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Wishing Everyone a Happy Equinox — March 20, 2018


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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

autumn equinox circle

A simple sacred circle set up for an autumn equinox celebration in Canada in 2013.

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

Grianan of Aileach aligns to the equinox

Grianan of Aileach is an example of an ancient site in Ireland that aligns to the spring equinox, and where spring equinox observances still take place today.

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

spring equinox celebration

A spring equinox celebration held by the traditional revival group Slovansky Kruh in Czechia. Photo © Slovansky Kruh (used with permission)

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:

The Spiritual Sun team would like to wish everyone a happy, serene, and inspiring equinox!

  1. Belsebuub and Lara Atwood, The Path of the Spiritual Sun: Celebrating the Solstices & Equinoxes (Mystical Life Publications, Revised and updated second edition July 2017), p. 129-170 

  2. Ibid., p. 51-83 

  3. Ibid., p. 46. 

About the author

Jenny Belikov

Jenny Belikov is a researcher and practitioner of the ancient religion of the sun and the Managing Editor for The Spiritual Sun, where she also researches and writes about ancient sacred sites; spiritual texts and practices; the latest discoveries in archeology, archeoastronomy, and related sciences; as well as the exploration of various facets of the lost civilization of the sun.


  • It really feels like a powerful time of the year spiritually the I start to look into it got some great insights through through this time and found it very uplifting, thanks to the team for sharing

  • Thanks Jenny, great read. I’ve also enjoyed reading peoples comments, thank you all for sharing.

    Solstices and equinoxes are not only proving to be a magical time, but also a great opportunity to reconnect to our true spiritual source.

    And thank you Belsebuub for uncovering this information in the first place.

  • Michelle and I are in California, so we decided to visit the Swansea Petroglyphs. We arrived in the evening to a magical landscape that seemed like another planet, it was very beautiful, and very colorful, with blue, red, purple, and green hills and mountains. We drove in just as the sun disappeared behind the snow-capped mountains. We camped near the petroglyph site, and it occurred to me that it could be the same campsite used by the artists thousands of years ago, who’s work we had come to admire. The night sky was full of bright stars, and we left the top off our tent off so we could watch them if we woke up in the night (which I did several times).

    We adapted a ceremony from The Path of the Spiritual Sun, with me acting as the initiate, and Michelle as the divine mother. I noticed an interesting parallel between physical marriage and the reunification with the mother/serpent, particularly as we used the serpent wedding ring I made for Michelle as our serpent symbol. In our version of the ceremony, I pretty much just had to lay there, and Michelle did everything else, which is kind of like real life, where the divine mother does everything for us, if we just ask.

    It was cloudy, so we didn’t get to see the heliolithic animation (which might no longer be visible due to damage to the site), but we did get to look around and see the many petroglyphs at the site. I made a comment on the Swansea petroglyph page describing the site as I found it. There were some sun symbols that were very clear, but many of the petroglyphs were enigmatic, and it felt like I was looking at a language I couldn’t understand (which is quite possibly/probably/mysteriously Arabic, for quite a few of the petroglyphs).

    • Sounds like a really special ceremony for you and Michelle. From your description of events and reflections, it sounds like you made a really special effort.

      I especially like the sound of the star-gazing tent!

    • Your Equinox celebration sounded lovely Julian. It must have been quite magical to camp at that ancient location, with the view of the stars from your tent.

      Wishing you and Michelle a beautiful “light half of the year”!

  • True to its form, this year’s Equinox time was all about understanding the spiritual laws for me. Interestingly, in the process I also learned that the Spring Equinox is connected to helping others spiritually, which I didn’t realise before, which added another layer of understanding to the event. Deeply reflective and inviting to a correct action, this year’s Equinox was probably the most meaningful of all I have gone through so far.

    On the actual day, we had a fresh snowfall, so the nature looked even more wintery than during the Winter solstice, but only on the surface. Under the trees where there was no snow, the spring flowers have already started blooming, and the birds were chirping differently. There was a lot of silence and peace around as we started our improvised ceremony, with the incense filling the area as we chanted the mantras. Later on, we did some readings from The Path of the Spiritual Sun book, enjoying the warmth and beauty of the fire. I felt quite grateful for this little gathering and the subsequent shared breakfast at the friends house, and could feel renewed strength and enthusiasm during the rest of the day. After reading other people’s experiences here, it feels very nice to be a part of the community of people who try to really connect to and understand these spiritual markers, and in this way help to bring the ancient spirituality of the Sun to life in our everyday lives.

