Preparing for the Fall Equinox
The fall equinox is a time when the days and nights are of equal length and a signal of the days starting to get shorter. It is traditionally the time of the harvest. In farming communities, the bounty of all that was planted in the spring and tended to all summer comes fully into being now at the end of summer and the beginning of fall. It is the time that the fields are prepared for winter. The soil is turned over after the harvest. Foods are stored for the winter. The temperature begins to change as the days get shorter.
The fall equinox is also a time for us to do our spiritual preparations. As we walk the spiritual path, this is the time of year where we activate our new growth cycle. It’s a time to acknowledge our growth and expansion, celebrate and honor our achievements and the lessons of the year so far. We give gratitude and make space internally for what is to come, the quiet of winter. It is a time to find balance between the light and the darkness.
There are so many reasons that we celebrate these seasonal changes. Here are a few:
- It helps us align with the natural rhythms and energy of nature.
- It reminds us to prepare our inner world for energy shifts.
- It helps us be more intentional about how we move through our own cycles.
I read recently, “As we consciously link our awareness to the cycles of nature, our understanding of our own cycles begin to deepen.”
There are immense possibilities for transcending limitations. It is a great time to face our inner shadows and embrace a higher sense of truth, presence, and divine light.
This year the Fall Equinox is September 22 at 9:04 pm ET in North America and September 23 at 3:03 am in Europe. The southern hemisphere will be celebrating the spring equinox as the sun travels from north to south.
There are many ways that people celebrate the fall equinox. There are gatherings around the world, in homes, churches, community, and sacred spaces. Here are a few things to think about doing:
1. Bring balance to your home through deep cleaning and reducing clutter.
2. As you engage in any celebration, alone or with others, try to include one or more of the following:
- Make a list of gratitude,
- Do a special meditation,
- Create a fall equinox sacred space using elements of the earth (air, water, fire, earth, ether). This may take the form of a candle, crystal, cup of water, etc.
- Do an arts and crafts project that brings the fall season into play,
- Cook/host a harvest meal with delicious foods grown locally and support warmth as the weather starts to get cooler.
3. Finally, I invite you to join us on September 22 at 7:30 pm ET as we gather virtually to celebrate the Fall Equinox in our Life Mapping Community. Click here to RSVP.