It’s the autumnal equinox where daylight and nighttime are equal. Today I picked some cards from my Earth Magic deck, and found a really interesting quote from Steven Farmer, PhD:
In many areas of the world, deciduous trees prepare for the winter and conserve their energy by contracting their life force — that is, they release their leaves, which have required the rays of the sun and nourishment from the Earth in order to maintain robust growth and appearance. It’s not a decision that the trees make (at least not in the usual sense); instead, it’s a natural response to the decreasing cycle of light that sets up the gradual and steady release of the trees’ leaves.
Steven Farmer also wrote a book called Sacred Ceremony, which I highly recommend. It is full of good ideas that you can use to commemorate various occasions, such as equinoxes, solstices, births, deaths, etc.
Today’s image is from Susanne Fincher’s Coloring Mandalas Vol 3: Circles of the Sacred Feminine. I picked the colors because they reminded me of fall, which is not my favorite season. I think that’s why I really like how Steven Farmer explained why the leaves must drop.