Here in the northern hemisphere, it is the last day of summer. Tomorrow ushers in the season of autumn.
forecast, and for days now the air has been cooling, the flowers fading, and the leaves beginning to turn.
I spent the past weekend with friends at Pelican Lake RV Resort, where there were some very poignant signs of this time of transition and loss; this time of transformation.
I share this evening images of these signs of change, along with the words of Cliff Séruntine on the deeper significance – the magic and mystery – of this change.
September: Time of the darkening equinox, the balance between sun and shadow. Full of the magic of change – not always a comfortable magic. Its twilight empties the heart of its mortal dream. Yet, September is not a bleak month, but a time of transformation. There is no dream as fair as the host rushing “twixt night and day,” a symbol of the continuance of life in the Otherworld. This is the Celtic spiral of life – death and rebirth. This balance . . . it is the mystery of [this] time.
– Cliff Séruntine
See also the previous Wild Reed posts:
• Pelican Lake (2021)
• Pelican Lake (2016)
• Late Summer Blooms
• Autumn Rose
• Photo of the Day – September 22, 2016
• Autumn: Season of Transformation and Surrender
• O Sacred Season of Autumn
• The Landscape Is a Mirror
Images: Michael J. Bayly and Angela Hanson Shores.