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Samhain is a cross-quarter day, the days that mark the mid-point of the season.

Here at the mid-point we can really see the shift in the seasonal energy. It’s very clear we’re in autumn. At the Equinox the energy was still mingled with summer, our inner & outer worlds swirling around each other; a time of finding balance between the two.

At Samhain its clear that our inner world is overtaking our outer. Day is turning to night as we move into the dark side of the wheel of the year. This is where we leave the outer world behind. This is where the energy turns inward, and things need to die on the outside in order to do that.

Samhain celebrates that Death.

It’s the time of year when we pause to acknowledge the importance of death in the cycle of life. Honor the critical role death plays in your own spiritual journey.

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How Samhain Supports Your Growth:

✦ The energy turns prominently inward.

At this time in autumn it’s very clear things have turned inward. You can see it in the trees & the gardens, and you can feel it in your spirit. We’re drawing inward & our inner lives want our attention. 

This is the time of year to get comfortable with your inner life. This is where the work is for the next few months.

Make peace with yourself right now. Don’t judge anything that comes up for you. Just feel whatever you need to feel, and practice being an observer. Observe your inner life without judgement.

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✦ Embrace the darkness.

This dark side of the wheel of the year reminds you not to fear the darkness. There’s a lot of beauty in these dark days. Embrace it. Magic is born in the darkness.

And as you turn inward, don’t be afraid to look at your dark parts–be an observer. No judgement. What do your shadows want to show you?

What do you see if you gaze unafraid at the darkness you fight to hide? What if, instead, you wrap your arms around those parts of yourself–what if you send yourself only deep, compassionate love?

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✦ Release whatever needs to die.

Samhain is the season of Death. This is when the outerworld dies, to make space for new life to be born.

If you are brave enough to look at the darkness, to listen it has to tell you, you discover parts of yourself you need to let go of in order to grow & evolve.

This is where we leave behind the things that we’ve outgrown. Welcome the mystery & the possibilities of the space that it creates in your life.

This is a powerful time for magic & manifestation. What new dreams will be born to replace the leaves that you’ve let go of?

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✦ This is a time for serious nurturing.

Being brave enough to journey into the darkness requires really mindful nurturing & self-compassion. This is hard inner work. It requires you to be so gentle & loving & kind to yourself over the next few months.

In perfect divine timing, at Samhain we are entering the feminine/yin side of the wheel of the year.

Yin energy is restful. It’s gentle & nurturing. It’s intuitive & receptive.

This energy is really encouraging you to take deep care of yourself right now. Sleep as much as you can, don’t push yourself. Whatever self-care looks like for you, do that. Don’t judge yourself for how much you need it right now.

Allow yourself to rest, be open to just receive whatever comes to you in this space.

This rest & gentle care is so necessary. Like a restful pregnant mama, you are doing the hard work of birthing new dreams & life for yourself.

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1. What is ready to die within me?
What do I need to release in order to transform?

2. What do my shadows have to reveal?
What is emerging from the growing darkness?

3. How can I best nourish myself this season?

4. What magic is brewing in the growing darkness?

5. What message do my ancestors have for me tonight?

1. What is ready to die within me? What do I need to release in order to transform?

Samhain is the season of Death. This is the point in the Wheel of the Year when the outside world dies. This is where we pause to acknowledge the importance Death plays in the cycle of life.

You need to honor the critical role Death plays in your spiritual journey. You cannot evolve without allowing things to die in your life–outdated beliefs, stories, habits; relationships that no longer serve you; the job that crushes your spirit. There are things in your life that need to die away in order to continue on your path of personal growth.

What are you ready to let go of so you can continue to evolve? 

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2. What do my shadows have to reveal? What is emerging from the growing darkness?

Over the last few weeks our focus has been steadily turning inward. As you make this shift, don’t be afraid to look inside at your own dark parts, your shadows–the places you hide things you don’t want others to see or to know about you.

Exploring your dark places will help you uncover old stories, old habits, old ways of being that just don’t serve you anymore–things you’ve outgrown. Practice being an observer right now. Do not judge yourself for anything you uncover.

What do your shadows want to show you right now?

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3. How can I best nourish myself this season?

