There's always Mabon and Samhain to help us celebrate the fall, but what about the in between times? Fall isn't all pumpkin spice and corn - it’s also about the spiritual seasons of love and loss. The in between times. Fall is over but it doesn't feel like winter yet. It's the perfect time to take a step back and be grateful for what you have this year, do some self-care, create some simple spells, and get ready for the holidays.
I love fall because of all of the fun things that happen during these months- pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin carving with friends, football season starting up again. But the gloom of the impending winter always seems to find me. So, here are a few ideas for addressing the true meaning of autumn in your spiritual practice.
1. Get Rid Of The Things That No Longer Serve You With These Simple Spells
Part of the fall is, you know - the fall. The fall of things that no longer serve you. Decluttering your life and your house should be a priority every autumn, because it will help you reach a new level of calm for the winter months. Marie Kondo reignited a fire of anti-consumerism across the world, but you can cultivate that spirit right in your own home, with or without her nifty little system.
To craft a spell for getting rid of things that no longer serve you, we'll need to think about how we can represent letting things go. A great way to let things go - and put your intentions into the world - is either with fire or water. You can do this spell with access to either. Or, you can get creative and do it in your own way.
Simple Spells For Letting Go
In a quiet space, consider your life and gratitude. What are you grateful for? What are you blessed with an overabundance of? Hold these images in your mind's eye. If you plan to use fire, write down three things that you'd like to let go of on a small piece of paper. If you're using water, think of those three things, and speak them aloud while holding a feather or leaf. Charge the object with this prayer,
"Goddess of fall, autumn lady,
Help me find my way
By letting go of the excess
And releasing my cluttered day."
When you're ready to let go, release the object. For fire, burn it (safely). For water, let it go in running water like a creek, stream, or waterfall.
2. Simple Spells: Charge your athame with autumn moonlight
We all know that Samhain is the time of the gods. It is the time when the veil between the worlds is thinnest. We can reach our ancestors more easily. We find magick more readily in our lives. In other words, this is the perfect time to charge our tools for the year.
Charging your tools is simple. It's really just about exposing your tools to whatever energy you want them to absorb. Most folks choose the moon because it is full of goddess energy, magick, and just a touch of mystique. That's what we'll go through here - how to charge your athame with autumn moonlight.
The truth is that you don't have to do anything special. You can just leave your athame out in the full moon and it will absorb the energy just fine. However, many of us make a special time of it, because where attention goes, energy flows. Even simple spells for charging an athame can increase the power you'll feel in your blade.
Simple Spells For Charging Your Tools
For the simplest spell, just recite a small prayer as you lay your tool out somewhere safe in the moonlight. If you're at a loss for words, consider the charge of the goddess:
Hear ye the Words of the Star Goddess: She in the Dust of Whose Feet are the Hosts of Heaven, Whose Body encircleth the Universe. I, Who am the Beauty of the Green Earth, and the White Moon amongst the Stars, and the Mystery of the Waters, and the Desire of the heart of man, I call unto thy soul: “Arise! And come unto Me!” For I am the Soul of Nature, Who giveth Life to the Universe: from Me all things proceed, and unto Me all things must return. And before My Face, which is beloved of gods and men, thine innermost Divine Self shall be enfolded in the Rapture of the Infinite.Doreen Valiente, The Charge of the Goddess
Then leave your tool until morning light. Boom! Charged.
3. Celebrate The Chaos Of Change In Your Life
There are tons of quotes about change. Like, "The only thing certain in life is change." and, "The only things certain in life are death and taxes." Both of these are accurate, and nothing says change in our lives quite like autumn. For example, the brilliant reds of maples and yellows of birch. New school, new football season, and letting things go as we watch our flowers die.
Change is the only guarantee in life, so why not celebrate it? Kick back and show the world you're not afraid of the change that the western winds bring.
Simple Spells For Welcoming Change
For this spell, you'll need something that changes color. You could use a mood ring, food coloring, paint, or even ripe fruit (and oxidation). You'll set it up so it's ready to change, and then as you create the change, recite,
"Change is good,
It hurts us none,
We'd be no fun."
Then, let the change happen. If you're using fruit (oxidation) - it might take a while. Just come back at different intervals and observe, and most importantly - have fun. The goal is to take away the pain of change and replace it with joy in the change of life.
Come back to this spell whenever you're feeling a little intimated by changes in your life. And of course - change the spell a little every time!
We hope you've enjoyed these three special ways to welcome the autumn season! What are your favorite fall funsies? Share in the comments below!