One of my most enjoyable fall rituals is to fill my trunk with an abundance of the multicolored, unusually shaped pumpkins and gourds that richly grace the Half Moon Bay, N. California coast side 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 on my front porch. It makes for a happy fall “greeter” to the home, sending an inviting message to all who enter. In this top photo I am delivering the pumpkin bounty to my godmother Anne, a fall tradition that I never miss!
Inside 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. For my Thanksgiving table, I adorn it 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 table cloth which really makes the rich, earthy tangerine and autumn colors pop.
The fact is that the more our homes are filled with objects, shapes, textures and artwork depicting nature, the happier we are in our living space. It reminds us of our true home and will always feel reassuring.
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. As human beings we are connected to 100,000 generations of ancestors who lived in the natural world. It is embedded into our DNA to feel a deep sense of balance and well being in nature and feel depressed when deprived of it.
One powerful way to remedy fall blues is to work with balancing the elements that begin to diminish during the fall and winter seasons. We can do this by pepping up the fire, earth and wood elements in our home with colors, objects, shapes and textures that represent these elements.
Pumpkins represent almost all of the five elements, which is one of the reasons why they are so vibrant in the home. The orange color represents both fire and earth with their orange and brown hues, the circular shape represents the metal element, and the fact that they are a plant represents the wood element.
These fiery and earthy orbs help balance the abundance of the water element that fall and winter bring, making our homes feel warmer and cozier. (Read more about how to balance the five elements in your home.)
I encourage you to gather up these rich earth bounties and make interesting arrangements to create a vibrant “harvest” home for the fall. Remember, when we see bounty we feel bountiful, and our lives begin to move in this direction!
For those who want to learn more about the Feng Shui five elements and how to apply them, click here for your free color copy of my five elements map and information. Enjoy!