Exploring your shadows can be challenging, painful work. It doesn’t feel good to examine your deep, dark places. Being brave enough to journey into the darkness requires really mindful nurturing & self-compassion. This is hard inner work. It requires you to be so gentle & loving & kind to yourself over the next few months.

This late-autumn energy is encouraging you to take deep care of yourself right now. Rest as much as you can. Whatever self-care looks like for you, do that. Don’t judge yourself for how much you might need it right now.

How can you best nourish yourself in the coming weeks & months? 

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4. What magic is brewing in the growing darkness?

This dark side of the wheel of the year reminds us not to fear the darkness. There’s a lot of beauty in these dark days. Embrace it.

Magic is born in the darkness. The darkness of a mother’s womb creates new life. Seeds need the deep, dark Earth to grow. New life begins in the darkness.

What magic will the coming darkness bring into your life?  

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5. What message do my ancestors have for me tonight?

Many cultures view this as a moment in the year when you can easily connect with your beloved dead–those who have passed away before us. Samhain is believed to be a liminal time. A time when the veil between this world & the Otherworld is thin, and the Dead can easily cross into this world.

This is a beautiful time to remember the people you love who’ve passed on, and a powerful time to connect with your ancestors.

Ask them, what message do you have to share with me tonight?

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I always use the change of seasons as an opportunity to pause and reflect. It’s the perfect time to reflect on your life, your Self, and any growth & changes you’ve gone through over the year so far.

When we look closely at the energy present in each season & what’s happening in nature, we’re able to see the personal growth work the Earth is really supporting us in right.

Because, nature WANTS us to grow. 

Whether you consider yourself a “nature person” or not, we are all connected to this Earth. We are all living, growing things on Earth. And as such, we are affected by the forces & energy in nature–just like trees, just like the gardens, just like all the animals.

When changes occur in nature, they resonate within our own spirit.

The season is changing. The energy is changing. And there are ways your spirit wants to stretch & grow in response to that. (Or release & turn inward, as the case may be.)

These are some really powerful questions to ask yourself this time of year. Use them as journal prompts throughout Autumn.

Plan a simple, solo autumn equinox ritual. Just light a candle & journal on these seasonal questions.   

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1. Reflect on the blessings you’ve received this year.

The Autumn Equinox is the time of the final harvest. When people lived more closely connected to the Earth, and grew all their food, this was the time of year they’d celebrate the summer’s abundance.

What abundance did you experience this summer? What blessings have you received? Take a moment and express real gratitude for these harvests.

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2. Reflect on your personal harvests.

These are the things you’ve put energy and effort into over the last several months. And, the fruits of that beautiful effort.

What are the things in your life and within yourself that you’ve been tending and nurturing?

Think about things outside of yourself–your projects, and creations … What important projects have you brought to fruition? What are some accomplishments that you’re proud of?

But, also reflect on the things within yourself you’ve been working on. What changes have you been working on? And how have you grown since the beginning of the year?

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3. Be frickin’ proud of yourself.

Take a look at the things you wrote about above. Sit with those for a moment. Really recognize the things you’ve accomplished and the hard work you’ve put in.

And, even if it feels cheesy, (because we’re not used to praising ourselves. Far easy to tear ourselves down, right? Which makes this next reflection so important) …

Write a note to yourself and express how proud you are of all the hard work you’ve done this year. Talk to yourself like you would a beloved friend, or your child, and let yourself know how proud you are of all your accomplishments.

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4. Reflect on balance in your life. 

The Autumn Equinox is 1 of only 2 days throughout the year when the Earth is in perfect balance. That makes it an ideal time to examine balance in our own lives.

In what areas of your life to you feel really well balanced? Where do you feel like you’re rockin’ it?

Where do you feel out of balance? Why do you think that is? Give yourself 1 action item to bring things back into alignment.

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5. Prepare to let go. 

In Autumn we are drawn, in particular, to the balance between life and death. Everything is dying all around us. And that death is necessary, in order for new life to grow in the spring.

That’s true for the trees and the flowers, and its true for your Self as well. In order to experience new Soul growth, we need to let go of our old leaves–old patterns and habits that no longer serve us.

What are you ready to let go of? What do you need to shed in order for new life to grow?

