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Goddess in Autumn

I think that autumn is truly becoming my favorite season. In my realm of the northern hemisphere winter predominates for six months, from mid November to mid May, bringing ice, snow and cold. Spring bulbs often get nipped by a late, last frost and tender perennials wilt in the cold nights of early September.




Yet, every so often we are blessed with an autumn such as this year’s. This is what I’m talking about when I say I’d gladly trade a month or two of early winter for a lengthier fall transition.I suspect it is a fitting analogy to my stage of life as well. I would much rather linger in this sweet spot of relative health—physical and mental firmity—than slide too soon into a lengthy old age.

For now, I am living in the moment, enjoying the rarity of fall days with temperatures to rival summer’s best, minus the humidity. I am drinking in the beauty of deep orange, red, purple and gold with which Gaia has dressed her hair. I am relaxing in the misty morning sunrises and rosey hued sunsets.






Goddess comes to me in many ways through nature, but it seems never so much as this time of year, when she reigns over her farewell celebration before retreating to the underworld where she awaits the birth of the God. For the next half of my year, she will show me only a cold and somber face. She will urge me to turn inward, to stay sheltered, to conserve my energy.




This year, for now, she is holding court in all of her autumn finery and I am, gratefully, a guest at her table.

Gaia Bless.




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JudithAnn (aka the MAD Goddess) practices the  Old Craft tradition and magical arts of hearth and home.  Through  her writing and art, she encourages women in mid-life and beyond to  embrace their wildest dreams and live the second half of life with  purpose, passion and pizzazz. For those who need a little nudge, she  offers workshops in personal development and life path guidance  using journaling and art for creative self expression.


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