So! It’s autumn equinox.
(Or spring, my southern friends!)
I wrote earlier about the energy of the autumn equinox, it’s turning-point quality, it’s encouragement to spend time looking both backwards over the year so far, and forwards, towards the colder, darker months, acknowledging the internal shift that comes with the change in season, the ending of one cycle of the Wheel of the Year, ready to begin again with Samhain next month.
Some of this ‘shifting’ is deep and soulful and internal. As I wrote earlier, I’m going to spend this evening with my tarot cards, reading a ‘Bridge’ spread to illuminate my current journey and help me to understand what this chapter in my life is all about. Another thing I want to do is to – finally – create a permanent altar in my home.
But this also feels like a time of lighter ‘resolutions’. It’s not only about shadow and soul work.
September brings the urge to get organised, to clear out old crap and create space for something new. Time to make commitments, set intentions, begin ’tilling the soil’, setting intentions for the year ahead, and rounding off this cycle of the Wheel of the Year. For me that looks like spending lots of time in my new attic studio, getting my shop organised and setting up new systems. Cleaning and sorting and making things feel nice.
II look back on the new year’s resolutions I made at the end of 2016. I wanted to join a community class and bake more bread – both things I’ve done and really enjoyed. And I chose a word, ‘connection’, to be a theme, a perspective, to bring to my year.
I’ve spent a lot of this year feeling sorta disconnected, if I’m honest. Distracted and not-fully-present. Caught up all the time in the slightly-anxious search for a home, and the logistics of making that happen, and the logistics of running a business from a shared spare room, and navigating the news cycle and trying to show up, but feeling far away from so much. It’s hard to feel ‘connected’ when you’re constantly, anxiously seeking to have your needs met.
Now, though, happily ensconced in my new little home town of Machynlleth, I feel like the connection thing is starting to come through. It’s so easy to make friends here, so many community projects to join in with. I feel enlivened and inspired by the people I’m meeting, and I’m starting to feel connected, part of something. The tiny beginnings of roots are sighing with relief as they push gently down into the friendly soil.
Now, as the days shorten, I want to look more closely at Little Red Tarot. I want to organise better, I want to know how I’m spending my time, to work more intentionally, and less. Over the years, this business has moved from being a little personal blog to a many-branched tree that sustains me and pays others too. I feel like Little Red Tarot is asking me to step up now, and to put time into making a longer-term plan for this site and the role I want to play in it. It’s exciting! And scary. Like all the best things.
The other thing I want to do is be more crafty and creative with my hands. So much of my work is online, but here I have the space to spread out, unpack my sewing machine, make a mess in the kitchen. I’m playing with plant-dyes and incense-making, and it feels really, really good to potter and play like this. So my autumn resolution is to make this a more regular practice.
Well, that’s me!
What about you?
This is an open thread post – if you’re feeling this seasonal shift, especially if you’ve never commented here before, please jump into the comments below and share your equinox feels! What are you closing out now as autumn/spring draws in? What are you saying goodbye to, and what do you want to welcome in for the new season?
I would love to hear about it.