As the midday sun begins to sink lower in the sky and nights get noticeably longer and cooler, it can only mean the reign of summer is coming to an end for the northern half of the world.
The autumn equinox arrives at 10:21 a.m. EST, 7:21 a.m. PST or 2:20 p.m. UTC on September 22, officially marking the beginning of fall in the Northern Hemisphere and the start of spring in the Southern Hemisphere. It is suggested to take time 15 minutes before and 15 minutes after the precise moment of the equinox to open to the intelligence of nature all around you and to acknowledge your personal growth cycle. As we consciously link our awareness to nature's cycles, our understanding of our own cycles begin to deepen.
The word “equinox” comes from Latin and means “equal night,” referring to the roughly 12-hour day and 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 set earlier in the year.
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.
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 harvest and the changing seasons are certainly key points in the cycle of life in nature, but within this cycle many ancient cultures perceived a powerful deeper message. Many ancient cultures understood that the four focal points of the year, (Winter Solstice, Spring Equinox, Summer Solstice, and Autumn Equinox), illuminated stages of an inner spiritual journey – a spiritual path an individual can undertake within themselves.
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 sometime September 22 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.