I love the month of September, a month of new beginnings for so many of us – for my Orthodox Christian friends, it is the beginning of the liturgical year; for many of us in America it marks Labor Day and the unofficial end of summer and beginning of fall, and for many it is the beginning of a new school year.
Fall is my favorite season, and I love the smells of fall, smoke from a good bonfire, crunching leaves, the snapping of twigs when we walk through the woods or on the farm, the delicious foods associated with fall harvest. There is a beautiful poem in the book “All Year Round” on page 129 that could make a particularly lovely blessing for this time of year:
Thanks to our mother, the earth, which sustains us;
Thanks to the rivers and streams and their water;
Thanks to the corn and the grain fields that feed us;
Thanks to the herbs which protect us from illness;
Thanks to the bushes and trees and their fruiting;
Thanks to the moon and the stars in the darkness;
Thanks to the sun and his eye that looks earthward;
Thank the Great Spirit for all of his goodness.
Adapted from an Iroquois Indian address of thanksgiving
I am thinking a lot about harvest, apples, and acorns. Apples are big in my state toward the midpoint of this month, and I have many “apple” things planned for our kindergarten aged child – apple prints, cooking with apples, baking apple bread, making dried apples, apple picking. I also have ideas about leaves. In the book “Mrs. Sharp’s Traditions”, an idea is suggested for a “Maple Leaf and Nutting Party”, which we can do here more in October or toward the end of this month. Tree and leaf rubbings, leaf prints, collecting leaves and dipping them in glycerin are all fun seasonal things to do this month.
This is also the month that ends in the Feast Day of St. Michael and All Angels, known in the Waldorf tradition as Michaelmas Continue reading