It’s all meant to pass, and change is here to stay.
Every season in the natural cycle has quite a resonance with everything on the planet. Especially, with us, humans. Because the writer could only speak for humans and not horses.
Much like the summer highlights of youthful energy, the cold and beautiful letdown of the cold, and the blossoming creative course of spring, autumn too sheds light on an inevitable aspect of life; the art of letting go (puns 100% intended).
Most living things let go at a certain point. It could be shedding old leaves, old skin to grow a better and hopefully a thicker one (snakes must be quite resistant), or just our routine of shedding dead cells. We all let go.
We just had to. Snake 1 - You know what, man? Snake 2 - What? Snake 1 - You have the most pathetic political perspective. Snake 2 - And you have a great sense of alliteration. Snake 1 - Thanks. But that's not what we're here to talk about. Snake 2 - Fine. What's so bad about my "political perspective" (sorry, can't do air quotes, but you know what I mean). Snake 1 - EVERYTHING. Snake 2 - Sorry stranger. I just shed a few hours ago. Your baseless opinions don't matter to me.
You go, snake!
The reason why we don’t stop and think about the things we let go of, why we don’t cry when we drop parts of us, and why it really doesn’t bother us, is because they’re all largely, involuntary. That explains why it’s so painful and heartbreaking to voluntarily let go of something/someone.
The good news is that the “autumn kind of shedding” happens involuntarily. So, the members of the ecosystem shedding a part of themselves during this time, do it involuntarily. It causes no pain. If you wish to bring this “autumn lesson” or just a plain autumn vibe online, you could use the following emojis.
🌳 Deciduous Tree
There’s a minor conflict here.
The very fact that a tree or a plant is deciduous, means that it’s in the shedding season. Which is not usually a time of lush green leaves, but brown and autumny ones. Thus, contradicting the description of this emoji, although the name says otherwise.
So, going by the emoji, you can use 🌳 in contexts of spring and fullness. But, considering the name of this emoji, it works best for autumn contexts since it’s a deciduous tree, indeed.
🍂 Fallen Leaves
Fallen/falling leaves primarily suggest one thing, the main thing; autumn. Since it’s typical to see streets layered with warm leaves and sometimes even flowers, 🍂 evokes the basic essence of the season.
The gracious process of trees shedding the old leaves is part of a diligent natural cycle, which also includes us, humans. Hence, 🍂could also be used in a personalized context.
- Changing the way I see the world a little each day until I feel my perspective to be the purest 🍂
🍁 Maple Leaf
Some maple trees are naturally red. Some, like most trees, go and grow through the green-to-red transition. 🍁 could also refer to leaves/trees that resemble the maple leaf/tree, like the iconic Godswood.
The organic and selective red and orange tints shown in this emoji and the leaf it represents proves 🍁 to be yet another perfect autumn symbol.
It’s important to note that there may be overlapping interpretations while using this emoji; you’re either talking about fall or about Canada.
🎑 Moon Viewing Ceremony
Why’s a festival included in the “autumn emoji” list?
The moon viewing ceremony or Tsumiki/Otsumiki celebrates and observes the autumn moon. Though mainstream seasons have less to do with celestial phases, 🎑 seems likely to be this list’s showstopper as there’s the star of the show; the autumn moon.
A special day for Japanese communities, this ceremony is indeed the “Japanese version” of the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival. Thus bringing forth the next emoji.
Mooncakes symbolize the Chinese Mid-Autumn festival. 🥮 is not only a festive food but also a cultural delicacy significant to China and its history. So the big picture behind making 🥮 an autumn emoji is the delicious and almost-mandatory consumption while celebrating the autumn moon in China.
🏮 Red Paper Lantern
Lanterns are a vibrant part of the Mid-Autumn festival (many autumn emojis have a strong relation to this festival). But, that’s not the only reason why 🏮 works as an autumn emoji. The warm shade(s) used in this emoji doubles its qualification as an autumn emoji.
🟠 Orange Circle
Orange shapes such as this orange circle, the 🟧 Orange Square, the 🔶 Large Orange Diamond, the 🔸 Small Orange Diamond, and the 🧡 Orange Heart have lesser resonance with autumn by their shapes and more with the color they contain.
Orange is generally the color of autumn. Along with that are shades and hues of red, yellow, and all the colors found on the warmer side of the spectrum. Thus making these shapes, especially fitting as autumn emojis.
Other emojis that work this perspective are 🟨 Yellow Square, 🟡 Yellow Circle, 💛 Yellow Heart, 🔴 Red Circle, 🟥 Red Square, and ❤️ Red Heart.
Yes, we get it. Autumn is sad. Leaves falling off, nature shedding, and trees quite literally getting naked can be a painful sight. Though that’s all true and it is happening in real-time, focusing on the shedding only makes for the negative side of the story. And we’re clearing leaving out the other!
Everything has a bad and a good to it, and it’s our job to focus on the good. And that good here lies in the fact that all this shedding only gives way to new life, new leaves, and a whole new cycle and look for nature.
Sometimes, it’s not so bad to get out of the way and allow new things, people, talents, and beauty to follow. So, the next time you refer to autumn or the lessons of the season, we hope these emojis are helpful.