Leaves and Veins
Autumn leaves blood red
Hum river song in our veins
Hot tea warms fingers
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Autumn leaves blood red
Hum river song in our veins
Hot tea warms fingers
Fall is here.
Slipping past the autumnal equinox, we now march headlong into cooler weather, sweaters and steaming cups of coffee.
Or, do you call it Autumn?
Why does this time of year have two names whilst the other seasons have only one?
Before we had either Fall or Autumn, the season was called Harvest in England. This came from the Old Norse word haust, meaning to gather or pluck. However, in the 1600s, when more people moved into the cities, it fell out of favor. People no longer worked in the fields with the earth's rhythm of gathering the harvest.
In the 1540s, people started to use the poetic phrase Fall of the Leaf, referring to the falling leaves that they could see around them, even in the city.
How lovely it would be to hear someone call out, "Aye, Fall of the Leaf is upon us and I best get busy knitting you that new scarf."
Over time, Fall of the Leaf was shortened to just one word, Fall. Use of the word Fall became popular in the 17th century and traveled over to North America with emigrating pilgrims.
By the 16th century, the French exerted their influence with the word autumn, derived from the Old French – l'autompne. This, in turn, came from the Latin autumnus, which meant autumn.
Although Fall had its beginnings in England, the word Autumn took hold there in the 17th century and today the British primarily use the word Autumn. Fall is now used mostly in the United States.
However, some British have a bit of word-envy. The Fowler Brothers who wrote the book The King's English in 1906 had this to say about the word Fall:
Spring actually had another name in the 12th and 13th centuries. In Old English it was known as Lencten, meaning Spring, which derived from Anglo-Saxon. In Middle English, spring was called Lent or Lenten.
In the Christian Church, Lent refers to the period of abstinence that was preparatory for the celebration of Easter. Lent, which originally meant spring, was gradually confined to this liturgical use.
By the 14th century, the season of spring became the Springing Time. In the 15th century, it became Spring-Time and eventually was shortened even more to Spring.
Summer and winter don't seem to have many other names. Summer came from the Old English name, sumor. Winter derives from the Proto-Germanic word wentruz and this word, winter, has remained over time.
Lest the other seasons feel left out, I took it upon myself to create my own secondary names for winter, spring and summer. Like Fall and Spring, which are both a noun and a verb, I chose words that reflected a state of being and doing.
Winter – Burrow
Burrow – We burrow within the fallen leaves and plant our acorns and nuts to sustain us through the coming cold. We burrow into our sweaters and under our quilts.
Spring – Lift
Lift – the plants lift out of the earth. And we lift ourselves up after being huddled in the cold, and out of the darkness.
Summer – Shine
Shine – the sun shines in full, bringing its life-giving light to one and all. Our produce shines with freshness. Our brows shine in the heat of the season.
These words have no historical background and originate only from my imagination.
What names would you give the seasons?
As we delve into the richness of the Autumn harvest and celebrate the dropping leaves of Fall, which word do you use most to describe the season?
Fall or Autumn?
Fall has its own set of colors that fill our senses along with the smell of cool air and the sight of falling leaves.
It is a season that inspires us to turn within ourselves as we prepare for the darkness of winter and the task of keeping the flame burning bright. We tender the light so that we may make it through the dark, long nights and find our way back into the growing light of spring.
Colors of autumn tend to be red, yellow and gold, orange and brown. Warm colors that wrap around us and comfort us during the cooler days and nights. I find the colors of fall begin to exert their influence on me as the temperatures fall.
When I lived in Germany, where cool temperatures in fall are prominent, I noticed my blue sweaters didn't feel right in October. I had an urge to wrap myself in the rich colors of the earth as I moved through grey days and cold nights. It was as if I needed to apply color therapy to my clothes, so I could settle into my autumnal surroundings.
When I lived in Northern California, I was impatient for the cooler temperatures of fall which come much later in the year than in Germany. It's not until mid-November that the trees start to show their reds and yellows and mornings have that familiar chill.
It used to be that fashion etiquette dictated when we could wear certain colors. For example, white was not to be worn before Easter or after Labor Day. Pastels were not appropriate for fall or winter.
Nowadays, those restrictions seem to have disappeared into archaic dictates of the past. But perhaps there was some deeper meaning? Or was it simply a fashion style?
Do you find you sometimes need to shift the colors you are wearing based on the season?
The holidays of fall have their own colors. Halloween emphasizes the colors orange and black and this is seen in the many pumpkins and gourds.
Thanksgiving colors are rich with the red of cranberries, the orange of pumpkin pies, the brown finish on our rolls and turkey skins and the yellow of our butternut squash.
Traditional colors for Christmas are the ripe red of holly berries and the primary green of our Christmas trees.
As we move through the seasons, take a moment to notice if the colors have an affect on you.
You can combine your use of The Radiance Technique® (TRT®) and your awareness of colors and how they influence you. As you purchase clothing, you can use your TRT® hands-on to connect with a fabric or color, for example, in Front Position #1 or Head Position #1.
You can also apply your TRT® hands-on when you are in nature and observe the colors around you, no matter the season. It supports you to be in the moment and to be aware of your interaction with it.
Are you seeing the vibration that is within the colors? Placing a hand in your heart is helpful to expand your vision on all levels.
I used to say I have a favorite color. Now, I've come to realize that my color preferences change in the moment, depending on the season.
Do you have favorite shades and hues that reflect the season you're in?
For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, it's time to welcome the fall equinox. We bid adieu to our summer harvest with its abundance of fruits and vegetables. Hot, lazy days become a thing of the past.
It's time to wave goodbye to our early morning light and long evenings of daylight. We prepare ourselves to wake up in the dark for work. Somehow it seems terribly uncivilized to have to get up before even the sun has agreed to do so.
While we miss the longer days and abundance of the farmers market, the cooler weather is welcomed as we snuggle into chunky sweaters. It's time to tuck into a big chair with a steaming cup of cinnamon-flavored tea. Time to enjoy the nip in the air as we warm our fingers on hot cups of coffee.
Activities take on a slow, bossa nova rhythm – a softer, more contemplative beat. Now we linger as we stroll on a path of falling leaves. Armed with a good book, we tuck ourselves into a corner of the couch. No need to feel guilty about it.
Lots of holidays tumble into fall for our pleasurable participation. Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Hallowe'en, and Thanksgiving, just to name a few.
Pumpkins are everywhere. Jack o'lanterns, pumpkin pies and desserts, and gourds of all sizes populate our decorations. What's your favorite fall holiday?
As we turn up our collars to rainy, foggy days of grey and the chill of longer nights, the fall equinox reminds us of the balance of light and dark in our own lives. With The Radiance Technique® (TRT®), we nurture our inner flame with ongoing use of TRT® hands-on and meditations.
Keep your inner flame burning bright.
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