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7 Symbolic Meanings Of Autumn That Remind Us How Amazing This Season Really Is

by Gary Reading, Oct 2018

Thinking about autumn can bring about some pleasant thoughts. And while it is common to think about cozy scarves and delicious pies, the symbolic meanings of autumn are more profound than you think. Ancient cultures, science, and astrology have associated many aspects of this beautiful season to human life. These symbolic associations are powerful reminders that Mother Nature has an incredible influence on our lives.

This year, the autumnal equinox in the Northern Hemisphere takes place on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016. In New York, it will specifically occur at 10:21 a.m. EDT, according to Timeanddate.com. It is closely followed by the weekend, giving us the perfect chance to take part in autumnal equinox celebrations.

There are so many ways to welcome the new season. I am personally looking forward to diving into my long list of seasonal recipe ideas and fall craft projects. Of course, I will be topping everything off with classic books for fall reading and a cup of hot tea. Talk about a dream come true.

This is just the beginning, though. After researching the symbolic meanings of fall, I feel compelled to make journaling a habit during the new season. I have realized that it is the best time for self-reflection, awareness, and mindfulness. To see what I mean, take some time to learn about these seven symbolic meanings of the autumn equinox.

1. Change

As the Greek philosopher Heraclitus once said, “The only constant is change.” Autumn reminds us that our bodies, minds, and surroundings are always developing. It focuses on the impermanence of life, emphasizing how vital it is to embrace the present. By doing so, we can savor what we have before it is gone.

2. Mystery

Thanks to the changing nature of life, each and every day presents us with new mysteries. The crisp fall air and changing leaves personify these unknowns. And once we accept those unknowns, we have more capacity to live life to the fullest. After all, it’s quite comforting to realize that we are all in the same boat facing the same sea of mystery.

3. Preservation