Fall is one of my favorite times. Every year, I look forward to my fall ritual where I fill my trunk with an abundance of the multicolored, unusually shaped pumpkins and gourds that richly grace the Half Moon Bay, N. California coastside where I live.
I especially love the lime-green and tangerine ones with exotic curly handles. I throw in handfuls of dry, crackly autumn-colored corn and drive happily home where I arrange them artfully around a haystack in my front yard. The top picture is of me and my Godmother decorating her front yard with my stash of pumpkins — a ritual I do for her every year.
Inside my home I arrange a bountiful “horn of plenty” with the smaller multicolored gourds and mini-pumpkins along with the acorns, dry corn and colorful autumn leaves I have collected. I adorn my Thanksgiving table with mini gourds, pumpkins, acorns and bright orange and red autumn leaves. The most unusual prize pumpkin is saved for the centerpiece. My table is laid out on a soft, deep-blue tablecloth which really makes the rich earthy tangerine and autumn colors pop.
This is my celebration into fall. I don’t really feel it has arrived until I greedily scoop up nature and feature it prominently in my home. The fact is that the more our homes are filled with the objects, shapes, textures and art work depicting nature, the happier we are in our living space. This teaching comes from the five elements theory which comes out of Chinese medicine and is a fundamental part of the ancient art and science of Feng Shui.
One powerful way to remedy the blues that come as the days grow shorter is to work with balancing the elements that begin to diminish during the fall season. We can do this by pepping up the fire, earth and wood elements in our homes.
In Feng Shui we are working with the five elements of fire, earth, metal, water and wood and what is called the controlling and the nurturing cycles. When we have too much of an element- we control it by bringing in the element that is stronger. When we have too little of an element- we can nurture it with the element that feeds it, thus creating more of it.
Fall is a time where the rich harvest of the earth is on display. In my home town pumpkin fields abound, which couldn’t make me happier! It is also a time where the fire element is diminishing as the colder weather sets in.
By bringing into our homes more of the elements of fire (red, orange, purple), wood (green) and earth (gold and earth tones) during the colder months, we diminish the abundance of the water element that is most prevalent at this time.
In the five elements theory wood feeds fire, which creates earth. Earth dams, or controls the water element. By adding objects, shapes, colors and textures from the elements of fire (fiery colors, diamond shapes, fires in fireplaces, candles, stronger lighting), wood (plants and flowers, acorns, nuts, green colors, autumn leaves) and earth (pumpkins, gourds in earthy colors, objects in yellows and golds) we will cozy up our homes again and add a warmth that is lacking.
Because we are deeply affected by our physical surroundings, our physical bodies come back into balance as well. As a result depression and lethargy often naturally lifts.
I encourage you to play, create, feel and experience the objects, textures, smells and richness of nature, emphasizing the earth, wood and fiery elements. Spending time outside collecting your fall treasures will align you with the rhythms of the seasons, making you feel more grounded and connected. It will replenish your spirits as only nature can do, and make your home feel cozier during this chillier season.
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Erica Sofrina is the Founder of the Academy of Feng Shui and author of the book Small Changes, Dynamic Results! Feng Shui for the Western World. Find out more at www.ericasofrina.com