September 22, 2021

Endless Autumn: Quotes, Art & Folklore, By Amanda Bergloff

 

WELCOME AUTUMN!
"It's the first day of autumn!
A time of hot chocolatey mornings,
and toasty marshmallow evenings,
and, best of all, leaping into leaves!"
~ A. A. Milne

Fall is a magical time of year when the wild beauty of nature takes one last colorful breath before winter sets in. We look forward to the vibrant leaves falling around us on a windy day, the earlier sunsets when we can cozy up around a firepit outdoors with friends, wearing comfy sweaters again, buying just the right pumpkin for the front porch, picking out books from a used bookstore on a crisp Saturday morning, and so many more things that inspire and revive our spirit at this time of year.

To inspire you too, we've collected some of EC's favorite things about fall...so please enjoy the quotes, art and folklore below that highlight this beautiful season!

~The Months of Autumn~
SEPTEMBER 
There are flowers enough
in the summertime,
More flowers than I can remember-
But none with the purple, gold, and red
That dye the flowers of September!
~ Mary Howitt
OCTOBER
October glows on every cheek,
October shines in every eye,
While up the hill and dawn the dale
Her crimson banners fly.
~ Elaine Goodale Eastman
NOVEMBER
November comes
And November goes,
With the last red berries
And the first white snows.

With night coming early,
And dawn coming late,
And ice in the bucket
And frost by the gate.

The fires burn
And the kettles sing,
And earth seeks to rest
Until the next spring.
~ Clyde Watson

"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

How silently they tumble down
And come to rest upon the ground
To lay a carpet, rich and rare,
Beneath the trees without a care,
Content to sleep, their work well done,
Colors gleaming in the sun.

At other times, they wildly fly
Until they nearly reach the sky.
Twisting, turning through the air
Till all the trees stand stark and bare.
Exhausted, drop to earth below
To wait, like children, for the snow.
~ Elsie N. Brady
Fall Folklore
  • Married in September’s golden glow, smooth and serene your life will go.
  • If the storms of September clear off warm, the storms of the following winter will be warm.
  • Much rain in October, much wind in December.
  • If trees show buds in November, the winter will last until May.
  • There is no better month in the year to cut wood than November.
  • 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.
  • Scarecrows can protect fall crops, but they must be given hats to keep them cool in the sun, and once they're given clothes, a human can never wear those clothes again as it will bring them bad luck. 
Click the video below
for an easy DIY fall luminary project to light those autumn evenings.
SONG FOR AUTUMN
Don't you imagine the leaves dream now
how comfortable it would be to touch 
the earth instead of the
nothingness of the air and the endless
freshets of wind?

And don't you think the trees
especially those with mossy hollows,
are beginning to look for
the birds that will come
- six, a dozen - 
to sleep inside their bodies?

And don't you hear
the goldenrod whispering goodbye,
the everlasting being crowned
with the first tuffets of snow?

The pond stiffens
and the white field over which
the fox runs so quickly
brings out its long blue shadows.

The wind wags its many tails.
And in the evening,
the piled firewood shifts a little,
longing to be on its way.
~ Mary Oliver
Dancing of the autumn leaves
on a surface of a lake
is a dream we see
when we are awake.
~ Mehmet Murat Ildan
“If a year was tucked inside of a clock,
then autumn would be the magic hour."
~ Victoria Erickson

Pumpkin Facts & Folklore
  • Pumpkins, like other squash, originated in northeastern Mexico and the southern United States.
  • The color of pumpkins comes from orange carotenoid pigments, including beta-cryptoxanthin, alpha and beta carotene, all of which are provitamin A compounds converted to vitamin A in the body.
  • Although most people think pumpkins are vegetables, they are actually fruit.
  • Pumpkins take between 90 and 120 days to grow, which is why it's recommended to plant them between May and July. 
  • The flowers that grow on pumpkin vines are also edible.
  • Pumpkins are 90% water.
  • It was thought that a witch could turn an unsuspecting person into a pumpkin by eating the number of pumpkin seeds in that person's name.
  • A pumpkin is not a Jack-O-Lantern until it is carved. 
  • The jack-o-lantern custom derives from Halloween folklore and was thought 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.
Pumpkin Pie Squares
Click on the video below
for a super easy fall pumpkin dessert!
"No spring nor summer beauty hath such grace 
as I have seen in one autumnal face." 
John Donne
AUTUMN ART GALLERY
to inspire your own creativity...
Autumn, Levitan Sokolniki, 1879
Girl on a Swing, Maxfield Parrish, 1905
Autumn Day, Konstantin Gorbatov, 1920
Autumn, Alphonse Mucha, 1896
Summer Flowers & Autumn Fruit, 
Fontenay, 1700
At the First Touch of Winter Summer Fades Away, 
Valentine Cameron Prinsep, 1897
Autumn, Maxfield Parrish, 1905
Woman with Autumn Leaves, 
Andrew Stovovich, 1994
The HARVEST MOON
on September 21, 2021
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.
Wishing everyone a lovely autumn,
and as always, 
stay enchanted, dear readers!
Enchanted Conversation's contributing editor, 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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Cover Painting: "Girl on a Swing" Maxfield Parrish, 1905
Cover Layout & Quotes/Various Graphic Design: Amanda Bergloff

6 comments:

Stephanie Ascough said...

Thanks for the lovely post. I feel I've celebrated the start of Autumn now.

Kelly Jarvis said...

This was the perfect way to begin the season! ❤️

Sharmon Gazaway said...

What a beautiful autumn collage, Amanda. Such a pleasure.

Guy S. Ricketts said...

I enjoy each and every feature from this cornucopia of Autumn treats; every fact, quote, every image from the first to the very last one. Love it!

Guy S. Ricketts said...

I enjoyed this cornucopia of Autumn treats; from every quote, nugget of knowledge, music, from the first image to that very last image. Love it.

Lynden Wade said...

Gorgeous post, Amanda, thank you so much. I've never come across the poem by Mary Oliver before, so what a lovely discovery!

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