The four seasons are equally as important as one another, for each holds its own beauty, and all are necessary and essential for nature’s cycle.
Autumn is glorious. The tepid sun rays beam down upon us, seeping through the mists to paint them gold, as the morning chill shivers our spines in a strangely refreshing way; and, all the while, we watch the world around us burst into the burnt colours of red, orange and yellow!
The seasons are very significant to the Ilimoskus since they are, of course, deeply entwined with nature itself, and because we are in autumn, I thought I would share with you exactly what autumn means to them. And, in Times of Old, the story is actually set in mid-September, just as autumn is approaching!
In the Kurpian language, the word for autumn is ‘natcluopa’ (pronounced: “nat-kloo-pah”).
Autumn is the time of ‘falling nature’. It is the season of undesired change – the beginnings of hardship to come – and is considered to be the most important season for the Ilimoskus. This is because of what it symbolises: like the leaves clinging to their branches, no one wants to fall due to change, yet this is a path within nature, within life, that cannot be avoided; eventually, the leaf must let go, but in doing so it gracefully falls. With a little faith, in fear can be strength and in hardship can be comfort. Autumn is the time to both mentally and physically prepare for winter.
Autumn is said to be the season of the Aeriikus (the air folk) due to the windy weather and stormy conditions that often come with this time in nature’s cycle.
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