    • Hi Lucia
      I have also reflected a lot on the spiritual laws around this equinox and the feel of the actual equinox was very special for me too. Perhaps because there was this push to learn and reflect, the connection to the universal laws was stronger.

  • It was nice to read everyone’s sharing of their equinox time. I wish everyone the best of luck going forward in their inner work with the insights and strength they received that day.

    I had a simple ceremony by myself on our land, on top of a huge rock, covered with snow and clear skies to see the sun rising over the ridge to our east. A fire, chanting and prayer. As always, it was strengthening and I feel a push carrying me forward still.

  • Thank you, Jenny, for this post.

    I wish everyone had a chance to celebrate this unique and meaningful period of time.

    Me and my wife Eleni we celebrated indoors the spring equinox through a ceremony. We did as much as preparations a couple could do for the ceremony and hopefully, the weather was proper for this celebration.

    It was a strong experience for me and through this procedure and all the information that there are in the book of “The Spiritual Sun”, I had the chance to understand and estimate better and deeper this specific and valuable period of time, feeling then and now enough grateful!

  • Good to hear people’s experiences, both internally and how they went about connecting to the event.

    I was part of a small spring equinox ceremony that was modified from The Path of the Spiritual Sun to fit our small gathering of friends. We set up a little alter with a statue of Anubis, water-filled cauldron for the divine mother and a picture of Jesus for the Christ. We had a fire in a private, home-made stone circle in a snow-covered forest, and read the sacred texts given for the ceremony and chanted the mantras. It was cold, still and frozen, with no sunrise or tangible signs of spring. During the ceremony itself I noticed that though my mind wasn’t totally clear, the thoughts that were arising were thoughts of how to better my spiritual practice, and I felt that I was becoming strengthened in a mysterious way from going about the ceremony itself.

    The stillness of the day and days around helped me to go inside and reflect on the event and I feel the kind of renewed enthusiasm for the inner work that I have become aware that these markers provide, as well as a deeper appreciation for the meaning of the immense stage of the path that the spring equinox symbolizes.

    In fact, this time, I became more aware of how these spiritual forces, events and processes that we are trying to understand through the ceremonies are not some distant idea, but something very real that can be tasted in our lives now, even in a very incipient form. The Passion of Christ, and all the different stages that the four solar events mark, might seem like (and might actually be!) some gigantic cosmic drama that’s way beyond us in their enormity, but I felt that the key principles of these events can be taught to us in our own lives, in very ‘ordinary’ ways. There was a brilliant irony for me, that though the ceremony I was part of was more plain and simple, that the inner learning of the meaning of the ceremony felt more alive.

    Wishing everyone much renewed internal strength, determination and joy with their inner work! 🙂

    • You express your experience and reflections in such a nice eloquent way Ella. I’ve often felt that just showing up and being present at a solar event gives strength and inspiration, even if it’s in a simple way, like lighting a candle and chanting a mantra. When you go to a special site whether it’s an ancient one or just a one with a view of the sun, it feels like a pilgrimage and you always get something in return internally.

      • Thanks for the encouragement Laura 🙂 I agree that just by showing up something happens, it’s part of the mystery of ceremony itself to me, that how by performing actions in the physical we can create an imprint on a higher realm.

        Even though I didn’t know it, or could have planned it, for me being put in a much more relaxed and low-key ceremony was really helpful for me to get to a more detached state. Because we didn’t perform the full ceremony and there was no sunrise in the slightest to set our timing to, I felt enabled to just work on relaxing myself internally and focusing on simply perceiving and praying.

