We wanted to take the opportunity to wish everyone a happy, peaceful, and reflective time during the upcoming equinox which takes place on March 20, 2018 at 4:15pm UTC.
The equinoxes take place twice a year, in spring and autumn, when the sun crosses the equator — a time when the day and night are approximately equal lengths.
This time of year in the northern hemisphere is the time of the spring equinox, while in the southern hemisphere it’s the autumn equinox. Each celebration holds its own unique and special meaning.
The autumn equinox marks the time of year where night starts to become longer than day, when darkness becomes greater than light for a time. The fall equinox represents inner death and the descent into the darkness of the subconscious (the psychological “underworld”), from which knowledge can be extracted. The autumn equinox precedes the birth of the Spiritual Son at winter solstice, thus also illustrating the principles of the the extraction of light out of darkness, of death and rebirth, and that ascent is preceded by a descent.1
The spring equinox, in contrast, marks the time of year from where day becomes longer than night, when light becomes greater than darkness. It represents a time of resurrection, as well as the spiritual principles of selflessness, self-sacrifice, and helping others spiritually. It represents the spiritual principle of something inferior (for example, low states, causes of bad actions, etc.) is sacrificed for the benefit of gaining something superior within (inner peace, wisdom, spiritual faculties, etc.).2
Observing the equinoxes with an understanding of their spiritual significance can help with gaining a deeper appreciation of the higher principles conveyed through these important times of year and provide spiritual inspiration and insight for the year ahead.
In The Path of the Spiritual Sun, Belsebuub and Lara Atwood explain that:
“Solstices and equinoxes are a time of connection between the heavens and the earth, the personal and the divine, the inner and the outer, the material and the spiritual, and even a time when contact through mystical experiences is made more possible.”
– The Path of the Spiritual Sun 3
There are many ways to celebrate the equinox individually or with others via ceremonies or gatherings with friends, the creation of a sacred circle or a dedicated space to mark the equinox, etc. It is also possible to find and join celebrations organized by local traditional revival groups, or to visit an ancient sacred site aligned to the equinoxes.
Below are some links for further information about the equinoxes and ways to celebrate them from a spiritual perspective:
- A Guide to Celebrating the Solstices and Equinoxes
- Spiritual Significance of the Solstice and Equinox
- How to Practice the Religion of the Sun
- A Guide to Creating a Sacred Site Aligned to the Sun
- Sacred Ceremonies for the Solstices and Equinoxes
- Mantras Related to the Autumn Equinox
- Mantras Related to the Spring Equinox
The Spiritual Sun team would like to wish everyone a happy, serene, and inspiring equinox!