The Autumn Equinox is one of my favourite times of the year. Light and Dark are balanced, and then from that day forward, the day begins to lose the battle with the night.
The inward spiral that began even as the sun was at it's zenith at the Summer Solstice becomes more evident. Though the days are still hot, there is a crispness to the air as the sun sinks into the ocean. There is a change in the smell on the wind.
Harvesting the foods that we planted in the spring is very symbolic of taking inventory of ourselves. It is time to begin our internal reflection of self. Start sorting out what we are unhappy with. Realize what our shortcomings are. Come Samhain, we will want to make sure all these unpleasantries are dealt with and cast off so that we can begin anew at Winter Solstice - free of emotional and spiritual baggage.
This is the beginning of that 'purge'. So, we will kick off that 'purge' with a nice big Mabon feast in a few weeks time. Eating, living & loving. Celebrate what we accomplished. Both inwardly and outwardly.
I hope our quince is done soon, as I REALLY want to make some Quince/Apple Crumble. And my favourite.... GOURDS! Yes! Pumpkins, and buttercup and butternut and acorn.... I love squash! My first tomatoes are ripening, and one shall be eaten today. My first tomato grown from seed. No blight, no fungal problems... the tomatoes did really well, tho the leaves are beginning to yellow. I could have started the seed a bit earlier in the year, but it was a delayed decision hehe. All the veggies this year were grown from seed, and there is something very satisfying about that.
Blessings to you all, I hope your week is off to a fantastic start.