Autumn equinox and why I care

“Life starts all over again when it get’s crisp in the fall.” -F. Scott Fitzgerald

Full disclosure that as a child I didn’t particularly care about fall. It only meant shorter, colder days and back to school. I am a June baby so that’s where it’s been for me most of my life – looking forward to the summer.

Today though, I woke up and I was excited for the first day of fall, the crisp air in the mornings and at night, but still warm days. Everything pumpkin. Leaves changing color. Indian summer. Driving to work I realized how much I have enjoyed this season over the past years without giving it the title of ‘favorite of them all’. But fall truly has a place in my heart, October especially. It was the month I met Daniel, the month I got Dora Lunerkind and I get to dress up, change my skincare routine and sleep an hour longer. Sounds really great.

Autumn begins when the planet’s tilt hits the halfway mark between the longest day of the year (that would be the first day of summer) and the shortest day of the year (this would be the first day of winter). The equinox will occur when the sun crosses over the celestial equator — which happens at 4:02 p.m. EDT (2002 GMT) on September 22. Summer said goodbye as the sun passes over the equator marking the first day of autumn. The equinox equals both the beginnings and end of some of the most important times of the year. It’s the time when day and night are exactly of equal length (12 hours), however as the days pass moving towards Winter solstice, the nights will be longer, the days will be shorter.

“In every change- every falling leave- there is some pain, some beauty. And that’s the way new leaves grow.” -Unknown


A few things to do to celebrate the Autumnal equinox:

Meditate:

Begin your day early with a bit of meditation. Only five minutes a day, completely unplugged and away from screens, can center you for the many hours you have ahead.

Intentions:

A “To Do List,” with a spiritual, self-care vibe. Write out how you want to live your life for the next six months. And with many thanks to the Ultrafit program: “self-care” doesn’t always mean laying on the floor eating pumpkin spice ice cream. To me it means sleeping early and getting out of bed early, it means taking care of that summer dehydrated skin and eating enough meals.

Soup it up:

I’ve been making my food at home, with compliments to the Ultrafit challenge and my fall favorite has been the carrot ginger soup. SO good!

1: Chop carrots and ginger and some herbs


2: Let it simmer in a quart of water for about 45-minutes, stir frequently and add some cinnamon and turmeric!

3: Take the soup and put it in a food processor or a vita mix, let it do its thing


4: Voila, a bit of pepper and ready to serve.

Warming, delicious and clean. I batch cook this a lot and freeze the rest in ready to go Glassware containers!


(And nope, sadly the Oktoberfest Beer ain’t mine, but Danny’s.)

Skincare:


Changing seasons always let me re-consider my facial care. For fall I love volcanic based masks. I love the Arcona Black Ice, it leaves my face clear (thank you mandelic acid!) but still super hydrated and luminous!

Smudging:

Truth is that I do not need an equinox to smudge. I love smudging. Clean and fresh energized spaces make me happy! The smell of sage makes me happy! Smudging makes me happy. Smudging is the practice of burning sacred herbs like sage and lavender, is a way to cleanse your space of beetlejuice energy. Before you begin, develop a little mini-mantra to say to yourself. Open all the windows, light your smudge stick and walk slowly around the perimeter of the room. The smoke will carry the bad vibes outside. Trust me, you want to try it!

Bonfire:

Love me some bonfire! In the tradition, Mabon, the autumnal equinox celebration, is a time to respect the coming darkness of winter. Without the darkness, there’s no use for light. Without nighttime, the beauty of day diminishes. You may also write your wishes on a piece of paper and release it into the fire. Powerful!

“Summer’s end, a time of balance, merriment and cider shared. True harvest when herbs hand and grapes turned to wine.  The time where two meet the light of day and the dark of night. When sun a fire and blanket of night embrace.” –Unknown 

Have the happiest of fall! I am excited to see what will be to harvest this season!

Thank you for reading & Cherrio to pumpkin spice and all the things nice!

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7 thoughts on “Autumn equinox and why I care

  1. Auch von uns aus dem grauen Deutschland ein lieber Gruß zu euch. Steffi und ich vermissen den amerikanischen indian summer. Unser Versprechen bleibt – wir werden euch besuchen. Und mal schauen vielleicht wird es eine Reise im Herbst.

    Liebe Grüße

    Michél

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