Magic of the Month
Although I absolutely love the long warm summer days, September is one of my favourite months. As the landscape changes from scenes of green, to the warmer tones of pinks, reds and oranges, this first month of Autumn is a time of new beginnings, a new season with the chance to set new intentions.
September is the month of the zodiac sign Virgo, which is connected to the element of Earth.
When we look at the earth element within our yoga practice, we often connect to a grounding energy. Meditation and calming, centring postures which connect us to the earth beneath us feature in asana practice - poses which make us feel strong like mountains and rooted like trees. The earth supports us and also energises us.
The Muladhara chakra (root Chakra), is the first of all the seven chakras. Often seen as the most important chakra, it is our foundation and is positioned at the base of the spine. The Muladhara offers us stability, support, and our primal survival needs. When balanced we feel safe, secure, confident, strong and grounded.
Working with seated postures and also grounding poses like Tadasana, Sukasana and Balasana can help to bring balance to this chakra.
The full moon in September will fall on the 2nd and is often referred to as the Harvest moon when it is closest to the Autumn equinox. However, this year the Harvest moon this year falls at the beginning of October so the full moon in September is the Corn moon.
This moon is known to be astronomically unique because the time between each moonrise around this period becomes shorter. In a lunar month (the time between two full moons), the moon rises 50 minutes later each day. Around the Harvest Moon, the time difference between two consecutive moonrises decreases to less than 50 minutes for a few days.
The new moon in Virgo will fall on the 17th and astrologers believe this is a time for fresh starts, especially around health and organisation.
As we move throughout September we enter the Autumnal equinox. This year the equinox will fall on the 22nd of September, where the sun will be at it's closest distance from the equator. Day and night will be of equal length. On the Northern hemisphere we are shifting into Autumn and on the Southern hemisphere they are moving into spring. At this point earths two hemispheres are receiving an equal amount of light from the sun.
As the summer months draw to a close, the official beginning of Autumn brings a new season, a new energy, and a new beginning!
"On warm Autumn mornings, tiny money spiders climb to the top of the hedge row, spin a line and let it catch the gentle breeze, then lift off to fresh territories". Lia Leendertz, The Almanac.