Harnessing the Magic of Autumn
There is something magical about the fall, and no matter what your beliefs, there are plenty of ways to utilise the energy of the season and bring a little autumn magic into your life!
Autumn, or fall, is traditionally the season of harvest, thanksgiving and going within, preparing for the long cold of winter and the season of renewal. Ancient pagans such as the Celts actually marked their new year at the end of autumn, over the period of Samhain (now more commonly known as Halloween). The energy is fresh and brings clarity after the lazy, hazy days of summer - probably a good reason why schools begin their new school year in September!
On this page you will find all kinds of inspiration, rituals and ideas to bring in the autumn magic, refresh your life and prepare you for a new year of magical, positive outcomes!
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Autumn - Season of Gratitude
Giving Thanks and Letting Go
The harvest is in, the kitchen is full, and the season sings of bright orange flame, leaf and food. Autumn is the season of security and thankfulness for what the year has given you.
Meditate on all that the year has brought you. Be grateful for all the wonderful things that have happened, the people who are in your life, and the joys you have experienced.
Be grateful also for the challenges and the dark times. Ask yourself what lessons you have leaned, what elements of your shadow self have been dealt with because of these situations, and give thanks for them.
You might like to write down the main lessons on a piece of paper, and then burn it on the fire, giving thanks for the lessons learned and the process of taking in and releasing, Acknowledge what you have learned and then let go, watching it burn, so that you can now allow new experiences into your life.
Is Autumn your Favourite Season?
Which is your favourite season?
Autumn Divination Magic - Season of Water, Emotions and Looking Within
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According to Western traditions, Autumn comes under the element of water. This means that Autumn is a season of looking to your emotions, allowing yourself to flow with life, and getting in touch with your inner self.
What emotions are you feeling right now? What emotions have played a large part in your life this year?
A good way to get in touch with the magic of life and access your inner knowledge is to use divination. There are many tools available, including tarot or oracle cards, I-Ching, runes, tea leaf reading, scrying, pendulum dowsing, the Celtic ogham, palm reading and more.
Find a method of divination that feels right for you, and use it for guidance and insight from the past, present and future.
Season of Lughnasadh
Celebrating the Celtic Season of Autumn
The Celts divided the year into four quarters according to their festivals. The autumn quarter was known as Lughnasadh, named after the Celtic god Lugh. Following the actual festival of Lughnasadh, this quarter begins on 1 September, encompasses Mabon, or the Autumn Equinox, before coming to an end on 31 October at Samhain, or Halloween, which marked the New Year for the Celts as well as the arrival of winter.
The Celts saw the period of Lughnasadh as a time for:
* Spiritual growth
* Celebration of life
* Honouring ancestors
* Journey inward to the Soul
* Connecting to nature
Spend time going within. Listen to the calling of your soul and follow its guidance. Connect with nature by meditating outside, crunching through the autumn leaves or going out and getting to know the trees as they put on their incredible show of colour. Remember family members who have passed over, connect with Spirit, take the time to use divination or your own inner wisdom to read and release the past, and manifest the new.
Song of Lughnasadh
I am the sovereign splendor of creation,
I am the fountain in the courts of bliss,
I am the bright surrender of the willpower,
I am the watchful guardian and the kiss.
I am the many-coloured landscape,
I am the transmigration of the geese,
I am the burnished glory of the breastplate,
I am the harbor where all strivings cease.
- taken from Celtic Devotional: Daily Prayers and Blessings
by Caitlin Matthews, Godsfield Press 2004
Autumn - New Year or Old?
Does Autumn represent the end of an old year for you, or simply a prelude to winter?
My New Year comes at the end of Autumn, at Samhain
The Beauty of Autumn Magic
Mabon is the festival celebrated at the autumn equinox, on or around the 21st September. Named after a Celtic god of light, it coincides with the harvest season and is a time for taking stock of the harvest, and being grateful for what we have, what we have achieved, and the abundance we have created.
It also celebrates the time of going within, where we embrace the darkness inside and learn from what our shadow has to teach us.
Essential Autumn Magic Reading
This is a wonderful resource on Mabon, its meaning and history, and how to celebrate it. Includes recipes, crafts and rituals.
* Learn about various harvest festivals
* Find a list of harvest deities
* Try an autumn faerie meditation or learn about scarecrow magic
* Candle spells and moon rituals
* Autumn garden and plant magic
* Herbal recipes
* Crafts including autumn garlands and centerpieces
* Harvest Deities correspondence charts for Autumn enchantments
* Autumn recipes from soups to apple upside-down cake!
Autumn Magic - Connecting to the Earth
Even when seeking spiritual growth and ascension, it is important to also remain grounded and connected to the Earth. We are here in human form and we belong as much to the Earth as we do to Spirit. Autumn is a beautiful time to reconnect with the Earth Mother - get outside, enjoy the colours of nature, get to know your local native trees, plant bulbs ready for the spring, kick up the scrunchy leaves, or even spend time meditating outdoors daily.
Give thanks to Mother Earth, or Gaia, for her bountiful harvest, Bless or give thanks for the nourishment of your food. Decorate with the bright fruit and vegetables of autumn, as well as eating them! Create a magical altar for the season, for you to focus your intent during spells or meditation, and to gather together your sacred objects and natural findings representing autumn.
Magical Autumn Recipes
- Fall Soup for the Kitchen Witch
Magical fall soup to nourish and protect. Delicious recipe to make kale and leek soup!
- Creamy Butternut Squash Soup Recipe
Delicious, easy to make and nourishing autumn soup. Learn how to make it absolutely perfect!
- Apple and Blackberry Crumble
Delicious warming pudding for autumn, using fresh apples and blackberries. Learn how to make it extra special with a magical secret ingredient!
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