Happy autumn equinox!
And to you in the northern hemisphere, happy spring equinox!
At equinox, light and dark, day and night come into balance.
At equinox, our two hemispheres of this planet come into balance.
We are together, poised in this moment of changeover.
What the seasons bring
Each season brings its own gifts and its own lessons. We undergo metamorphosis with each season if we are willing to embrace its essence and allow ourselves to be called into its distinct way of being.
Summer draws us out, into the landscape, onto the water, towards other people, and into a wider awareness.
Winter draws us inwards, into the home, into the interior of our own selves, and into a deeper level of awareness.
At autumn equinox, the harvest has been brought in. In Te Ao Maori, this is Ngahuru, the beginning of a time of rest.
Whether it is your autumn or spring, it’s time to pause and reflect on this moment.
A ritual for you
Here is a simple ritual you might like to do for Equinox. Feel free to improvise on these suggestions).
1. First create an altar. This is a simple setting on a cloth, mat, or tabletop. Place a candle on the altar. Then find some symbols that evoke the gifts of the bright times — your summer bounty. If you are in the northern hemisphere, find symbols for the gifts of the dark times — your winter treasure.
2. Light your candle. Pause, and close your eyes. Enter the stillness of this time of balance, poised between light and dark. Breathe into it. Feel yourself entering the moment of balance, as fully as you can. Feel the spaciousness of this moment.
3. Open your eyes. Reflect and give thanks for whatever it is you are harvesting in your life, from the season that is coming to a close. Imagine you are gathering up this harvest as you prepare to move into the new season ahead. Complete with a song, perhaps an expression of gratitude for the changing seasons, and extinguish your candle.
Equinox Blessings to you all,
It is the summer’s great last heat,
It is the fall’s first chill: They meet.
–Sarah Morgan Bryan Piatt
A video for you
Have you wondered about how to prepare for a seasonal ritual, especially one that you might be celebrating on your own? Making an altar is a good way to start. I made a video about this for you, and you’ll find it on my Facebook page.