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Autumn Craft for Kids, A Family Activity for Mabon & the Autumn Equinox. Find more ways to celebrate the seasons on www.TheSeasonalSoul.com

Whenever the seasons change I try to plan a fun activity for the whole family. Something that gets us outside, spending time together, and really feeling the change in nature & the change in energy.

I usually plan a neighborhood walk, or family hike to look for signs of the changing seasons. I like to tell my kids about what’s happening seasonally – how the relationship between the Earth & the sun is changing, and how that affects our own lives. (Click here for an overview of why this time is meaningful & what’s happening with the seasonal energy.)

Below is a fun activity we did to celebrate Autumn & observe the Autumn Equinox last year.

Planning a family walk to gather supplies & spending an evening together making these fun faces is a TOTALLY VALID & TOTALLY POWERFUL Autumn Equinox Ritual.

Simple is very powerful.

So is fun time spent together. 💖

(See what else we did, and get a free gratitude prompts download, here.)

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GREEN MAN CRAFT

Who is Green Man?Pagan Green Man - Enjoy this autumn equinox craft with your kids. More info at www.TheSeasonalSoul.com

Green Man is an ancient symbol of nature. He has been recognized and revered by many civilizations and adopted by many religions for over 2000 years. The earliest known representation of Green Man was carved around 400 AD.

Green Man is a nature spirit, revered as a symbol of the eternal cycle of nature–the endless cycle of life, death and rebirth. He is often interpreted as a representation of Father Nature, who dies in autumn and is reborn again in winter.

SUPPLIES:
• large collection of leaves, nuts, pinecones, etc.
• glue
• heavy craft paper, paper plate or paper grocery bags

OPTIONAL SUPPLIES:
• paint brushes
• string
• clothes pins

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Spend some time outside gathering your supplies.

Supplies for Autumn Equinox / Mabon Craft with Kids. Discover more seasonal craft ideas at www.TheSeasonalSoul.comThis is a really great excuse to get your family out in nature for a beautiful autumn walk. Walk to a nearby park or visit a favorite hike. Find a great place to check out fall foliage up close and personal. Explore.

My kids loved this stage of the activity. Their enthusiasm was absolutely infectious. My heart was so full as they were constantly, excitedly, running to show us all the treasures they were finding. (And, I should say, my kids are 11 and 5, and my too-cool middle-schooler loved this just as much as his little sister!)

It was a really beautiful way to interact with our surroundings. It encouraged us to look at things closely and absorb way more details then we normally would on a walk through the neighborhood. We found the coolest tiny acorns and exquisite leaves we never noticed before.

2. On a large, clean, workspace spread out all your supplies.

I recommend laying out all your treasures on newspaper or an old shop towel for ease of cleanup at the end.

3. Examine all the treasures you collected and determine what pieces speak to you for Green Man’s face.

Kids Crafts for Mabon & Autumn Equinox. Get more seasonal craft ideas at www.TheSeasonalSoul.comI found it helpful to arrange the face first before beginning to glue pieces down.

Use a thick piece of craft paper as the base of your project. Some of the pieces require a good deal of glue to adhere to the paper so you’ll want thick paper for your project. My daughter enjoyed using a paper plate since it was already round, like a face. The inside of a paper grocery bag would also work well and it would give your face a nice, earthy feel.

4. Once you have your face laid out, start gluing.

It worked well for us to squeeze out a large glob of glue for everyone, individually (to avoid fights over our one container of glue). We then used paint brushes to apply the glue.

5. When dry, display your Green Men somewhere you can enjoy them all season long.

Decorating your mantel for autumn & mabon. Get more ideas at www.TheSeasonalSoul.comWe strung pieces of raffia across our mantel and attached the masterpieces with clothes pins.

The faces will change and morph as the leaves dry which make the portraits a perfect representation of Green Man. As Father Nature he is also changing throughout the seasons. In autumn he morphs from his summer mane of green to the bright, vibrant hues of fall and, finally, to the cold, browns of winter.

6. Post a Picture & Tag Me! 

I’d LOOOVE to see your gorgeous Green Men creations!  Please tag me if you make them. I’d love to share them!!

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One of the most prominent themes of this time of year is gratitude.

