Ideas for things to do for the Autumn Equinox that you'll want to turn into traditions.
Who Celebrates The Autumn Equinox?
You do! You've never celebrated the Autumn Equinox before? Have fun, why not?
I simply don't know everyone who celebrates the Autumn Equinox to include everyone but to name a few:
Pagans: Paganism is an umbrella term for various and several different religions and spiritual paths and no two Pagan Paths are the same! That said, the majority of Pagans do celebrate the Autumn Equinox and while a lot may follow similar or even the same traditions, celebrations and rituals will usually be crafted to fit the individual.
China and Vietnam: On the full moon closest to the Autumn Equinox, a moon festival is held. Traditions include moon gazing and eating moon cake.
Japan: In Japan, the traditions for the Autumn Equinox are not unlike the traditions for Halloween in the Philippines. People in Japan spend time visiting ancestors at graveyards during the Autumn Equinox, they beautify the gravesites of their lost loved ones and ancestors and they visit their living relatives.
A Time Of Balance
On the day of the Autumn Equinox, not only is the Sun in Libra, the sign of balance but it's also the day that daylight and nighttime are even and in perfect balance.
The Autumn Equinox offers so much abundance. We experience the final day of the summer of the year and say goodbye for the last time to that summer and on the very same day, at the very same time, we say hello to Autumn for the first time that year.
A time of hello and goodbye, a time of light and dark, a time of creation (us) and disintegration (crops, leaves) a time of closing doors and opening new ones.
Pagans that believe in deities (because not all do) will honour the dark side of their God and of their Goddess and they will express gratitude for the darkness for there is no light without it.
Personally, I don't believe in deities so I honour the dark months, Autumn and Winter and the dark of the night, focusing on appreciation for the balance and my own connection with both night and day and my own connection to each of the four seasons.
Ways to honour deities or the higher power you believe in include leaving offerings of Autumnal flavours such as apple and pumpkin spice or an autumnal craft/art project, writing and speaking to your Deities/God's/The Universe, lighting candles and connecting via meditation and grounding.
Autumn Equinox Activities
- Candy Apple Crafts
What better way to see in the season than with creative candy apples, you could even have a candy apple decorating competition and make a tradition out of it.
2. Midday Meditation
What a better time for midday meditation than right in the middle of this magical day?
Go into your garden with your family and meditate together. Or take yourself off somewhere to meditate alone after a fabulous morning with stretching and fresh water and a breakfast.
Change Your Centerpiece
3. Change Your Centerpiece
It's time! If you don't already have a centerpiece then shopping for a centerpiece and all the bits and bobs you want for it is a great Autumn Equinox activity too! You can pick up some Autumnal snacks while you're out and create the centerpiece after tea/dinner with your sweet Autumnal snacks and hot drinks, either as a family or alone, both are fun!
Check Your Balance
4. Check Your Balance
This can apply to various areas of your life, take some time to reflect on which areas of your life you'd like to restore balance too. You can probably think of one or two areas in your life you'd like to improve but if not, here's a few examples of questions you could ask yourself:
- Am I happy about my incomings and outgoings financially?
- - What can I do about it?
- Do I spread myself too thin?
- - Is there anything I'm doing that I don't need to be doing?
- Am I happy with the roles in the household?
- - Is it time to discuss changing the "rota" with the rest of the household?
Get a pen and paper to organise your thoughts and plans. Maybe get an Autumn notebook and commit to making a habit out of writing more this Season.
5. Autumn Crafts
This is a great way to introduce young children to the changing of the seasons, while creating crafty masterpieces, you can ask the children about which colours they associate with each season in terms they will understand, teach them that the leaves change and the weather changes and that it's a time of seasonal celebrations and traditions.
Go on Pinterest to find Autumn craft inspiration or ask your kids what they'd like to make to represent Autumn, make a list with them first of things that make them think of Autumn and make them aware of their gratitude for the things on the list and then you can choose which of the things you think you'll be able to make and get stuck in! Maybe they'll turn out so good that you'll display them every Autumn for decades to come.
Change Your Home Decor
6. Change Your Home Decor
If like me, you like to change your home decor according to the Seasons then this is the time to do it, especially if you're short on activities for the actual Equinox. No, September is not too early for pumpkins.
This can be done on a budget, you can splurge of course but this can definitely be done on a budget. You could add things to every room in the house, just one or you could even just change the contents of one shelving unit. Here are some ideas:
- An Autumn welcome mat
- Autumn tea towels
- Autumn art
- Autumn cushion covers
- Autumnal coloured beddings, blankets, throws
- Buntings, wreaths and fairy lights
- Autumnal candles
- Autumn towels
Experience The Transition From Summer To Autumn
7. Go On A Nature Walk
This is also a great way to teach kids about the changing of the seasons but whether you're taking little ones along with your or not, a nature walk on the day of the Autumn Equinox will make for an unforgettable experience.
Maybe you can document this Autumn from day one.
Get out there!
Honour Your Lost Loved Ones
8. Honour Your Lost Loved Ones
The Autumn Equinox is a day to honour ancestors in some cultures and it can be for you too. Rather than having memorials for everyone you have lost on their birthday or on the anniversary of their death, you could have one annual ceremony to honour them all at once.
© 2020 Karla Taylor