Last week the autumn equinox started. The what? The first day of fall is also known as the autumn equinox. The first days of fall and spring are equinoxes and the first days or summer and winter are solstices. So what is the difference?
On the day of an equinox, the earth is tilting neither towards or away from the sun and that results in an equal amount of daylight and darkness. On the day of a solstice, the earth is at its maximum tilt (23,5 degrees) either toward or away from the sun. During a summer solstice is the earth tilting towards the sun, which results in the longest day of the year. In the winter the earth tilts away from the sun, which makes it the day with the least amount of sunlight.
What does this mean to you? As we are all part of nature, these changes in seasons also affect us. Summer is a season of energy, a time of showing yourself and celebrating. Autumn is a season of transformation and letting go. A time to get back into the house, because of the colder weather, but it also means coming back into yourself. This is the right time to let everything go from the summer season.
You can make a ritual and light up some candles to make the transformation from summer into autumn. One of the things you can do is to be grateful for the summer season. Think about some things from the past months that you are grateful for. Also think about some things that you don’t want to bring along in the next season and let them go.
Hereby some tips to do this season:
- Make a walk into the forest and enjoy the changes in colours of the leaves.
- Snuggle up on the couch and watch a beautiful movie.
- Give your home a small make-over and make it cosy. Light up some candles.
- Make a home-made vegan chai latte.
- Find a nice spot near the window, get a blanket and some herbal tea. Enjoy the rain, thunder and lightning. It always feels good to have a cosy home when the weather is like that.
- Make time to read a good book.
- Makes some seasonal dishes like pumpkin soup.
What are the things you like to do in this season? Let me know. Enjoy this autumn!