Summer is ending–a season of so much joy & fun.  I feel so much gratitude for all the awesome adventures & experiences I had the last few months–all the people I got to spend time with. My heart is full. ❤

I want to continue to carry that forward with me over the next few months as the wheel turns & we become more inward-focused.

Deep gratitude for our summer experiences & blessings, becomes rich, juicy soil for our winter dreams to begin to take root. 

The autumn equinox is a beautiful time to reconnect with a practice of gratitude in your life. And, as a Mom, I really want to help my children develop a mindset of gratitude in their lives–help them learn to see & be thankful for all their many blessings.

Autumn is the perfect time to engage in an injection of gratitude in all our lives.

Gratitude Conversation Starters for Kids & Families. Develop a Family Gratitude with the Fun Questions. Read more at www.TheSeasonalSoul.com

I’ve created this fun download to to help everyone in your family start thinking about gratitude. It includes over 30 questions to help everyone think about all their grateful for.

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Just print, cut & toss these questions into a bowl.

Use these as journal prompts throughout the season. My family keeps them on the dinner table all season, every night we take turns asking each other questions. Sure beats the boring old, “How was school?” (Even my 7th grader is eager to participate every night.)

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My family’s Autumn Equinox celebration:

– Enjoy a family walk together. We’ll walk through a neighborhood park where we can gather supplies for our Green Man craft.

– At home we’ll do this sweet family ritual/prayer (included in the free ritual download below.)

– We’ll do this green man craft together & ask each other questions from these gratitude Qs.

* We won’t necessarily do all these things on the Autumn Equinox proper. (It might be too much.) There’s nothing wrong with doing these things around the autumn equinox, or on the weekend, or over two weekend. Do whatever works, and only feels fun & stress-free for your family!

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Right now, when everything feels so uncertain, confusing, depressing & … dark. Right now, more than ever, we really need to dive head first into practicing gratitude.

We need to embrace everything in our lives that we’re grateful for. We need to acknowledge all that’s meaningful & important to us. Through doing that, our hearts will burst open.

And that’s what we need most of all right now, wide open hearts.

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This is the last new moon of summer. In only a few days it will be Autumn.

These are the final days of the season.

You can almost see the Wheel of the Year right now. The days are noticeably shorter, the evenings are cooler. There’s a real shift in the energy this month.

We’re shifting out of the hot, intense energy of summer – this time of going & doing, of being outside & really active; into a more balanced, calm, inward-focused season.

We start coming back into ourselves this month.

Summer travels have wound down; kids are back in school (if only just virtually). There’s this sense of balance returning. An eagerness to reconnect with routines you may have let go of over summer.

September is a time of balance returning to our lives.

Summer’s intense, outward-focused energy wears us out. Our spirits are tired when September arrives. If you’ve been feeling overwhelmed, exhausted, untethered, adrift – this month you’ll feel some balance return to your life, as the Wheel turns toward Autumn.

At the Autumn Equinox, the energy is balanced: between inward- & outward-focused energies, between day & night, between light & dark. It’s a moment of perfect balance on Earth. And it’s an opportunity for you to fill those places in your life that can use more balance.

As we move into Autumn, throughout this moon cycle, the energy will shift significantly. The night becomes longer than the day. Soon we’ll spend more hours of the day in darkness, rather than the light.

As the daylight decreases, our focused turns further & further inward this month. Physically we want to be home more. We’re relieved that the coming & going of summer is ending. We start spending more time inside. Mentally & emotionally, we drawing deeper & deeper inward.

We’re moving into a very introspective season.

It begins by reflecting on all the fun times you had this summer. What were your favorite adventures? What experiences are you most grateful for?

Cultivating deep gratitude for your summer experiences, creates rich soil for your winter dreams to take root.

This month we shift into the season of Gratitude.

First, with gratitude for everything you experienced this summer: the good AND the bad. What did your experiences teach you? How have you changed?

And taking stock of everything you’ve harvested this year: much of that harvest is in things you’ve learned, ways you’ve grown.

Reflecting on these things this month begins the important Autumn work of Letting Go.

In the coming season you have the opportunity to finally let go of old patterns, destructive habits, false stories, limiting beliefs. Those things you’re realizing no longer serve you, things you’re ready to shed & release. Like the leaves of the autumn trees, you’re preparing to let go of all the things currently holding you back.

