Yesterday was the first day of fall, and even though it is still humid and none of the green summer leaves have fallen, I can feel a change in the air. A cooler, be it ever so slightly, breeze added to the air. Coffee shops have begun their push on pumpkin lattes and halloween decor is being acquired and slowly put up.
We love fall, don’t we? It is the marking part between the two halves of the year - A signal that ‘Winter is Coming’. Time to pack away our bathing suits and say goodbye to summer romances and prepare for the darker times of the year.
Whether you are religious or not, holidays and traditions help us move along with the natural flow of life. Without pumpkin spice lattes I may forget entirely that ‘Winter is Coming” and forget to buy sweaters.
I like to learn about Pagan traditions because to me they are knew and I find them interesting. They also feel a lot less commercial. Pagan holidays feel less about commercialism and more about staying in tune with our surroundings, and have been watered down as they have turned into Halloween, Easter, and Christmas. To feel a connection with all the humans that have gone before me, I turn to their religions.
In Wicca, Samhain centered around the Goddess as Crone. A wise woman leading us into the dark days of winter. It is persephone going into the underworld. A farewell ceremony to what has gone on up until last year. This coincides closely with when school starts.
Crone - wisdom, divination, rest, secrets.
Black, crows feathers, bones, spirals
Destroyer and healer
So this is what I was thinking of when I began this journal on the Live Stream today. Summer is over, the butterflies are turning into ravens. It is time to harvest what we planted, and get ready for winter.
What are you ready to let go of?
What do you want to plant for next year?