"In autumn we gather" was a saying I came up with to hang over our small gathering place tucked into our redwood laden garden the evening of the Autumn Equinox. Like the leaves that fall to the earth, we put another season to rest, and autumn has arrived. This is the time we need to step back and reflect upon the energy that is stirring in us, old and new. This is the time we should be laying to rest our worries that have been collecting dust in our hearts, sweep away the piles of burden we have hidden in the shadowy corners of our souls, and carry on to a new season of life.
Collect and reflect on all the accomplishments you have made this year so far. We should allow ourselves to become bare like the trees, to open up the most vulnerable doors inside of us so that subtle autumn light can fill in all the crevices and inspire us to connect deeper with the universe, with ourselves and all that exists around us, and allow the chilling winds stir new life in our souls, as it does the tree leaves in the forest.
This is the perfect time to gather with people dear to you, to cook home made meals, dine under candle light and tell stories under the stars. Respect local harvest and shop locally for food that was labored over with love.
A few of our closest people make the trek out to our forest home, and we are forever grateful. The candle's light shimmered like twinkling stars, laughter filled the forest and memories were made.
I knew I wanted to host a gathering far before autumn came, but I wanted to do it on a budget. All my dishware was thrifted, down to my beautiful sterling silver trays, serving dishes and goblets. There are always hidden gems at the second hand. I DIY the sign from a huge piece of cloth I bought for 5 dollars at the fabric store and Free hand painted the words on. The napkins were made from that fabric as well, tied off with leather chord. I collected huge candles, ghostly little pumpkins and picked moss off forest trees and it made for the perfect atmosphere. Everyone contributed to a dish and it came out beautifully. This is a new tradition that we are looking forward to continuing on for years to come.
May this inspire you to gather, reflect and renew.
I have always been drawn to the raw, the grit and the wild bits of life and I try to harness all that lies deep within me to portray just that, and I encourage others to seek after those traits within themselves as well. Close friends liken me unto the ocean because I'm always shifting, and moving and I am ruled by the moon. My tribe name is Low Cloud, because I am always dancing on mountain tops. I'm a little bit too daring at times, but my scars always remind me that I'm alive. I dwell within the redwood forest lining the ocean cliffs just south of San Francisco in a tiny cabin with my forever love I've know since age 5, and my cat Metheuselah. I am a creator, a visual story teller, and a wanderer.