Here’s some questions you can ask yourself to start laying the groundwork for a huge shift  in your life in the weeks & months ahead:

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JOURNAL Qs FOR THE SEPTEMBER NEW MOON

• Where do things feel in balance right now? What parts of your life are feeling out of balance? How can you bring things back into balance?

• What experiences are you grateful for? How have you grown?

• What have you learned from your experiences over spring & summer?

• What is it time for you to release? What do you need to leave behind in order to strengthen & grow?

 

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What is Lughnasa?

Lughnasa is an ancient Celtic holiday, celebrating the beginning of harvest season. With the arrival it of Christianity it became Lammas – the first grain harvest of the season.

Grain has been an important crop to almost every civilization since nearly the beginning of time. For many of us, we no longer spend time reflecting on the importance of grain. But for our ancestors the grain harvest was a matter of life or death.

The first harvest of the season is a sacred moment.

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What’s happening in nature?

This is the Ripening time; the sun is at its hottest & is ripening the fruit on the trees & the vines. All of nature is opening to the sun, to bring forth their fruit in abundance.

The same thing is happening to you. This is the time to open yourself to the power of the sun & allow the fruit you’ve been cultivating to ripen. 

What is currently ripening in your life?
What are you ready to start harvesting? 

Despite the hot days still ahead, the energy of the sun has shifted. The days are getting noticeably shorter. We are beginning to see signs of the wheel of the year turning toward late-summer/autumn. 

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How does Lughnasa support your personal & spiritual growth?

The summer sun is still fiery hot at this time of year. It is active, energetic & bold. This summer sun is helping to ripen your remaining harvests this season. 

Review your spring intentions, what did you plant in spring that is now flourishing and ready to harvest? 

Lughnasa brings a flow of vital energy that will fuel you for all the difficult tasks still to come this year.

Harvesting is hard work. Preparing for next year’s growth is hard work. The remaining sun & fire of summer provides us with the energy to finish our work this year. Soak up as much of it as possible.

Be cautious not to burn yourself out with summer’s intensity.

These late summer days are also days for rest. Rest as much as possible. Use this time to recharge your batteries.

You’ve already been working so hard this summer. Summer is fun & full of adventure, and it is also exhausting. This mid-point of summer reminds you to rest. Refuel for the months ahead.

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What wisdom does Lughnasa have to share?

Protect & nurture what you plant.
You don’t just toss your seeds in the dirt & come back to an abundant harvest. The seeds you plant require loving care in order to truly blossom. Lughnasa/Lammas teaches us that if you tend your garden well–if you protect & nurture what you plant in your life–you will experience expansive growth & bountiful harvests.

Work hard & finish what you start.
Creating new growth in your life takes perseverance. Personal growth work, spiritual work–just like growing a garden–is hard work. If you give up on your garden in the middle of the summer, your beautiful plants will wither. This sacred day is teaching you to continue your hard work & finish what you start.

Rest.
Rejuvenate your tired spirit. Refuel. All this growth work is hard. Harvesting is hard. The weeks & months to come, are still going to require hard work. Rest now. Recharge in the summer sun.

The death of the old, contains the seeds of new beginning.
This is one of the most magical parts of this time of year – the dying plants turn into seeds for next year’s growth. Things are drying out & dying but they contain the seeds for new life in the spring. In the dying body of the old is contained the mystery of renewal.

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Lughnasa is the sacred seasonal day celebrated around August 1. This is the cross-quarter day that marks the mid-point of summer. The energy has shifted since the Summer Solstice, and we can feel that the Wheel of the Year is turning. 

The days are growing visibly shorter. The grass is becoming dry and brown. (My sunflowers are beginning to bloom! I’ve never grown sunflowers before.) Farm fields are standing full and lush with wheat and corn.

This is the time of the year’s first harvest.

When we lived more connected to the Earth, and her cycles of growing and harvesting, we were more aware of this part of summer as the time when the first grains were harvested. For Earth-based cultures, this was a traditional time to celebrate the harvests and to acknowledge all the hard work that went into those accomplishments.

You may not be harvesting wheat from your fields, but that energy is still prevalent. You have our own personal harvests–things you have grown and nurtured and worked hard to bring to fruition in your own life.

