Autumn is one of my favorite times of the year; seeds sown in the spring, nurtured in the summer, now yield their fruit in the autumn. It is harvest, the homecoming of the seed’s long and lonely journey through darkness and silence under the earth’s surface. Harvest is one of the great feasts of the year. It was a very important time in Celtic culture. The fertility of the earth yielded its fruitfulness.
Correspondingly, when it is the autumn of your life, the things that happened in the past, or the experiences that were sown in the clay of your heart, almost unknown to you, now yield their fruit. Autumn time in a person’s life can be a time of great gathering. It is a time for harvesting the fruits of your experiences.
- John O’ Donoghue (The Seasons of the Heart)