        It’s again acted as food for inspiration to explore spiritual ceremony and sacred sites, but I’d love to learn how to bring this sense of reverence more into my daily life. I know going to a sacred site at sunrise at a solstice or equinox is special energetically, but I can see I’ve become more sensitive through these ceremonies to how even lighting a candle at home can be done in an ordinary way, or used as a mini-ceremony, a little pause to pray to the forces of light. 🙂

        • What you said last is lovely and important Ella, and it makes me realize that especially having a shrine or shrines at home are ideal ways where lighting a candle daily or stopping by for a minute can be made sacred by how we approach them, and that it is us who make it ordinary or sacred, and us who make the connection to the divine happen… Thanks for sharing that reflection.

    • Ella has described our celebration quite well. We did not have something planned until literally last minute, but in the end I was happy the opportunity presented itself to have a simple celebration with close friends.

      I also wish everyone much learning and renewed strength from this time of year.

    • Dear Ella, I can relate to what you said about feeling a surge of strength at this Equinox time, and your related experience that the thoughts that were arising during your ceremony were thoughts about bettering your spiritual practice. I’ve been receiving similar thoughts and feelings over the past several weeks. It truly feels like a strengthening time of the year. I wonder if it relates to the warmth of the sun expanding its reach, just ready to burst forth, and the strength of the green earth struggling to emerge from the earth and reach toward the light. I did only a small ceremony this equinox, lighting a candle and chanting some mantras. But I do also feel there’s great power in lighting a candle if we do it in reverence. I’m doing this every morning now and I continue to feel it’s giving me strength. All that is to say, I appreciate your experience and I do wish you more strengthening insights this season. Thank you for sharing!

      • Thanks Shannon – I’m happy to hear you’ve experienced the event as a strengthening time also. Your comment made me think how fortunate we are to have been given ways to consciously tap into these times of year and to spiritualize something that many people feel on a more physical or emotional level. I mean, many people if not all can relate to the upsurging of energy and enthusiasm of the spring equinox, but to have been given the chance of understanding the deeper esoteric meaning of the event is very precious.
        Wishing you the best in using your inspiration!

    • I can relate to what you said about how a simpler ceremony can sometimes be equally or even more profound than a larger scale event. I felt the same thing some years back, when celebrating the autumn equinox on a beach with a group of friends. I was privileged to be able to join in larger scale ceremonies for most solar events over a couple of years and found them to be powerful, both in terms of the messages they contained and the sense of bonding that came from working together with a group on a shared project.

      However, the beach celebration was different in that it was more spontaneous and required very little preparation. So this gave very little opportunity for certain egos that can try to hijack a larger group event to manifest, such as worrying about getting everything done on time, or what others will think of the ceremony.

      The simple beach celebration was also the last that I was able to participate in, so also stands out in my mind for that reason, as a fond memory.

    • Thanks Ella for sharing your experience and celebration of the Equinox with us. The time leading up to the event was a bit of a struggle for me too but as soon as I started the ceremony, chanting the mantras and incorporating the recommended readings from The Path of the Spiritual Sun, things soon changed and it felt like I was participating in an incredibly humbling and timeless experience.

  • Thank you all for sharing your experiences and wishes for the Equinox. May it brings more light inside our hearts and understand better our mistakes and our subconscious. The book of The Path of the Spiritual Sun was a great help for this effort and I am grateful that this knowledge exists for the good of humanity.

  • Thanks all for sharing how you spent the equinox. It’s inspiring to read and gives a sense of common shared purpose that is strengthening.

    My husband and I celebrated the spring equinox sunrise away from home at an ancient stone circle that was situated on a small hill, it had beautiful views of the sky and the ocean. It was cloudy but the equinox sunrise and sunset could have been clearly observed from there. Not sure if there are any confirmed aligments. We thought the autumn equinox sunset would be a particularly powerful one as the sun would set into the ocean.

    It had been a while since we’d been able to go to a sacred site for the equinox or solstice. There’s something so powerful and beautiful about it and I have missed it. It had also been a while since we weren’t able to see the sun at these celebrations – usually we’ve been fortunate to see it. It made me realize what an impact it makes and how much it gives.

    It is incredible to have access to the information about the ancient religion of the sun and it’s practices and celebrations and so enriching when I try to practice it in my life. Thank you!

    Happy Equinox!

    • Sounds like a great spot Laura. I’d really like to get to a sacred site for one of the ceremonies soon – I don’t think I’ve ever yet combined a ceremony with visiting a sacred site (I’ve been to Stonehenge for the summer solstice but before I had the understanding of the real significance of the event) and really hope to do so one day.

