Tonight is the Harvest Moon (full moon) 9/16/2016.
Cue the Neil Young music:
…But there’s a full moon rising.
Let’s go dancing in the light.
We know where the music’s playing.
Let’s go out and feel the night.
Fall has always been my favorite time of year. Great temperate weather, beautiful nights, etc.. It’s a gorgeous time of year for hiking, camping, having friends over to enjoy sitting out by the fire sharing food, music. I hope this September finds you creating your health and finding simple ways to celebrate life and nourish your body, mind, and spirit. Maybe enjoying Friday’s full moon. The Harvest Moon is also referred to as the Wine Moon or the Singing moon.
It’s also that time of year to celebrate the Autumn Equinox. It’s a time of honoring hearth and home. The Fall Equinox is on Thursday, September 22 and is when the sun shines directly on the equator. The length of day and night is nearly equal. What is significant about this? Different civilizations and cultures throughout history have seen this as a time of balance, and a time to recognize the duality of life. The light and the dark.
Autumn is also a time of impermanence. What falls away..
Turning to nature helps us foster self awareness and well being. It also facilitates healing from depression, anxiety, the effects of stress. Being in nature also connects you with something greater than yourself – the cycle of birth, life, death, and re-birth. The constancy of the seasons provides some stability.
Many poets and authors write about the rhythms of the seasons, and the metaphors in nature as each provide a feast for the senses. I remember someone telling me that “Poetry names the nameless”. Observing the qualities of the natural world helps us to see truths about ourselves that we might not be able to face directly.
Here is an awesome book for you to consider: The Heart of Autumn –Poems for the Season of Reflection. By Robert Atwan, and Rosanna Warren. This book contains poems by many authors like Emily Dickenson, May Sarton, Robert Bly..to name a few.
Nature is always lovely,
Whatever is done and suffered
by her creatures.
All scars she heals,
whether in rocks or water or
sky or hearts.
Do you read or write poetry? Do you have different artists, musicians, authors that speak to you this time of year? Leave a comment below. I love to learn about what other’s are reading, listening to, etc.. So don’t keep it a secret!