The equinox takes place on September 22, 2017 at 9pm UTC, and we wanted to take the opportunity to wish everyone a joyous, peaceful, and reflective equinox.
In the northern hemisphere, it is the time of the autumn equinox, while in the southern hemisphere it is the spring equinox, also known as the vernal equinox. Each celebration holds its own unique and special meaning.
The spring equinox marks the time of year from where day becomes longer than night; light becoming greater than darkness. The vernal equinox symbolizes the spiritual principles of selflessness, self-sacrifice, and helping others spiritually. It is a process where the inferior (low states, causes of bad actions, etc.) is sacrificed for the benefit of gaining something superior within (inner peace, wisdom, spiritual faculties, etc.).1
In contrast, the autumn equinox marks the time of year where night starts to become longer than day, meaning darkness becomes greater than light for a time. The fall equinox represents the descent into the darkness of the subconscious so that egos like anger and hatred, greed, jealousy, and so on can be understood and eliminated. 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.2
Each equinox has its own set of symbols, celebrations, related practices, and points for reflection. 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.
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.