      • It’s wonderful – especially when the site aligns with the particular solar event. Like uncovering and intimately connecting to something so ancient and yet still so present and relevant. Sometimes I’ve felt a sense of power, stillness, spiritual presence at sacred sites that is strengthening and inspiring on its own. We used to visit them a lot a few years ago, outside of solar events too. It really helps to connect to the spiritual.

  • Thank you Jenny and all the team for your wishes for this special time of the year.
    Happy Equinox from Yannis and me too, wishing everyone to come closer to The Divine at these days and gain the best understanding for this beautiful event and their selves.
    We celebrated this special event simple, focusing on reading the information Belsebuub gives about the Spring Equinox in his book “The Path of the Spiritual Sun” and on singing the related mantras. In the morning, before the sunrise, we went to a near hill where the sun rise was possible to be seen and focused on praying, trying to connect with our heart, the nature around us and singing the related mantras. Even though we didn’t take part of a ceremony, these moments had a special energy and were very inspiring making ma feel peace and harmony.
    Thanks again Jenny for sharing and everyone. Reading everyone’s wishes and ways of celebrations makes me feel that this special celestial event unites us and this gives me strength.

    • Thanks for sharing your experience of celebrating the spring equinox Maria. Even though it was a simpler celebration, it sounds uplifting.

      I also had a very simple celebration, similar to yours, but which helped me to feel more connected to the divine. I took some time to read sections The Path of the Spiritual Sun in a relaxed way and then used prayer, the Aum mantra and concentrating on my heart to get more in tune with the spiritual.

      I agree that celebrating these celestial events in whatever way we can brings us strength and a sense of unity, as even though we may be separated geographically, we are united in our hearts.

      Best wishes to you and Yannis.

    • Thanks for sharing Maria,

      I also focussed on the information in the Book: ‘The Path of the Spiritual Sun’; only I looked at the Autumn Equinox. Reading that helped me to reflect on the awesome power of the Divine, it’s incredibly beneficial to study this material.

  • Thanks for your wishes Jenny and the team. I hope you all had a strong and spiritual equinox and wish you and everyone here strength in moving forward towards the light.

  • Thank you to all the team and The Spiritual Sun website!

    I wish you all a very peaceful and reflective Equinox, wherever you may be.

    My husband and I have been able to observe this special time of year and appreciate the great resources that you all provide here to guide those of wanting to mark these special times in the year.

    But most of all, I am incredibly grateful to Belsebuub and Lara Atwood for their work to put together the amazing resource that is the Path of the Spiritual Sun book.

    Thank you and wishing you all much joy at this time for the North and much reflection for the South 🙂

  • I hope everyone had an insightful equinox. It’s nice to hear about people’s different experiences. I did a simplified version of the ceremony surrounded by nature on top of a small mountain. The weather was unexpectedly frigid but there were clear skies and I had a great view of the sun rising in between two mountains in the distance.

    It was good to be able to set aside some time for reflection. It left me with a greater appreciation for being able to participate in these ceremonies whether I’m alone or with others and for the spiritual significance of this time of year.

    • Similar freezing, frigid, white-on-white situation for me this year Patricia! It was quite bizarre to be in such different surroundings to what I’m used to experiencing at this time of spring (blossom, flowers, birds tweeting, gamboling lambs etc.) but somehow it felt relevant – it helped me to go more into an internal reflection in general too, which is always needed at these times.

    • That’s great Patricia,

      it seems like that spot was perfect for an Equinox sunrise; with it rising between the mountains.

  • Thank you for the inspired post and wonderful wishes. Wishing all of you a Happy Equinox! This truly does feel like a time of resurrection, of rebirth, and of refreshment of the spirit. Wishing all of you a Happy Equinox, and love and wisdom in the season ahead!

  • My best wishes to the Sriritual Sun team and everybody here for the Equinox and to have plenty of faith, inspiration and spiritual experiences

  • I had an incredibly nourishing equinox day, spending time taking in the gifts of perceiving nature and its beauty, and receiving this like a much needed food for the concsciousness.

    Also wishing everyone here and everyone consciously marking this special time all they’d benefit from spiritually at this moment.

