Book Blogger Hop – Sept. 2 – Autumn!
Once again we have come to the end of the week and that means it’s time for the Book Blogger Hop over at Crazy for Books. (I need to get off my butt and finish The Witch’s Daughter for you all. I don’t know if I’ve just been too busy or too lazy to finish it. I’m about 50 pages to the end. I hope to finish it and be well on my way through another book before the end of the long weekend.)
Our question for this week is: “What are you most looking forward to this fall/autumn season – A particular book release? Halloween? The leaves changing color? Cooler temperatures? A vacation? (If your next season is other than fall/autumn, tell us about it and what you are most looking forward to in your part of the world!)”
Ah, autumn; my favorite season. It beats out spring in my opinion. The falling temperatures mean I can open the windows in my apartment and finally get some fresh air after a long summer of running the air conditioner. The leaves begin to turn and it’s time for a trip out to the hills for pictures. It’s time for apple orchards and pumpkin patches to open to the public and hay wagon rides through the woods. Cooler weather means more hikes through the state parks and leisurely meanders along the Missouri River. There are trips out to the wineries and peaceful evenings on their patios sipping the most recent brew. Things seem less harsh in autumn; the light glowing through leaves turned gold and red and a soft sigh in the air. It’s a release of the heat of summer.
I adore autumn. The month of October holds my favorite holiday, Halloween. Samhain, as we call it, is an important holiday in the Pagan calendar and a busy social event. There are several parties, ritual gatherings, and camping trips held in October. So much so, that there is something happening every weekend of the month. It’s insane and I wouldn’t miss it for the world. On Samhain the veil between the worlds is at its thinnest and we can freely communicate with those who have gone before us. It’s a time to honor our ancestors and to reflect upon our past and a little upon our future. We give thanks for the harvest season and for the blessings we’ve received during the year. Samhain is a powerful time for those of the Pagan religions.
There are many things to look forward to in the autumn. For me, the gatherings for Mabon (the autumn equinox) and Samhain are a time to meet with friends and be around those of like mind. It’s a time to relax. There are bonfires to roast marshmallows over and cool nights to sit out under the stars. Autumn is a busy time, even if in this day we don’t have to worry about bringing in the harvest ourselves. I look forward to the change in weather and the chance of seeing friends.