Fall is a time to strengthen and build our inner life, a time to count our blessings, and to seek balance.
The leaves are beginning to change color and the air is light, crisp, and clear. Fall winds stir up the landscape, bringing news of cooler weather. The animals gather and prepare for winter. This is an important time to prepare our body and soul for the cold months.
Common themes associated with fall are: emotional healing, death and rebirth, letting go, gathering, embracing darkness and light, balance, gratitude, creative fire, and starting over. Below are a few suggestions as to how you can welcome fall with a strong physical vessel and a balanced spirit.
When there is a change in season, the body goes through a phase of adjustment. We may not realize that we need more rest and relaxation during this transition. This is when so many catch the flu or experience increasing sensitivity to allergies. It's wise to consume warm foods and drinks. Avoid skipping meals, and do not fast. Establish regular mealtimes. Keep your ears covered in the wind and cold. Wear warmer clothing as the temperature drops. Stay hydrated by drinking warm water. Rest and nap if needed. Listen to your body!
We have recently begun an Ayurvedic diet in our family. I ordered "The Everyday Ayurveda Cookbook" by Kate O'Donnell and "Eat Taste Heal" by Thomas Yarema, Daniel Rhoda and Johnny Brannigan, and I learned many useful things about food and digestion. The Ayurvedic fall diet can really support our health during the cold months. Below are some of the recommendations I found in these excellent books.
The elements of fall are air and fire (early fall).
Qualities to introduce are: warming, grounding, moist, rhythm and routine.
Qualities to reduce are: cold, doing too much, dry, and an erratic lifestyle.
Imbalances in the body may show up as gas, bloating, constipation, dry skin and scalp, and anxiety.
Favor warm, moist, slightly oily, and building foods such as: root vegetables, cooked greens, warming spices (cinnamon, ginger, cumin, fennel, and salt), warm and spiced milk, raw or fresh roasted nuts and seeds, rich cold-pressed oils (coconut and sesame), moist grains (wheat, brown rice, and oats), sweet or heavy fruits (bananas, mangos, cranberries, apples, pears), proteins from small legumes (red lentils, mung beans, split peas), eggs, tofu, most meats for nonvegetarians.
Reduce dry foods (chips and crackers), coffee, carbonated drinks, large beans, raw foods.
Spiced nut milk smoothie (Kate O'Donnell's recipe)
1/4 cup soaked almonds
3/4 cup warm water
1 tsp maple syrup
3/4 tsp Everyday Sweet Spice Mix (2 tbsp cinnamon, 2tbsp ginger powder, 1 tbsp cardamom powder)
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract (optional)
pinch of salt
Take long walks in nature and breathe deeply. Massage yourself with warm oil once a day. Enjoy warm baths with fall essential oils from doTERRA like Frankincense and Wild Orange and/or diffuse Clove, Cinnamon, Juniper Berry, Cedar, Patchouli, and Cardamom to create a warm and grounding atmosphere in your home.
Try our energy healing session to release energetic debris from the year and strengthen your immune system.
I love fall. It is my favorite season of all. The colors, the smells, the moody winds and the crisp air all trigger my sensual and creative self.
The chakras can help us relate to fall in a deeper way and guide us as to how we can better nourish our soul selves.
We will let the autumnal colors determine what chakras to address.
The bold reds connect us with the root chakra. This chakra is the gateway to the earth and the feminine, as earth is the element it is associated with. During autumn all life in nature starts to withdraw back into the earth where it will be renewed next spring. Autumn is a time to focus on grounding, slowing down, and seeking support from our communities and our tribe. The root chakra reminds us to answer to our most basic needs and our own nourishment. It is wise to care for our home base making it a peaceful and warm environment to retreat to.
The orange and golden hues activate our Sacral chakra and our hunger for romance and creative inspiration. We feel compelled to move beyond basic survival and pursue pleasure in all forms. Caring for your relationships will help you through the colder months. Deep down our emotional instinctual selves long for connection. Cook up nourishing beautiful food and share it with your friends and family to create a sense of abundance. Celebrate and live life. Find a creative project that your soul and follow it through to completion.
Vibrant yellows anchor the energy of the Solar Plexus chakra. The third chakra is our inner sun and our fire. Autumn is when we enjoy the last of the sun's warmth and light for the year. We soak it up and feel quite a bit brighter inside. Soon a desire to start over and launch ourselves in new ways into the world makes itself known and spurs us to take action. The solar plexus chakra is very much about self-empowerment and stamina. It is about embracing our individuality and turning inwards to reflect on our true values.
Invoking Spiritual Assistance
The fall winds of change are sweeping through our lives both literally and metaphorically and everything seems to be up in the air. So much is possible if we stay open and centered. It is easy to feel overwhelmed and scattered. We will swirl and twirl like a leaf at the mercy of the wind unless we ground.
Performing ceremony is how I best know to ground myself and connect. It reminds me that I am co-creating my life with the powers of the universe.
Below is an example of a fall ceremony. As always, feel free to elaborate on how to make your ceremony fun and meaningful to you.
First, decide on the reasons why you are doing this ceremony. The purpose of ceremony is to call in spiritual assistance, so be clear on what you are asking for. Also, find a gift to give in return for your answered prayers. I like to offer holy water, incense, herbs, and flowers.
I will do my fall ceremony in the evening as the sun is setting because it ties in with the theme of the fading life and light of the season.
Open sacred space. Call in your guides and angels with a prayer. Light a covered candle or have a bonfire (if safe). GIve your gifts.
Turn to the West direction of the setting sun and release what you no longer need. Ask for healing, comfort, and guidance as to what lies beyond this death.
Face the East direction of the rising sun and speak of that which you wish to birth anew. Call a power animal to join you on this new adventure. Ask it what gifts it is lending you.
Close your eyes and turn to your heart center for a moment. Love yourself unconditionally. Reflect on your true values and the person you are becoming.
Offer up a prayer for your community and the world. Sing a song or play an instrument to celebrate and entertain your helping spirits.
Close sacred space and blow out your candle. Engage in self-care. Take a warm bath and cook a nourishing meal. Rest and replenish.
The Wheel of Fortune
Tarot card #10 of the Major Arcana, the Wheel of Fortune, reflects the movement and creative chaos of fall. This card teaches us to flow with change. Other themes associated with the Wheel of Fortune are; inspiration, good fortune, breakthroughs, endings and beginnings, and a deeper understanding of our soul purpose and destiny.
Taking a new class, rearranging your daily schedule, traveling, studying or doing things you have long wanted but haven't taken the time to do are all timely. Do not remain stuck in old routines because change is coming and it is going to be significant.
You may find a Life Path Reading helpful as you release and open to new growth.
The magic of fall, in my opinion, is that of second chances. A new dawn is approaching. We are more than halfway through the year and here is an opportunity to re-evaluate, plant new seeds and approach life with a renewed sense of hope and faith.
This is your chance to develop your dream project, to embark on an adventure, and taking risks in initiating what your intuitive self has been telling you to do.
But fall must not be all about staying busy. The urge to slow down and hibernate is just as strong and perhaps more important.
Welcome fall in your home under a warm blanket with your favorite book or movie.