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Sunday, August 7, 2016

Ways to celebrate the Fall Harvest

With the upcoming Autumn (hooray!) comes a shift in the mood of the earth that accompanies every changing season. I thought I'd write a post on some of my favorite ways to celebrate fall as well as some that have been shared with me! Please comment anything you like to do that I haven't mentioned!

1. Go on a walk! Around the neighborhood or a nearby park would be good, but the most effective option would be to go to a nearby forest, lake, mountain, river, desert, or canyon, whatever nature you have around you, go out in it. Go far enough from other people that you have some time alone, just you and the living, breathing earth below, around, and above you.

2. If you have a garden, flower beds, fruit trees, etc, give some extra face time to your plants, spritz them with water and maybe even treat them to some natural plant food (can be found in sprays or soil like form, and contain extra nutrients. You can also sit and read out loud to them, sing to them, trim heavier leaves, branches, etc. This extra attention will strengthen your little plants and encourage them to grow big and full.

3. If you don't have a garden that's okay! Go to a nearby farmers market and purchase some fruits, veggies and herbs from them, it's supporting local farmers, plus it's fresher and MUCH better for you than anything you'll find in a grocery store! Maybe even buy a few extras to give to a friend or family member. Fresh fruits and vegetables don't cost much and you have no idea how much that gesture can do for someone who may really need it! Pay it forward!

4. Host a Dinner, BBQ or a Bonfire, invite your close friends and/or family and ask everyone to bring a homemade dish that reminds them of fall and the harvest. Everyone gets to try things that they may not have tried before and you don't have all the work of cooking fall upon you! Light some citronella candles to ward off pesky bugs and the aroma is also pleasing and encourages good conversation!

5. (Optional) Now this one is for those of us that are inclined towards rituals and spell work.
Set up your sacred circle outside! It's not that hard to throw some candles, crystals, sage and salt or whatever you'd like to use into a tote and take it out into your backyard or even better, on a hike into the local nature.

Hope you enjoyed these suggestions! Again, if you have any more I'd love to hear about them! I'm sure I'll be updating this post as I think of more as well. :)
Honestly the most important thing is kindness.
Blessed be!

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