September 23, 2018

CELEBRATING AUTUMN - Fall Quotes, Art & Folklore

and Enchanted Conversation is celebrating
with some quotes, art, and folklore!
We're looking forward to this time of year with later dawns and earlier sunsets...a time when beauty takes a last colorful breath before winter sets in. And of course, late September has the harvest moon which has inspired stories, poetry, and song. So please enjoy some of our favorite things about fall below!
AUTUMN by A.Mucha (1896)

"Smoke hangs like haze over harvested fields, 

The gold of stubble, the brown of turned earth 
And you walk under the red light of fall 
The scent of fallen apples, the dust of threshed grain 
The sharp, gentle chill of fall. 
Here as we move into the shadows of autumn 
The night that brings the morning of spring 
Come to us, Lord of Harvest 
Teach us to be thankful for the gifts you bring us ..." 
-  Autumn Equinox Ritual
Autumn Leaves & Folklore
  • According to an old superstition, if you catch a red or gold leaf falling from a tree during autumn, you'll be free of colds for the next year.
  • Another variation on this superstition is that for every leaf you catch, you will have a lucky month the following year.   
  • And, once you have caught your leaf, keep it safely throughout the winter, until new green buds appear on the trees in the spring.
"In the garden, Autumn is, indeed the crowning glory of the year, bringing us the fruition of months of thought and care and toil. And at no season, safe perhaps in Daffodil time, do we get such superb color effects as from August through November." Rose G. Kingsley, The Autumn Garden, 1905
Harvest home, harvest home! We've plowed, we've sowed We've reaped, we've mowed And brought safe home Every load HARVEST HOME SONG

PUMPKINS are seen as a symbol of the harvest around the world and thought to bring abundance and have near-mythical restorative qualities.
The Pumpkin in Folklore
  • A witch can turn an unsuspecting person into a pumpkin by eating the number of pumpkin seeds in the person's name.
  • The jack-o-lantern custom derives from Halloween folklore to ward off evil spirits.
  • In the tale, Cinderella, pumpkins are useful, as the fairy godmother turns a pumpkin into a carriage, but at midnight it reverts back into its original form.
"Autumn arrives, array'd in splendid mein; 
Vines, cluster'd full, add to the beauteous scene, 
And fruit-trees cloth'd profusely laden, nod, 
Complaint bowing to the fertile sod." 

-  Farmer's Almanac, 1818
Robert Louis Stevenson

In the other gardens
   And all up in the vale,
From the autumn bonfires
   See the smoke trail!

Pleasant summer over, 
   And all the summer flowers,
The red fire blazes,
   The grey smoke towers.

Sing a song of seasons!
   Something bright in all!
Flowers in the summer,
   Fires in the fall! 

Autumn Meadows, James Renwick Brevoort, 1868
Autumn in North America, Fredric Church (1856)
Autumn Landscape, William Louis Sonntag, 1892
Autumn, Giuseppe Arcimboldo, 1573 

is the full moon closest to the autumn equinox.
It rises within a half-hour of when the sun sets, and when farmers had no tractors, it was essential that they work by the light of this full moon to bring in the harvest.

Share what you love about this season in the comments section below!
EC's editor-in-chief, Amanda Bergloff, writes modern fairy tales, folktales, and speculative fiction. Her work has appeared in various anthologies, including Frozen Fairy Tales, After the Happily Ever After, and Uncommon Pet Tales.
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Guy S. Ricketts said...

What a wonderful love letter to Autumn this is. I will definitely attempt the pumpkin soup this season! Happy Autumn to EC, Amanda, and everyone!

Enchanted Conversation said...

What a lovely thing to say, Guy. I definitely intended it to be a "love letter" to fall. I appreciate you noticing that. :)