During this time of balance, it would do yourself and your family some good to cleanse away some of that negativity. The Jewish new year, Rosh Hashanah is celebrated close to the equinox time period.
One night this month, I burned some sage, after I was done with it, I snuffed it out and left it on my sink. I do this with flammable objects like sage, for this very reason. This was a different kind of sage than I'm use too. It's dryer and after I thought I smudged it and it wasn't smoking, a cinder must have grown to have burned it all the way through. Thankfully, this mishap was contained in my sink and no real damage was done. Upon recognizing my own sensibility, I couldn't help but acknowledge that my home, in a sense cleansed itself.
As the snake sheds its skin, so must we shed what is dead in our lives,
After a good mental and spiritual cleansing, it is good to give your mind and spiritual positive boost. Hence why we have these rituals throughout out our lives. Although the wheels traditions can at times become mundane, you can always change things up.
Adding the tropics to your Autumn traditions!
2. Death. This is an ideal time of year to discuss death. Whether in nature such as animal or plant, or historical example, such as dinosaurs or ancient ancestors or your personal dearly departed, this is a healthy time to teach children about our own mortality. As springs brings up subjects of sex and birth, the turning of the wheel must be dying and death. You could go to a historical museum to look at fossils. Put together a dinosaur skeleton puzzle. Pull out the old family albums or visit a graveyard.
3. Oranges, the tropics pumpkin. The Oranges grow naturally in tropical area's and where pumpkins have trouble in the heat. I will always carve a pumpkin, but decorating an orange with cloves is a fun and safe activity to add to your tradition.
4. Add tropical fruit to your traditional Autumn goodies. Banana Pumpkin Bread, add some pineapple to your maple coffee, put some orange slices in your Apple cider. All are great ways to incorporate the tropics into your Autumn holidays.
5. Collecting rocks and sea shells and painting them.
This is a great way to spend time with your family, doing something creative together.
I also suggest this fun book Bats at the Beach
No matter where you are, you can celebrate the coming of the cold months, make it memorable, no matter how you do it.
Happy Autumn Equinox to you all!