    And to everyone and the earth itself of course, I hope the Sun’s long awaited forces of spring (in the Northern hemisphere) bring their energy, warmth and influence to the world around and to people lives.

  • Happy equinox, everybody 🎉

    Zorana and I had a wonderful day visiting a few of the dolmens nearby and are celebrating with quite a bit of music 🙂 I hope others around the world have found nice ways to tap into these inspiring few days.

  • We went to a stone circle in Croatia to observe it. Sang a couple mantras. It was cloudy, though, so we just looked towards where the sun would have come up.

    • Great you had that opportunity to celebrate in that setting Kevin, sounds inspiring despite the lack of the sun making an appearance this time around.

    • Yes, it was lovely being at an ancient stone circle for the Equinox, even though we couldn’t see the sun through the heavy clouds. It was pretty chilly, but there were some lovely purple flowers and trees already in bloom. It felt like such a relief to see the green grass again, and flowers appearing everywhere. When we drove to the circle early in the morning the birds were already singing loudly, as though rejoicing.

      • Your description of the first signs of spring sounds so lovely Anne Linn. Having the morning birds present makes the Equinox experience extra special.

      • I love it when it happens like that, when it’s otherwise very still before dawn but the birds are like a choir already celebrating the Son about to rise. When the landscape seems barren and brown on the whole but little flowers are already coming up or the occasional tree in the forest amidst otherwise naked branches is like an ethereal mist of pink, white or yellow blossoms. Like a little sign of hope. It makes me wonder if it could somehow correspond to the inner landscape of someone going through this stage on the path.

        • I was also fortunate enough to have a background of birdsong 🙂 coming from behind, just before the sun was about to rise. Already full of faith ahead of time it seemed and happy about the event about to come: sunrise and upcoming spring.

          There were also many other elements present that mark a beautiful morning. Such as some light blue almost misty like morning colours. The sunlight first painting treetops behind me with orange. Fresh cool air to deeply inhale. Also a beautiful sunrise. Which first showed itself only through the line of trees of a forest in the distance. It looked like a spirit, some sort of secret blazing angel traversing through the forest itself, its shape changing continuously according to the rays shining brilliantly passed the branches. This also made looking at the sun possible for a long time, before it finally rose above the treeline. Each of these moments and little experiences felt like a gift to witness.

          What I really noticed was the healing effect this had on me. Learning that it can be like a nourishing or healing experience for a human being to be present at sunrise.
          I mean that being in a natural environment like that (while being in the right inner state) imparts all these impressions (like bird sounds, fresh air, touching a stone or the soil, light in our eyes, sun on our skin etc.) on our body and psyche.
          This can help to make our consciousness connect in a real way to nature. But more than nature I feel but rather activate and align our consciousness to the forces behind it, through the beauty of the present moment and those heavenly forces of reality flowing through us in it.

          The difference of such a way of being. Comparing it to the state of psychological sleep without remembrance, bound within a mundane frequency, where the spiritual seems to not even exist…
          I feel they are of a completely different nature.

          Seeing both within myself I can see more of what is meant with all the quotes on the inner battle for one’s consciousness/soul/fate. Even if the reality of it is something that is not really well perceivable from the vantage point of someone in mundanely lived life.

          Went a bit off track there. But it seems such an important thing to continually learn what it is and how to fulfill our role of reaching out and connecting to the divine. To find that way is like a challenge every new day.

  • Happy equinox to all. Wishing everyone a special time of connecting with the divine within and tuning in to the significance of this time of year.

  • I also just want to wish everyone a very happy equinox. I had a small ceremony on my own earlier on today, when luckily the sky as quite clear and the weather as quite pleasant. I often find that celebrating these times of the year can really connect you to the timelessness of it all, and you can tune into the principles of life and spirituality as they pulse through the world.

    Wishing everyone a great celebration, whichever side of the equator you’re on 🙂

  • Thank you Jenny and team!

    I came back from the spring equinox ceremony and it felt so precious to me. Because of what we have inside, of what is out there, of all the information to bring those two together and because of the magical/sacred moments during these four special times of the year.

    May the vibes of this equinox resonate within all of us and bring inspiration, will, faith and strength to carry on!

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