Well it's definitely Late Summer in Devon but perhaps you are wondering why we are not talking about Autumn? It was a revelation to me when I was training as an Acupuncturist to be introduced to the idea of 5 seasons rather than the usual 4, it made so much sense and all of sudden I noticed how different Late Summer actually is to the Autumn.
Late Summer is a time of plenty and fullness; the balance point between upwardly moving energy and the down turn towards Winter. There is still an expansive feeling as the harvest continues to ripen and growth is still happening but in a gentle, softened way. I always think of this time as blackberry and apples, peaches and cream when there is still warmth in the sun and a real feeling of wanting to feast on and celebrate the harvest and the last of the sunshine.
...and then slowly we start to feel Autumnal, we have colder days, the energy starts to contract and descend, the life force beginning to dive down into the earth ready for the hidden Winter time. I always feel a heaviness in my chest, almost a grief as I let go of the sunshine, the feeling of expansion has gone. Nature is also letting go, recycling, retreating in a blaze of richness and colourful glory.
Observing 5 seasons rather than 4 has added even more gorgeousness to journeying though the year, would love to notice how you feel the difference between Late Summer and Autumn? Have a lovely day, Carol x