As we enter into the Fall season, we are accompanied by two astrological events. September 22nd is the Fall equinox which is closely followed by a Harvest Moon on September 24th.
The equinox and harvest moon are events we see on the calendar each year but most people don’t pay much attention to. The ancients, however, used these types of events to live by with their farming, celebrations, and rituals. They also used them for inner reflection and spiritual growth. These types of events are perfect little reminders of how we can reconnect and reflect with God and check in with ourselves.
The fall equinox used to be a celebration to honor the change of seasons. It is also a representation of the change of seasons we go through in our lives. The fall equinox represents the end of a cycle. We see this in the form of Fall and the changing of seasons. This time period however, it not only about the ending of a cycle because we are also accompanied by a Harvest moon.
The Harvest Moon is about harvesting our intentions, dreams, ideas, and aspirations, as we go into the new cycle, but also before the end of the year. It’s a reminder to look at what you have planted personally and spirituality, and take inventory on how much you are putting into the harvesting of them.
We have these two symbolic events happening that are about the ending of a cycle, and the harvest that we reap from the previous seasons. By utilizing these astrological events we create an opportunity to deepen our spiritual work, and discover how this applies to us psychologically, mentally, and spiritually.
Cultivate to Create
The first part of the harvest cycle starts with cultivation.
The definition of the word “Cultivate” is to “prepare and use (land) for crops or gardening.”
When it comes to growing crop, the richer and healthier your soil, the more abundant and fruitful your crop. This is similar to our mindset.
Our mindset has to be supportive and conducive to what we are wanting to plant. If we are wanting to plant opportunities but don’t have a mindset that supports the belief that we can have them, that we are worthy, and so on, they won’t be able to grow or succeed. We have to start with cultivating our mindset and tilling our old paradigms and negative beliefs to make room for what we are wanting to plant.
A lot of times people look at Fall and feel like it’s symbolic of things dying, but it’s actually more symbolic of letting go. In order for new things to be planted we have to go through this phase of cultivation.
The Upper Limit
There is a concept in psychology called “The Upper Limit” which is a subconscious limit we reach when we are progressing personally or spirituality. For instance, if we have an idea that we can only have a certain level of success in our lives we may create some self-sabotage to bring us down lower than our upper limit. This happens to everyone but if we do the cultivation work we dig up those old beliefs and upper limits prior to reaching them so that we pass through them with greater ease and transition.
This is a time to reflect on what is present in your life that needs to be let go. Where can you unearth some of the old ideas, paradigms, or upper limits, holding you back in order to plant new desires?
Sowing The Seeds of Desires
Once we till our old beliefs and paradigms it’s time to sow the seeds of our desires. We have the authority to create the life we want. When we plant crops we don’t just pick up a sack of seeds and throw them around aimlessly. There’s intention behind our planting. Yet, oftentimes in our lives we don’t use that same intention with the planting of our things hoped for. Sowing our seeds of desires means we have to be intentional about what we want and what we want to create in our lives.
Matthew 7:7 says, “Ask and it shall be given you”
If what we ask for shall be given to us then we need to have more thought and intention behind what we are asking for.
The Sowing Phase
The sowing phase comes next, and can be an exciting process. It can also be a time where you may realize there is still a little bit more cultivating to do. As we plant our desires, sometimes limiting beliefs will come up to counteract them, again that’s those are our upper limits. Don’t worry about this happening. Just keep affirming the truth and keep yourself set in the direction you want to go.
When we are planting anything, it takes time to set in the ground, to germinate, to grow, and the stages of growth require their own stages within themselves. This is no different than our ideas, dreams, or aspirations. It is our job to nurture the seeds and continue affirming their strength and validity so that we can let God’s blessings and abundance grow in our lives.
A seed withstands the harsh of winter. It’s determined against all conditions to thrive and bloom. It never questions it’s worth or how much God is vying for it. A seeds only job is to become what it is meant to be and allow a God to make that happen.
Ellen G. White said, “Talk unbelief, and you will have unbelief; but talk faith, and you will have faith. According to the seed sown will be the harvest.”
The seeds you plant in faith will produce the most abundant harvest.
Trust God and know that what you plant in faith will multiply.
After planting our crop, or our aspirations, desires, dreams, etc. are planted we have to continue to nurture it. Just as a crop goes through it’s irrigation phase we too have to irrigate our seeds of hope.