This is the time of year when we confront our hopes & fears about our own personal harvests. We hope the seeds we planted in our lives last spring will continue to grow & flourish this year. And yet, like the farmer in his fields who fears a storm will ravage his crops before he can harvest, you may have fears rising up about your ability to accomplish all you’ve worked hard for. 

It’s hard, hard, hard work growing things in the farm field. And its hard work growing the richness and blessings you’ve created in your own life as well. Lughnasa is an important time to pause and acknowledge all the beauty you harvest in your life. And all the hard work its taken to get here.

(Read more about the meaning of Lughnasa, here.)

Below are several really great questions to reflect on at this time of the first harvest. I recommend printing them out (or bookmarking them up on your phone) & spend some time with you journal & a pen to record your reflections.

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What are you harvesting in your life right now?

What do you hope to harvest in the coming months?

What do you fear might stand in your way?

What is one thing you could do right now to help ensure that won’t happen? (Write down one actionable item you can do, right now, to correct it.)

Spend some time & really acknowledge how very, very hard you work.

Despite all the million & one ways you always feel you could do more, take a moment to really appreciate all the hard work you do put into growing and evolving. Spend 10 minutes acknowledging all the hard, hard work you’ve put in this year–into your life, and your self and all the rich, juicy, goodness you have in your life.

Write someone else close to you a Thank You note.

The fact of the matter is, we can’t do it all by ourselves. We can’t harvest our wheat fields and we can’t build our own beautiful lives all by ourselves. Take 10 minutes and acknowledge how hard someone close to you has worked, allowing you to harvest riches in your life.

Cheer yourself on. Give yourself a big, serious pep talk.

It is damn hard work, building a life you love. (And, just living life in general.) It’s hard work and it requires some serious stamina. You have to finish what you start. And you can do it! I know you can do it. And you know you can do it. Write yourself a pep talk. Cheer yourself on like you’re a badass Olympian. You are so strong. And so powerful. And you’re about to break a mother-f*cking world record.

Finish what you start. Go after it. You are a badass.

Record your favorite summer memories.

Make a note in your calendar for the first of the year. (Seriously, go schedule it in your calendar right now.) Write a “To Do”, to come back and reread your favorite summer memories in the darkest, coldest days of winter. Plan to re-read and return to these sunny, warm memories of summer.

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As the wheel turns toward the dark half of the year, we begin spending more time indoors.  Our energy is drawn inward, and our spirits yearn for all things cozy & warm.

Autumn is the perfect time to cleanse the energy of your home, in  preparation for the inside months ahead. 

You’ll be spending more & more time inside, and you want the energy in your home to support you; to uplift you & feed you.

In order to do that, the energy in your home needs cleansed. Here’s some simple, easy ways your can really raise the vibration of your home.

I’m planning to include my kids in these activities. Cleaning is boring. But when you include ritual, and bells, and crystals, and spray bottles(!) … kids love all of this stuff!

And what a beautiful lesson to teach them (and ourselves) …

How to find the sacred even in the everyday tasks of cleaning house. 

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Get Rid of Clutter

Clutter is one of the single biggest offenders when it comes to stagnant energy in your home. Clutter is a magnet. Have you ever noticed when there’s a few things cluttering your counter, how more and more clutter is attracted to it? And suddenly its a huge, messy pile?

The same is true with energy. You want the energy to flow freely through your home. And just like the junk on your counter, when there’s clutter–energy gets stuck there.

Spend some time cleaning up the visible clutter. Don’t go crazy, focus on things you can see–the papers piled on the kitchen counter, that spot in your dining room where miscellaneous junk collects.

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Wipe down all surfaces. 

Dust all the surfaces in your home. All that dust is old, dirty energy.

It represents all the things you carry around that you really don’t need in your life anymore.

With each satisfying wipe tell yourself, “I am cleaning away everything that doesn’t serve me anymore.”

Our spirits can get dusty, just like our shelves. We need to spend time throughout the year wiping away old annoyances, habits, baggage we carry around that dull our spirits. Autumn is a powerful time to do this.

Use a mild witch hazel solution to infuse your home with additional protection and inspiration. Just dilute the witch hazel: 10 parts water to 1 part witch hazel.

