With the tip of October, we really feel many issues shift. Depending the place you reside, the leaves change coloration and fall, and migrating birds cross the sky. The temperature adjustments, the times develop quick, and business-owners sharpen their pencils as we transfer into This autumn. It is a time of reckoning.
As it seems, for millennia, folks in numerous cultures have discovered this time of yr particularly important, particularly the interval between the Autumnal Equinox and the Winter Solstice. For occasion, each the Celts and the Maya—excessive civilizations perched at reverse ends of the pagan world– honored this season because the time of the yr when the barrier between the realms, seen and unseen, briefly grew to become permeable.
Both cultures believed that in this “thin” time, each the residing and the lifeless might “cross over”. Echoes of those beliefs, which included the carrying of masks for protected passage when crossing between worlds, pranks, and choices, persist within the secularized vacation of Halloween. And, a number of the resonance and profundity of the season, I really feel, explains the modern adoption of Dia de los Muertos and its rollicking, but poetic imagery far past its authentic Mexican roots.
I discover this to be a contemplative time of yr, and naturally I discover tea to be a wonderful companion for this contemplation. My favourite of the second is a uncommon Margaret’s Hope Darjeeling, which is about as profound as a cup of tea may be. Our choose this yr from Margaret’s Hope is what’s often called the “first flush of the first flush” amongst tea-growers and tea-pickers. This tea hits the palate with a burst of contemporary nectar, like biting into an ideal apple. The feeling I get from this tea, which is on the market solely in restricted portions, is a sense not of closure and ending, however of promise: first buds, and dormant vitality ready to burst out. It is, by the way, becoming to get pleasure from this tea, with its apple-like essence, because the Jewish New Year 5772 unfolds.
While the frost could not actually be on the pumpkin the place you reside, the wheel of the seasons has simply made a significant flip. From all of us on the Art of Tea, May you be inscribed and sealed for an excellent yr!