September is the month of transformation—the time of year where we embrace change, thanks to the Autumn Equinox, where we begin to see the leaves transform, the weather and climate change and we begin a new cycle of life, both for our crops and for ourselves.
The Fall has always been my favorite season—the colors alone make me swoon—but the visual reminder of our impermanence, here in this world, is the most important lesson I find in the changing of seasons. The Fall season may seem dark and full of death and decay for some, but it also means that there is new life just around the corner. As we harvest our crops and prepare to bundle up for the colder seasons, the seeds of harvest must die in order for future crops to be born. Many Equinox ceremonies and celebrations often utilize seeds, wheat and barley to aid in this symbolic celebration of life, death and renewal. The Equinox only happens twice a year, in Spring and in Autumn, when night and day are nearly equal in length, when the sun crosses the equator.
A big part of ringing in the new Fall season is letting go of the summer. This is a popular time of year to personally try and let go, give up, renounce or relinquish—these things are liberating, freeing qualities and they carry love and openness deep at their core, though they can be difficult. Let’s not harp on the challenges we’ve encountered in our struggle to decriminalize, legalize and love cannabis, let’s focus on the possibility for growth and change in our future. Lose the expectations, ditch the grudges, get rid of that fear and let go. Only by letting go, can we be open and welcome to change and transformation within ourselves.
Our lives here on Earth are very temporary, and our mortality is not something we forget very easily, but it is made apparent in the Autumn transition, and helps remind us of our impermanence. It’s the reason we love freshly bloomed flowers, getting a hug from a small child and watching sunsets—these things are impermanent, but beautiful and worthy of our adoration nonetheless.
In the same way that we value amazing fleeting moments during this important transitional time of year, let’s not forget what comes after the harvest—new birth, new growth, new life.
To new life,
Evan A. Senn