Seasonal Living

scenic photo of forest with sunlight

A lot of it is about nostalgia. Remembering what traditions we had when we were young, how we celebrated the seasons and the coming holidays.

Seasonal living is all about living in sacred connection with the Earth. Like ourselves, the Earth has cycles of growth and rest, over and over. To align our own cycles with the Earth, we are forming a connection with all living things and reliving the patterns of our ancestors.

It does not have to be complicated. Take cues from the land around you. One thing I will say is if you do not live in an area that experiences all four seasons, that is perfectly okay! You can choose to follow the seasons of another place, or stay with what the land you are inhabiting is doing. Either way, you are experiencing earth based, seasonal living.

green grass field and green tress during day time
Here are some tips to get started:

-If you have been in your area for awhile, you already know roughly where the seasons start to shift. Watch for those signs (ie. first emergence of sprouts, longer days, leaves falling, first cold front), and follow that.

-If you are new to an area, you can ask around or just watch and keep track of what is happening. For example, I have been in Tennessee for many years so I know roughly when Autumn tends to start here. Well this year, because it was so hot in August, the leaves started to fall early from the heat stress. To newcomers, they may think autumn starts in August here. So learning the natural cycles of your area is very important.

-Already have in mind what things in your life you will start to shift first. For example, learn to identify the spring greens ahead of time so you recognize them when they pop up. Then you can harvest them and get started on your detoxification from winter. Have some favorite recipes in mind to utilize that spring freshness.

-Research what traditions your ancestors or the indigenous people of the land you reside on had during each season. Most if not all of ancient holidays and traditions revolved around the earth: planting the crops, the sun, when they harvest, the moon cycles. It is all nature based. Just because you don’t grow your own food doesn’t mean you still can’t find a way to honor that time. You may find something that truly resonates with you and it could be a new family tradition.

-Get outside! You cannot notice the subtle changes from inside. Notice when certain plants bloom, when the bugs become more noticeable, when the mornings become cooler, when you start to see more animals and when they start to retreat. Everything is a clue as to what is going on in nature. Watch, listen, and follow her wisdom.

Now, let’s talk about the energetic differences of the seasons. I already mentioned it briefly. The natural cycle of the Earth is growth and rest. It can be expanded to external growth and internal growth.

selective focus photo of blue and white flowers field

External growth: Spring & Summer

Physically the plants are growing up and out of the earth. This is where all of the energy is going. That is when you would want to harvest the external parts of the plants because that is where the most vitality is located.
The sun is shining. The days are warmer and longer. In spring, there is a lot of rain so the plants are growing rapidly.

For holidays and festivals we have (to name a few): Easter/Ostara/Spring Equinox, Beltane, Lughnasadh/Lammas, Midsummer/Summer Solstice/Litha. If you look into these holidays/festivals, you will see majority of them revolve around the earth cycles and nature.

This is a time of growth and action. For ourselves, we can take these seasons to put our goals to work. Start our new projects, show the world what we have to offer, and burst forth with the renewed energy.

scenic view of snow capped mountain during daytime

Internal growth: Autumn & Winter

Physically the above ground parts of the plants are dying back, but the roots are growing strong. The energy has been redirected to the below ground parts so this is the time to harvest roots.
The days are cooler and shorter, we get less rain, and we see less wildlife.

For holidays and festivals we have (to name a few): Mabon/mid autumn/Autumn Equinox, Samhain, Yule/Christmas, Imbolc. If you look into these holidays/festivals, you will see majority of them revolve around the earth cycles and nature.

This is a time of reflection and rest. We can take these seasons to reevaluate our goals and plans from earlier. This is the time where we plan, we draw into ourselves, and see if anything needs to change.

A great place to start with living seasonally is through the holidays and festivals. Even if you don’t grow your own food, there are ways to celebrate the Sun, the Earth, and your ancestors. Take a look at the ones above and find what resonates with you. My personal favorites are Midsummer and Samhain.

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