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Mop Floors

Use the witch hazel solution above to mop your floor; add vinegar, which helps get rid of unwanted energy. Lastly, add a few drops of your favorite essential oils.

Move clockwise through your house and through each room as you mop. Traditionally, moving in a clockwise motion is considered lucky and auspicious. Clockwise is the direction the sun moves. You are moving in harmony with the natural world when you perform rituals in a clockwise motion.

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Vacuum Carpets

Prior to vacuuming, sprinkle this Carpet Sprinkle mixture (from Sarah Anne Lawless) on all your carpets and let it sit for 10 minutes. Then vacuum your carpets really well.

Spiritual Cleansing Carpet Sprinkle
1 cup baking soda
1 tsp fine sea salt
1 tsp powdered dried basil
5 drops lemon essential oil
10 drops lavender essential oil

Mix in a bowl and crush any lumps formed by the essential oils then add to an old empty and rinsed herb or spice shaker. Walk around your home sprinkling a light coat on all your carpeting and carpeted stairs. Not only does it magically clean the carpet, it also removes odors and helps release any pet hair and dander in the carpet for easier vacuuming.

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Sweep outside entrances.

This is where most of the energy enters our homes, so we want make it’s clear, positive, and fresh. Remember to sweep the steps, the doorways, etc.

Consider placing a protective symbol at each entrance, such as:

• A mirror near your front door. It should face out to reflect negative energy & keep it from entering your home.

• A horseshoe above your door. Horseshoes are believed to repel negativity from entering your house. They  bring good luck to everyone who passes underneath it.

• Wind chimes. They’re believed to scare away evil spirits. And … who doesn’t love a tinkling wind chime?!

• Find more ideas here

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Cleanse the Energy of Your Home

Here’s a very simple sage smudging ritual to clear your home of all the negative energy still lingering in the corners.

1. Start in a room where the energy feels the most stagnant. Which room do you hate spending time in? Start there.

2. Light your smudging stick. Let it catch fire and them blow out, like you would a stick of incense. Carry a bowl with you to catch anything that falls away from your smudging stick.

3. Start in the doorway and move in a clockwise direction through the room. (Again, moving clockwise is moving in harmony with the natural world.)

4. Use your hand to waft the smoke into every area of the room. Raise & lower your smudging stick so the smoke gets the floor, as well as the ceiling. Pay special attention to the corners in each room. Stagnant energy gets stuck in the corners.

5. Wear a strand of bells on your wrist to ring as you go. Have the kids ring bells behind you as you smudge. The ringing helps clear out negative energy.

6. In each room say:

 “I cleanse this room of negativity and any energy that doesn’t support our family. Only happiness and positivity will prosper here.”

7. Move in a clockwise direction around your home and repeat this process throughout every room in your house.

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Protect Your Home Against Negative Energies

Lastly, take some time to seal your home from any negative & unwanted energy. These are fun, simple ways yo protect your home that the kids will love.

While performing one of these simple rituals repeat, “This home is protected. This home is secure. Negativity & evil may do no harm here.”

• Bury a penny about 1″ deep, right side up, at each corner of your home.
Copper is considered sacred to the goddesses of home, hearth & domesticity. Placing a copper penny at each corner protects your home from negative energy and evil spirits. Copper also attracts good fortune & prosperity.

• Sprinkle salt water around the outside walls of your home and at each entrance. Salt is known to have magical properties of protection, purification and healing. It absorbs unwanted energy.

• Place crystals in the corners of your home.
Two important crystals for protection of your home are Black Tourmaline & Selenite–Black Tourmaline is the protective shield of your home & Selenite is its guardian angel. (Energy Muse)
After placing your crystals, find a place in the center of your home where you can sit, focus, and set your intention. Repeat the mantra above & visualize the crystals forming a powerful, protective shield around your home.

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*As with every single ritual & activity you’ll find on The Seasonal Soul–take what works for you and leave the rest. Feel free to alter & adjust however feels right to you. The point is to feel comfortable and confident with whatever rituals you perform–that’s how you attract the energy you desire. Use this ritual as a jumping off point. Make it your own!

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1. Honor your Inner Fire.

The element of Summer is fire.

