Can you feel it?
This time of year is often referred to as the dog days of summer. These are those hot and sleepy days that begin sometime in mid August. The reference to the dog is actually to Sirius the “dog star” that makes its appearance this time of year.
This star is quite bright and has been used to mark time and for navigational purposes throughout history. Nature has always offered guidance for humans who were open to listening.
Even with the heat of these last weeks of Summer, I can smell Autumn in the air. The dry grasses and the first subtle signs of dying leaves are heightened by the sun. Harvests have begun and even as I type this to you my house is full of the scent of drying apples in my dehydrator (thank you Gravenstein windfalls for your bounty!)
Kiddos are making their way back to school and the last vacations of Summer are being planned or are already in progress.
In the past few weeks I have been making some much needed forays deeper into nature and remembering this end of Summer shift, in the land outside of my concrete and asphalt neighborhood and my small plot of land around my house.
When surrounded by the space of nature the promise of Fall amplifies. The familiar plants and trees I gaze at each day mark the time in one way, yet when that view expands, the seasonal shift intensifies and offers a deeper connection to the rhythm of the earth.
What are you noticing where you live?
What is dying away? What is being harvested? What is the wildlife doing to prepare themselves for the coming change?
Or perhaps you live someplace where the seasons turn subtly, where the bleeding of Summer into Fall is not so obvious.
Yet even when this is true, there is still a shifting of energy.
No matter where you live, as time passes the natural world around you will reflect this in one way or another.
So will your inner world.
This is part of your magic.
How are you connected to the natural world?
What is happening within you as you move through the cycles of the seasons?
Discovering what parts of the year increase or decrease your energy, influence your creativity, invite you to reflect or to bring your focus outward are all parts of discovering your own energetic ebb and flow.
When you make the connection between these and the seasons, you are finding the pathways to deepen your own magic.
If you know that your energy increases during a certain season, you can use this to plan manifestation magic during this time.
If you find a certain time of year feeds your creativity, this is a great time to craft magical tools and create incantations.
Part of Witchery is working with the natural world around you.
I invite you to get outside and reflect on your relationship to the seasons.
You might be surprised by what you discover.
Emily Morrison MA, MFT