The autumnal equinox – a time when the days no longer shorten at an increasing pace, but rather at a slower pace. A time of change. A time of deceleration. A time to downshift, throttle down, a time to begin coasting into the end of the year on existing momentum. A time to reflect. A time to give up certain things. A time to let go and quit pushing.
I’m a believer in charms, talismans, incantations, rituals – not for any purported magical effect, but rather for the very real effect they have in serving to focus and solidify individual resolve. My intent is to let go of some things which have weighed heavily on my heart and mind since the last autumnal equinox, so this day serves as an opportune moment in time for the ritualized expression of that letting go.
I have quite a string of things I need to let go of: sadness, revulsion, heartache, anger, jealousy, bitterness, resentment, disgust. I need a ritual for that.
I had originally intended on writing a lengthy explanation of how and why all that negativity came into my life. That is a daunting task. I am not sure I am up to it quite frankly, and not sure I want to rip the scabs off of old wounds in doing so. No, instead I have settled on a simpler course of action – a simpler ritual. I will write a single name on a blank piece of paper, fold it neatly in quarters, take it outside, set it on the ground, and burn it to ashes. In so doing, I resolve to let go of that negativity.