The seeds of our desires require continued nurturing and affirmation to keep them flourishing.
If you have a goal in mind or something you are hoping to achieve, how can you shower it with continuous attention and energy? Find ways to continue affirming and giving thanks as though you already have it, knowing that the harvest will come.
The growth phase is the time that we see our efforts paying off. This is a wonderful time particularly in our spirituality when we see the fruits of our labor and can see the manifestation of our hard work. It can feel laboring to push through the hardships never knowing what the season will bring. This phase of the cycle it’s such a rewarding time and will inevitably make us want to work even harder! As we begin to see the direct results of our work we will be excited and inspired to continue.
Perhaps during our sowing we exceeded our faith, or maybe during our cultivation phase we had to let go of painful stuff that made it challenging for us. The Growth phase is cathartic because we see just how healthy our crop can be when we are healthy in our planting and nurturing of ourselves.
The Harvest is last and is the phase that we all hope and pray for. It’s the part of the cycle that we often wish would arrive sooner and are readily waiting for.
And yet, it’s also the phase we spend the least amount of time.
We spend so much time waiting for the Harvest, but when it arrives we typically don’t allow ourselves to enjoy it. We set these big goals for ourselves and go through all the struggle and adversity only to get everything we have prayed for and then not fully let ourselves bask in the glory of it.
When I started my business, I would set goals for what I wanted to achieve by a certain date, the amount of clients I wanted each month, the projects I was excited about. And in some cases these would take months to achieve. It can take a long time to write a book, or find your next client. It was so hard because I never knew when that moment would come or when I would see my hard work pay off. Inevitability it would and I would see my harvest but I wouldn’t allow myself to celebrate it. I would immediately go on to the next big idea and start the cycle over.
The problem with this is that the Harvest is part of the cycle and if we aren’t allowing ourselves to enjoy the Harvest we won’t see the fluidity, ease, and abundance we are looking for. Not allowing ourselves to be in the harvest tells the universe that we aren’t open to receiving.
The Harvest is a time of celebration and gratitude. It’s a time to enjoy everything that we have created and manifested for ourselves and we have to allow ourselves to bask in it rather than move on rapidly to the next thing. I had to learn to celebrate my achievements and allow myself to be present in them without immediately starting the cycle over.
Our society has this idea that somehow it’s wrong or bad to celebrate ourselves. There’s an idea that we have to be modest and humble and somehow that means downplaying our achievements. One of my favorite quotes is by C.S. Lewis and says,
“Humility is not thinking less of oneself, it’s thinking of oneself less.”
Being humble doesn’t mean downplaying your achievements. We are mistaking humility with being egotistical. Being egotistical is thinking of oneself too much and not thinking of, or considering, others. This has nothing to do with being humble. We have to celebrate ourselves, our wins, and our achievements. The Harvest is a time of celebration and gratitude and when we are our grateful our blessings multiply. By missing this key phase of the cycle, we are actually stunting the growth of our next season and closing ourselves off to our own abundance.
If we are always in the planting or “doing” phase, we don’t allow ourselves to be in receiving mode and that will stunt our growth.
Honoring the Seasons
Honoring the Harvest means we have to honor all of the seasons. Sometimes in our lives we want to avoid the process and get right to the Harvest, or glaze over the harvest and just keep working, but that’s not how it works. We are here for the creating, not just the creation. We will never get to a place where we are just in the creation and not have to continue the part of creating. We have to go through the cycle and recognize that every stage is part of the process and is in perfect harmony with the seasons of our lives.
During this week and during this phase of the equinox and the harvest moon, take inventory of what seeds you are planting and which ones need to be sprinkled with faith. Is there anything you need to do to clear away some of the overgrowth in your life, or let go of the things that just aren’t growing.
Use this as a time to see what needs a little more nurturing in order to grow more abundantly.
Or have you achieved something recently and need to reap your harvest? Are you in a phase of harvest and need to focus on celebrating and being grateful?
Go into the week ahead with this in mind and consider how you can bask in the glory of your achievments and honor your harvest. You are worthy of the fruits of your labors.
May You Always Reap What You Sow,
If this article resonated with you and you would like more, please sign up for my bi-weekly Truth Mail to receive:
- Spiritual Guidance and Advice
- Tips for Conscious living, working, and loving.
- Specials and Promotions