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The Spiritual Significance of Autumn Equinox in Our Modern Lives

Ceremony, Nature, Rituals, Spiritual SignificanceChloë Rain2 Comments
Fall Equinox Spiritual Significance
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As the midday sun begins to sink lower in the sky and the night becomes chilly and darker, before we even notice the changing of colors with our eyes, our senses tell us that the reign of summer has come to an end in the northern half of the world. 

The autumn equinox arrives at 3:50am Eastern Standard time or 9:50am Central Europe time on Monday, September 23, 2019, officially marking the beginning of fall in the Northern Hemisphere and the start of spring in the Southern Hemisphere.

The word “equinox” comes from Latin and means “equal night,” referring to the roughly 12-hour day and 12-hour night that occurs only on the two equinox days of the year.

The Autumn Equinox is a meaningful time of year to honor the harvest. Whether that be a "real" harvest of the things planted in your garden or the harvest of efforts and intentions for your life path that you set earlier in the year.

The changing seasons are key points in the cycle of life in nature, and within this cycle many ancient cultures perceived a powerful deeper message for humanity.

Indigenous cultures recognized earth-based wisdom and understood that the four focal points of the year: the Winter Solstice, Spring Equinox, Summer Solstice, and Autumn Equinox; illuminated stages of an inner spiritual journey – a spiritual cycle that the individual takes within themselves.

As we consciously link our awareness to nature's cycles, our understanding of our own cycles begin to deepen.

A favorite ritual of mine is to take the 15 minutes before and 15 minutes after the precise moment of the equinox to sit quietly on the ground in thoughtfulness and meditation and open my mind and my senses to the intelligence of nature all around. In this time spent in thoughtfulness around the moment of equal light and equal dark, I acknowledge my personal growth cycle and ask for harmony and balance to be the fertilizer in the soil of my life's garden.

Spiritually speaking, fall represents the Harvest time of year, a time to acknowledge abundance as our natural state of being. Our lives go through cycles of growth, harvest, death, and rebirth just as we see in nature.

Fall Equinox Meaning : Spiritual Significance of Autumn Equinox

On the Fall Equinox you may want to honor abundance and shift your consciousness from one of lack to one of abundance in some way through a small ritual or ceremony. Such as lighting a candle, giving thanks, and speaking your gratitude for all that you are and all that you have.

Fall is the time of year that we set up our internal space and make room for what’s to come in the next year. We create fertile soil for our greater visions to grow but not by doing. 

By becoming quiet and listening to what is trying to emerge from within us.

When we take the time this time of year to go within and empty out space we are creating fertile soil for our creativity and greater visions. When we clear our internal ground in the fall, we go into dormancy and then rest in the cold and darkness of Winter.

Winter is the time of year of healing, when the cold and freezing becomes the healing that sets the soil for Spring and our rebirth.

The significance of the Autumnal Equinox for the person walking the spiritual path is the time of year where we activate our new growth cycle. As we become silent and rest we are allowing space for our greater vision to emerge.

As the days get shorter and the nights grow longer, we descend into the darkness of the night and face our own inner darkness—the darkness within, i.e. the ego and the subconscious—to prepare for the birth of the Light within, celebrated at the winter solstice.

The heart of spiritual practice is internal, and is usually invisible and unnoticed by everyone else. By enacting the spiritual with a physical ritual, we can both recognize and make concrete our spiritual process that is part of our reality as a person on the spiritual path.

I encourage you to take some time September 23 this year to acknowledge your life cycle and spiritual path. In doing so, you are honoring, not only your own growth and light within, but the ancient wisdom that has served our health and wellness for thousands of years.

I honor the light in you that is the love of all things, without your existence the light of the Universe would dim and all of existence would miss you.
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The Spiritual Significance of Imbolc

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The Spiritual Significance of Imbolc

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May the stirring of life underground, stir new dreams into life within you.

May the flames of inspiration and new growth be ignited within your Being.
— Imbolc Blessing

Did you ever wonder if there was a spiritual significance behind Groundhog Day?

February 1st has been celebrated for time millenia as Imbolc, today in our western culture it is symbolically celebrated as Groundhog Day, and also known as Saint Brigid's Day in Christian religions.

In ancient Irish mythology Brigid was a fire goddess. Nowadays her canonization is celebrated with a perpetual flame at her shrine in Kildare. St. Brigid represents the Irish aspect of divine femininity in her role as patron Saint of babies. The Saint and the Goddess continue to intermingle into the present day.

Imbolc is one of the four major fire festivals that mark the spaces in between the Equinoxes and the Solstices. The other three festivals on the Celtic calendar are Beltane, Lughnasadh, and Samhain. The word Imbolc means literally "in the belly" in the old Irish Neolithic language, referring to the pregnancy of ewes. 

In the Northern Hemisphere we are about to transition into Spring. I know it might seem that we are in the midst of winter, and on the surface things seem dormant and dead, but under the ground the energy of the earth is stirring, the life force is awakening. 

Wherever you may find yourself, today can be a good day of reflection engaging with nature and the cycles of life. By acknowledging this transition we are symbolically honoring the space between the seasons.

In this way, we may honor the experiences within our own lives and timelines, the spaces in between. Where things seem dead and dormant on the surface; they may actually be the times when underneath things are stirring and the life force of new things are awakening within us.

Imbolc, the seeds of life are planted....

In the spaces of in between, there may feel an emptiness or loneliness, because what once was, is now gone, but what will be has yet to fully manifest or arrive.

This is a beautiful and necessary space for growth. In the spaces in between, all possibilities exist, and none have been chosen.

There’s a power that lives in the space ‘between,’ that subtle instant when something ends, and what follows next hasn’t yet begun.

The energies of the full Lunar eclipse this past January 21st will be amplified! Which represents another period of completion where we may lay down the old and empty ourselves for the new that is coming.

In order to make room in ourselves for the miraculous to take root, most of us need to uncover, examine and ultimately leave behind a deeply rooted fundamental insistence on a life of limitation. May you know your worthiness at the deepest level, today and every day, and feel your connection to the greater cycles of life that we are a part of.

I hope you are able to embrace this time of new beginnings and of change, because this is how your spirit grows and evolves, even when we feel uncomfortable or alone.

And in the beautiful, divine brilliance of nature, the growing energy of the season is supporting you in that powerful work.

Holy Spirit,
giving life to all life, moving all creatures,
root of all things,
washing them clean,
wiping out their mistakes,
healing their wounds,
you are our true life,
luminous, wonderful,
awakening the heart
from its ancient sleep.
— Hildegard of Bingen

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She has had the pleasure of mentoring women and men all over the globe to learn to source their inner power, deepen their relationship to their own guidance, and experience greater love and fulfillment, so they can enjoy the happiness they have always wanted, and have confidence and joy in their lives.

Many of her clients find that their relationships and careers shift dramatically in new and exciting ways after doing this work, creating freedom and fulfillment in their personal and professional lives. To find out more about working with Chloë go → here.

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