What is "inner autumn"

Good question. It is one of the inner seasons.

In this post, I’ll answer 3 questions: 

  • when is autumn?

  • what happens during inner autumn? and

  • what’s good to do during inner autumn?

At the end I’ll share a top tip.

When is autumn?

Outer Autumn

In the Northern Hemisphere, autumn is typically September to November.

In the Southern Hemisphere, autumn is typically March to May. 

Inner Autumn

If you are menstruating, inner autumn is after the middle of the cycle, ovulation, and before you start bleeding. This is the luteal phase.

If you aren’t menstruating, and are working in tune with the moon then the lunar autumn is from the full moon to the third quarter. This is when the moon is waning.


What happens during inner autumn? 

Autumn… what we lose in flowers we more than gain in fruits
— Samuel Butler

What is happening in nature?

This is the season when light levels and temperatures start to drop. In the life of a sunflower, it is the time between the last blooms to the creation and harvesting of the seeds.

What is happening with the moon?

The moon continues its journey back towards darkness from the full moon and we can see half of the illuminated part of the moon. Known as the last or third quarter.

What is happening in my body?

This is the luteal phase, the name comes from the corpus luteum - this is what is left of the follicle that was home to the egg that is released. The lining of the womb has grown for a while beyond ovulation producing larger amounts of progesterone and if an egg is not fertilised then oestrogen, progesterone and testosterone begin to decline. The loss of all these feel hormones, which peaked in summer, is connected with the shift and decline of moods into the later luteal phase, the premenstrual time.

What’s good to do during autumn?

If you have got lost in the flowing ways of summer, now is time to get back on it.  Early autumn can still have the energy and resilience of summer: it’s time to get things done. The second phase there is a slowing down, and preparing before winter.  

Planning and completing

It’s time to write that to do list.  

  • Get all your actions out of your head on to paper

  • Now make a plan and stick to it.

Some questions to ask yourself in autumn: what do yoI need to get done before winter? What’s the plan for making it happen? 


As you head into late autumn, make time to celebrate what you have achieved this cycle.  (N.B the time to evaluation comes later, first enjoy it). How will you celebrate? 

Top Tip for late autumn

Prepare for winter 

During the second half of autumn, your energy might slow down as you head towards winter.

What can you do to prepare for winter?

Posted on September 16, 2019 .