Nature naturally takes us through seasonal cycles of birth, growth, decline, death, and regeneration. By aligning our self with Earth’s natural cycles, we provide our self with a framework to help us grow and evolve as we release our Wounds and Shadows, complete our Initiations, and set our next Evolutionary Tasks. These Seasonal Cycle of Healing ~Rites of Passage and Initiations bring us to wholeness as we pass again and again through their rhythms and cycles.
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Autumn is a time for harvesting. It is a time to clean out the old and make room to put up the fruits of the summer. We gather all of the results of our hard labors of the spring and summer and put them up for use during the contraction of the winter.
If you have a garden, you will be busy taking in your last harvest and canning, freezing and putting them in storage. At the same time, you will be cleaning up the debris in the garden and settling and fortifying the gardens for winter. Autumn is the time in which we prepare for the rest and contraction of the coming winter.
Autumn is a time of stocking up the good and releasing the debris. Outward growth is drawing to a close and the last of the harvest is being collected and stored away. All food, fodder, and fuel for winter must be procured and safely stored away during this season. All accounts must be settled, rents and debts paid and wages distributed, and incompletions drawn to a close.
The dark begins its descent upon us in the Otherworld and its energies can be easily accessed. We perform rites and ceremonies that contact the dead and retell stories of the Gods, Goddesses, and the Great Heroes/Heroines. Special divinations for the coming year are performed.
We bring our focus closer to those parts of our life, that anchor us – our work, our family, our home. The Autumn Cycle of Healing pulls our focus in to our self and down to our roots.
Everything in nature take stock of its reserves, begins its contraction and pulls its spirit inward and downward. As Autumn starts to draw us into Earth the days become the veil that is both the end and the beginning. We stand both in and out of the worlds.
The Rites of Passage of Autumn draw us to go inward and connect with that which no longer serves us. We realize that we are at the end of one cycle and need to prepare for the beginning of the next. We began our descent deep within our own darkness to find the Shadow part of us that we will transform to release its energies toward what we want in our life.
In Autumn, we begin our slow and gradual movement inward to seek out those Shadows that reside deep within the Mystery of our self. We take stock and search for that which it is time to release.
In the Autumn Initiations we take account, reflect upon the deeds and ways of the past, and prepare for the newness coming to us. We must separate what works from what doesn’t work. Decide what we will bank on for the future and what we will discard.
Autumn is a liminal gateway from old to new, a Doorway and transitional place of endings and beginnings simultaneously. We seek balance, weigh what works and doesn’t, and apply wisdom to prepare us for the future. We travel in the darkness to meet our fears knowing that we can not be sustainable if our fears continue to rule us.
Autumn Cycle of Healing