The astronomical fall officially begins today.
Yes, America, here it comes ~
Eastern Daylight Time: 4:21 a.m.
Central Daylight Time: 3:21 a.m.
Mountain Daylight Time: 2:21 a.m.
Pacific Daylight Time: 1:21 a.m.
Sweaters are coming out of the closet. Leaves are falling. There’s pumpkin spice-flavored everything.
I cannot endure to waste anything so precious as autumnal sunshine by staying in the house.
~ Nathaniel Hawthorne
I can’t deny it any longer. It’s autumn. A turning point in the life-force-driven year of my garden. Chrysanthemums are here, pumpkins are ripe in the field. Yet, still shining in all their punch-drunk dizzying glory, are the golden rudbeckia and sunflowers ~ all showing off their miraculous optimism.
September is a gratifying month. There’s garlic in the barn, pickles in the refrigerator, sauce in the freezer. I think the humble beauty of vegetables is amen-astonishing.
wikiHow is all over that equinox hoo-ha. Here are their 11 ways to celebrate. But I think ancient Chinese philosophers know best.
- Stand facing west, considered the direction of autumn in ancient Chinese philosophy. Just stand for a few moments and honor the “westness” of autumn. Consider your dreams and visions, and the path on which you’re moving forward through your life.
- Light white candles against the growing darkness of the season. Or place white flowers on your table. White is the color of autumn in the Chinese tradition.
- Allow yourself to weep for things you have lost. Weeping is the sound of this season, according to Chinese philosophy.
- Find the courage to face what’s ahead.
Sun rays are lowering. nights are crisp. outside, There’s a lot of scurrying for survival.
Such a bittersweet time.
because everything is saying goodbye.