Projects for the Fall 2016

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Autumn is finally here. The weather is starting to get cooler and more rainy, little patches of red can be seen amongst the vastness of the Grand Valley Ravines, and the sense of change and that darker part of the year can be felt in the air.

The autumn is quite literally my favorite part of the year, partly because my inner goth-kid/tormented-soul-artist loves the gloomy weather, and partly because of the deep spiritual lessons that can be learned during this season. It is a season of transformation, of vibrant expression, of death, release, reaching inward to those places that are in need of healing, in need of communication, in need of acknowledgement. It’s the deep, raw, shadow-work-y part of the year, and often where I get the most done in terms of my personal practice. Whereas summer is a vibrant, busy, explorative and creative time, autumn is like the phoenix song: a blazing, meaningful, time of the year where the biggest and baddest of the magical stuff gets done for me.

This year, I’ve tried to organize the chaos that usually ensues a bit, and I’ve narrowed a focus for what it is I actually want to work on through this period. My monthly tarot readings on the Full Moons will continue through this time, as will my normal blog updates and YouTube postings. However, I also plan to have one or two special projects going along the way as well.

autumn-wylde-huntThe first of these projects is what I’m calling “The Autumn Wylde Hunt Challenge”.  Basically, from the Full Moon this month until the Full Moon in October. For that period, I’m going to be focusing heavily on The Hunt, its place in my practice, how I relate to it at this time of the year, etc. etc. My posts during that time will be (for the most part) about these topics. They’ll be personal gnosis, folklore, history, poetry written by me, etc. I’m also making it a goal during this challenge to take a walk in the woods each Friday afternoon. I’m going to try and come up with a specific aspect of the Wylde Hunt to focus on for each of those walks- and do some blog/vlog reflections on them once they’ve been completed. I think it will really help me to cement my practice involving them, and figure out things that do/don’t work.

And of course, the October New Moon is just before Samhain. So, my second project (it’s still in the works in my head right now) is to utilize the waning moon energy, between the October Full Moon (10/16/16), and New Moon (10/30/16), to really play into that descent towards Samhain. More on this will come as it gets closer to that time.

I’m also debating (from a completely non-witchy standpoint) picking up on Inktober this year, and trying to do daily ink drawings throughout the month of October should I find the time to do so. Maybe I can tie it together with my shadow work plans and my Wylde Hunt challenge. 😉

At any rate, there’s lots coming up that I’m hoping to accomplish this fall, and I can’t wait to share it with you all.

Blessings,
Rachel

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6 thoughts on “Projects for the Fall 2016

  1. M.A. Rivera says:

    Sounds like great stuff in the works! Autumn (and then Winter) is my favorite season. It’s been getting cooler here (although, it went up again this week) and I’m just looking forward to more comfortable days and all that Autumn has to offer. Blessings.

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    • patchworkcrow says:

      I’m really looking forward to the colder months! It’s the last fall/winter I’ll be spending entirely in my home state (Michigan) for quite some time, as I’m moving to Florida after graduation. I’ve gotta make the most of this year!

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      • M.A. Rivera says:

        I’ve lived in New York my whole life minus three years I lived in Florida with my older brother. It was okay for me. I’m not really a beach-person or very social and such and the nearly perpetual Summer just didn’t suit me (I say ‘nearly perpetual’ cause sometimes it can get pretty cold during the Winter months). When I returned to New York (during Winter at that) I felt so good so I can totally relate to you making the most of your home state before going off to Florida! Many blessings.

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      • patchworkcrow says:

        It will definitely be a challenge, but I’m looking forward to giving it a go! But I’m with you: beaches and lots of people and heat? Not my thing! I’m gonna miss the snow and the autumn leaves.

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