As we move from Summer to Autumn north of the Equator (and from Winter to Spring in the Southern Hemisphere), Mama Earth’s energy is shifting…. as is ours.
At the Summer Solstice, Father Sun’s Yin energy is at its peak and at the Winter Solstice, it’s at its lowest…. Yang energy takes dominance. At the Spring and Summer equinoxes, those energies are in equal balance.
So it’s important to not just entrain with the natural energy of the Earth’s seasons, but to connect to our own bodies, to our own energies and listen to what they need. Over time, you will notice that your energy and Mama Earth’s energy synchronize in both subtle and not-so-subtle ways❤️
In the words of Robin Rose Bennett (writer, green witch, herbalist, wisewoman):
“Bodies always tell the truth. They give us hints of how to listen for it, and to recognize it when we hear or see it.”
For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, our energy is starting to draw down and inward at this time of year … we are moving indoors, into perhaps staler air (keep those windows open as long as you can!) and heated environments. We wear more clothing, bundling up against the cold… perhaps constrained by our wrapped layers.
For those of us in the Southern Hemisphere, our energy is rising up and outward… moving away from the shut-in still / stale energy of Winter towards the more vibrant energy of Spring…and shaking off the recirculated air, the cold and flu bugs and more. We start to wear looser and cooler clothing, unconstrained.
So no matter where you are, the equinoxes are a great time for energy cleansing and balancing, and for tuning into your body for what it needs both now and in the coming seasonal shift.
For me, living in the Northern Hemisphere, this is the time I start looking at building my immunity even more, to stave off and avoid winter coughs, colds, bronchial flu, etc… taking more Vitamin C and D, plus herbs that work for my body (astragalus, plus herbal infusions and teas, etc) and cooking up my favourite immunity-boosting soup.
And I start making my winter herbal medicines — foraging, harvesting and drying local herbs; prepping tinctures and bitters; making herbal cough syrups and honeys (just in case!) and making salves for winter dry skin.
Herbalist Susun Weed recommends these Fall Herbal Infusion Tonics to help you ward off winter ailments: nettle, oat straw, red clover, comfrey leaf, linden flower or violet leaf.
🌿 Choose ONE herb from the list and weigh out one full ounce (approx. 28 grams) by weight
🌿 Add to a one-quart (one-litre) mason jar
🌿 Fill jar with boiling water, and screw the lid on tightly
🌿 Steep overnight, or for a minimum of four hours
Strain and drink the infusion throughout the day. Some like their infusions cold, and others like them gently warmed up… And some even add a little lemon or honey🌞