To Autumn – William Blake
O Autumn, laden with fruit, and stained
With the blood of the grape, pass not, but sit
Beneath my shady roof, there thou may’st rest,
And tune thy jolly voice to my fresh pipe;
And all the daughters of the year shall dance,
Sing now the lusty song of fruits and flowers.
Some Equinox Thoughts
At 04:09BST tomorrow morning, the Sun enters Libra and this event marks the Autumn Equinox, the start of Autumn in the Northern Hemisphere. Equinox literally translates as ‘ equal night’, and the two equinoxes are the times in the year when the hours of light and dark are almost equally balanced – they may not be exactly the same length, but it’s the closest they get to being so!
I always find the Equinoxes and Solstices charged with a buzz, with energy. A great sense of change is in the air. Autumn is always a time to harvest that which has ripened, to clear away the chaff and dead leaves. In doing so the land and the trees have their underlying supportive structure laid bare. And so it is with life, as it seems to me. It’s a time to celebrate that which has come to fruition, a time to clear away that which has served its purpose or has not grown, time to reveal what lies beneath the surface for contemplation as the Sun’s strength begins to wane and the night lengthens into day. Letting go of things is not easy, even when they are complete, but it is necessary to make way for the new that is to come. It is also important to take time to reflect on what has been gained, learned and lost as that too brings a harvest of its own, and it is important, I think, to give thanks for this harvest of personal work done and progress made along our own way. It is also a time to think to the future, to set new goals now that the space in which they may achieved is apparent.
Tomorrow, after a good nights sleep tonight, I will find time to sit in meditation and contemplate my personal harvest, what is complete, and my goals for the coming year, and to give thanks for all these things.