Saturday, August 15, 2020
Witchy Tea Time--Preparing for Autumn
As far as I'm concerned, Autumn begins September 1st and lasts through November 30th. Nevermind the back-chat about "ACUTALLY fall begins on the equinox and ends at the winter solstice". Yes, yes, yes--we're all duly impressed by your knowledge of the technicalities and your enthusiasm to "educate" the unwashed masses. I also hear the cries of people who say that if it doesn't "feel" like autumn, then it isn't autumn. I see your point--truly I do--nevertheless I am putting on my Leo tiara and declaring that "the Crown has not solicited your opinion at this time."
Fall begins September 1st and that is when I decorate the house, redo my altar for Mabon and stock up on cider! As I live in Missouri it is completely within the realm of possibility that there will be 90 degree days in September. The dawn might be a muggy mess instead the crisp chill that heightens the senses. The leaves will not yet have the manners to turn colors and fall gracefully into the ground. In such circumstances, one might even be forced to drink iced cider rather than hot cider--all very demoralizing to be sure.
But I don't let that stop me! I bring out the goldenrod yellows, burnt oranges, and fiery reds and create as much as the atmosphere as I can--while beginning my annual watching of classic monster movies. I'm not afraid to set the weather a good example! ;)
But--before all this joyousness takes place, a few preparations are required before hand. Not the least of which is a good thorough seasonal cleaning. Nothing shakes up the energy in a house quite like a good old-fashioned top to bottom, back to front cleaning and clear out. Empty every closet, clean out every drawer--evaluate if anything needs to be thrown out, given away, or repurposed--and just get everything in order! I've even been known to completely reorganize the bookcases.
I'll put away everything summer related and create a blank slate--most especially on my altar, which is a bookcase my husband made for me some years ago. The top is the altar and the shelves beneath it are used for the books I reference the most often, most frequently used divination tools, as well as general supplies. My goal is for this to be a balance of practicality and beauty.
This is also the time when I get my autumn and winter clothes out of storage and make sure that they're easily accessible and ready for use when the weather turns. There is something returning to wearing cozy layers that's appealing about melting through the summer months--and it becomes more pleasant on the days when I happen to wear black. Even the lightest, most air-flow friendly black blouses on a hot Missouri summer day are perfectly miserable, and I'm glad when those days are over for the year!
The last aspect of preparation is more on the mental and spiritual levels. We're leaving the planting and growing seasons and the mindset that goes with them. This is a different phase, and it's not just the literal harvest and winter preparation. The spirit focuses inwardly and that's of special concern this year. Confinement, restriction, frustration, anxiety, injustice--these things have dominated our inner landscapes and makes us ill-prepared for the cooling months. Late autumn and winter keeps us close to our houses and while cabin fever happens it may be more challenging to face this year.
My hope is that in my musings the coming months will enrich the spirit--and as I get ready to say goodbye to the summer it will be the right time to make plans to manifest that into reality.