish
The Grandmother of Time by Z. Budapest
Rituals of Celebration by Jane Meredith
Speaking with Nature by Sandra Ingerman
Living Sacred Ceremony by Natalia Karoway
RECIPES FOR AUTUMN
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