Autumn Rituals for the Spiritual Seeker, Activist, Community Builder and Free Spirit

Autumn Rituals for the Spiritual Seeker, Activist, Community Builder and Free Spirit

September 22, 2018  •  Cycles & Flow


Autumn is, hands-down, my favourite time of year. 🙌🏾

I don’t know if it’s because I’m an introvert, was gifted a pretty “earthy” energy and constitution, or was named after the Greek goddess of harvest and fertility herself, but I am in LOVE with this season. 

I love the weather, the colours, the energy, the vibrations—and I especially love being able to rock a good scarf around my neck.

For those of us living in the Northern Hemisphere, today, we celebrate the Fall Equinox. (Mabon for all my witchy healers and medicine women.) Scientifically, the equinox is the time when we experience equal amounts of daylight and night. Spiritually, it’s a time of balance, harmony, unity and equality. 

For the Spiritual Seeker…

This is the season of gratitude; giving thanks for all the abundance and prosperity that you have cultivated since Spring. Set aside some time this season to honour all that you have accomplished this year and reflect on/reassess the situations that didn’t quite turn out as you hoped they would. Consider: What might you do differently next time? 

Autumn is also a time of embracing ritual—anything that restores balance to the mind, body, and spirit. As we usher in this new season, we begin our descent into darkness. The nights will get longer. The weather will feel cooler. Our energy will turn inwards. All of this makes it the perfect time to engage in rituals for letting go, reduction and endings of all kinds. Anything you wish to eliminate from your life now (i.e., bad habits, self-destructive patterns, limiting beliefs) can be done during this season.

As spiritual seekers, we must also be conscious of how much outer stimulation we are receiving and balance it out with a strong inward focus. The question we grapple with this season becomes: how do I remain an active part of this world and at the same time ensure I am prioritizing self-nourishment everyday so I don’t burnout? (I’m still working on this one.)

For the Activist…

Autumn serves as a reminder to balance the inner and outer activist within each and every single one of us. In other words, remember to practice in private what you preach in public because if we have any hope of disrupting, subverting and dismantling corrupt power structures and systems of oppression, we must begin with ourselves.

Liberation begins at the intersection of spirituality and social justice. Traditionally, these two concepts have been pitted against each other, but I believe that in order to evolve, we must embrace an activism with soul.

I’m also going to suggest that you focus your creative energy and attention on innovating solutions rather than spending all your time on reacting to problems. (I know, but hear me out.)

There is so much going on in the world—locally and globally—and as activists I know we can sometimes feel like it’s our responsibility to respond to everything. Responding is important (and we should continue doing it) but we also have to make sure that we’re maintaining a balance. Responding and reacting tends to deplete energy whereas innovating, creating, imagining, and dreaming tends to build it. Therefore, this season, make sure that you’re spending just as much time focused on generating, proposing, and communicating solutions as you are on reacting and responding to problems.

Finally, if your activism is also your livelihood, please spend some time exploring the balance between self-care and work. If you tend to burnout or spend the majority of your day working, balance might look like changing the way you work and/or taking some time off and spending the majority of your day self-nourishing until you feel like you can maintain some sort of balance. 

For The Community Builder…

Autumn is your opportunity to balance solitude with socializing.

For those of you who celebrate the holidays in this quarter of the year, and enjoy gathering, entertaining, and taking care of family and friends, remember to nurture yourself as much as you nurture others. 

In one of my favourite books, All About Love, bell hooks writes, “But many of us seek community solely to escape the fear of being alone. Knowing how to be solitary is central to the art of loving. When we can be alone, we can be with others without using them as a means of escape.” 

Make solitude a ritual this season. Discover new things about yourself. Consider: Who are you when you aren’t around others? What can you learn about yourself being alone, that you can’t when you’re around other people? 

For The Free Spirit...

Just like the trees shed their leaves this season, your task is to let go and release what needs to be released so you can be free. Free from limitations, bad habits, unhealthy relationships, fear, victimhood…everything.

Ask yourself: What am I prepared to do to shed the weight of that which needs to be released? How can I ensure that I’m releasing on all levels—physical, mental, and energetic? 

You might also want to explore the balance between freedom and being tethered. Freedom can sometimes manifest as this really airy, flighty quality that can’t be contained no matter how hard you try. However, sometimes being contained or grounded is just as important (and necessary) for our healing and evolution. Play with this polarity and find your balance this season. 

Now, I’d love to hear from you. 😊

What polarity are you most interested in exploring and finding balance with this season?  

Share your answer in the comments section below. 👇🏾


I'm Demetria — Author, Women’s Liberation Coach & Kundalini Yoga & Meditation Teacher for soulful women carving unconventional paths to liberation at the intersection of spirituality and social justice.

I run an inspiring, freedom-focused online community of soulful, sovereign, justice-driven women called The Aquarian Woman Freedom School. Our purpose? To disrupt, subvert and dismantle traditional power structures by first exploring how they manifest in our own lives.

We’re open a few times per year and we’d love to have you join us!


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