At the Summer Solstice the sun is at its height. Its powerful fire will nourish and grow the plants in our gardens over the upcoming weeks and months. Fall’s harvests won’t come without the sun. In summer we are reminded our sun is sacred.

Just like Earth’s powerful sun, we each have our own inner fire. The fire that nourishes our hopes and our dreams.

Your Inner Fire is that fierce, powerful part of your Self that does the hard work of bringing your dreams to life. In the same way that crops would cease to grow without the Earth’s sun, your life would shrivel without your Inner Fire.

The summer’s sun is a reminder to celebrate your Inner Fire. Acknowledge that part of your Self. The fierce, powerful, badass part of your Self that resides within you. Take some time to recognize Her, acknowledge the important things your Inner Fire does for you. Have gratitude for that part of your Self. 

Here’s some really great journal Qs to ask yourself & connect with your Inner Fire this time of year. Click here.

2. Recognize and celebrate your own Divine Masculine.

We all have elements of both the masculine and the feminine that reside within us. One isn’t best. Both are important. Both are necessary.

As women, we often forget the masculine energy that resides within us. It’s not something we’re encouraged or reminded to connect with. And for our men, our culture primarily equates masculinity with aggression and anger.

We need to acknowledge the divine masculine that resides within each of us. We need to embrace that part of our Self and be grateful for the ways it empowers us.

Broadly defined, masculine energy is expansive energy. It’s passionate and it radiates. It’s just like the summer sun that is shining so strong and fierce and confident right now. It’s assertive and self-reliant. It’s bold and commanding. It builds and it creates.

It’s not a coincidence that we celebrate Father’s Day near the Summer Solstice. The Solstice is a celebration of the powerful, protective, paternal energy of the bright

3. Find balance between intense summer activity and important idle hours of summer relaxation.

Summer is a time of intense activity.

Historically, it was a time of working long hours tending the gardens and fields. Fewer of us have summer farm work to tend to these days. But still, our summers are jam-packed with plans, projects, activity, and adventure. Most of those are fun, exciting things we’re looking forward to. But … we’re busy. We have a lot of things going on. (Check yourself – are your summer weekends almost all booked already?)

Summer is a time of so much Going and Doing. But in the summer our spirits also yearn for long, lazy hours of sitting on the porch, sipping ice-cold lemonade, just reading a really good book.

We work hard in the summer. And we play hard in the summer. It’s important that we balance that intense activity with idle hours of rest. And relaxation. And just soaking in all that warm, radiant, delicious, rich summer sun.

Here’s some great reflections to help you plan a summer that balances fun & incorporating crucial summer rest into your life this season. Click here.

4. Once you’ve put in the hard work, you have to let go, be patient, and trust.

The summer fruit will ripen on the vines exactly when it’s ready.

You can’t rush it. You can’t control it. You have to just let go and be patient. You have to trust that you put in the hard work of planting and tending your garden, and know that it will bear fruit in its exact right moment.

The same is true for whatever juicy deliciousness you’d like to grow in your life, as well.

You have to be patient with yourself. And patient with any soul work you engage in. Have confidence in yourself and trust that you’ve already planted the seeds and your Inner Fire has already sparked its growth. And then … just let go.

The fruit of those seeds, your ideas & intentions, will ripen when they’re ready. You can’t rush it. You can’t control it. Just like the summer fruit on the vine, your dreams & intentions will ripen in their exact right, divine moment.

5. When something has reached completion, we have to let it go so we can change and grow.

On the Summer Solstice the days have grown the longest they can be. The sun has reached its peak and its cycle of growth is complete. It now begins its slow descent inward as the darkness gradually returns. And even though we’re celebrating the arrival of summer, it feels a little bit sad in our spirits to begin saying goodbye to the sun.

Every year the sun reminds us of this beautiful cycle of growth, and reaching your peak, and then letting go so you can change and grow and begin the cycle all over again.

And while change and growth is exciting and inspiring, it can also be sad letting go of things in our life that have reached completion.

It’s sad letting go of relationships, jobs, patterns, etc., in our lives once they’ve reached their peak and served their purpose. But, we have to let them go so we can change and grow.

And that’s sad. And, exciting.

Despite the sadness of letting go, remember … these moments of happiness and sadness are incredibly sacred. They are moments of big change. And big growth. They are moments of evolution in our lives.

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