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Wishing Everyone a Happy Equinox – September 23, 2018

Photo by Jordan Wozniak on Unsplash. Cropped.

With the equinox taking place this weekend on September, 23, 2018 at 1:54am UTC, all of us here at The Spiritual Sun wanted to wish everyone a very happy and enjoyable equinox.

The equinoxes are great for spiritual inspiration, reflection, practice and celebration, and a chance to connect with the deeper meaning of this special time of year.

The western passage of the ancient site of Knowth in Ireland. The light enters the passage and is funneled through it around the time of the Autumn Equinox. By Rob HursonOwn work, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia commons

For those celebrating in the Northern Hemisphere, it is the autumn equinox, which is a time when the sun begins to descend, marking the time when the nights start to become longer than the days, making the darkness greater than the light. In the Religion of the Sun the autumn equinox symbolizes a person’s descent into the inner darkness of their subconscious in order to eliminate egos like anger, greed, jealousy, fear, etc.,1 and gain the spiritual within (symbolized by the birth of the sun/Son at the winter solstice).2

In the Southern Hemisphere, it is the time of the spring equinox, when the sun begins to ascend, making the days longer and longer until it reaches its highest point at the summer solstice. It symbolizes a time of spiritual resurrection, which is attaining immortality during the process of enlightenment. This time of year also represents the spiritual principles of selflessness, self-sacrifice, and helping others spiritually, and signifies the spiritual principle of sacrificing something inferior (for example, low states like anger or negativity, or the causes of bad actions, etc.,) in order to gain something superior within (inner peace, wisdom, spiritual faculties, etc.).3

The deeper meanings of the equinoxes were imbued in the sacred sites built and used by the ancient practitioners of the Religion of the Sun and found described in the sacred texts they left behind. They gathered together to celebrate during these times of year, often holding large ceremonies at sacred sites.4

People celebrating the Equinox at the Pyramid of the Sun – Teotihuacan, in Mexico. By ThelmadatterOwn work, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

People today can celebrate the equinoxes and explore their deeper meaning too. There are many ways to celebrate, such as attending a gathering with others to celebrate, visiting an ancient sacred site that aligns to the sun, or just simply observing the sun rise or set and singing related music or trying out spiritual practices.

In The Path of the Spiritual Sun, Belsebuub and Lara Atwood describe how:

By taking part in ceremonies to celebrate the solstices and equinoxes, one is able to use the event for its higher purpose just as the ancients did—to connect with the cosmos, to understand eternal principles through intuitive experience and the cycles of nature, and to take the spiritual nourishment needed to help toward awakening. ~ Belsebuub and Lara Atwood, The Path of the Spiritual Sun5

Below are some links with further information about celebrating the solstices:

Have a wonderful and inspiring equinox everyone!

— The Spiritual Sun Team


  1. Belsebuub and Lara Atwood, The Path of the Spiritual Sun: Celebrating the Solstices and Equinoxes (Mystical Life Publications: Revised and updated third edition, July 2018), Chapter Two, p. 51-83.  

  2. Ibid. p. 87-125.  

  3. Ibid. p. 129- 170.  

  4. Ibid. p. 161, 207, 230, 282, 285, 339, 358.  

  5. Ibid. p. 46  

About the author

Vida Norris

Vida Norris a writer and researcher for SpiritualSun.com and is a practitioner of the Religion of the Sun. Vida is of Baltic descent, and she is fascinated by the remnants of the Religion of the Sun that are found in her Lithuanian roots, many of which are still prevalent in Lithuanian culture today. She explores ancient sacred sites and pores over ancient texts, with the hope of bringing back the relevance of the Religion of the Sun to those interested in spirituality today.

46 Comments

  • Thanks Vida and everyone for your equinox wishes. I also wish everyone here a strong and spiritual equinox, wherever you are in the world.

  • Have a wonderful and uplifting equinox, all 🙂 I hope it’s a great learning experience in whichever way you choose to celebrate.

    Zorana & Roy

  • Thank you Vida for this beautiful article and all for your wishes.

    Wishing too, everyone, a meaningful and inspiring Equinox, celebrating and focusing on this special event of the year, experiencing it’s mystical energies and power and coming closer to it’s heart and being.

  • Wishing everyone good fortune in the coming months. Whether you be in the northern or Southern Hemisphere the tug of war between night and day, darkness and light is equal if just for a moment…….

  • Wishing everyone in the North or in the South, an inspiring and strengthening equinox and lots of inner peace and light for the new quarter of the year.

  • My best wishes to all of you around the world for strength, reflection and determination during this period of time in order to always face the ”dark forest” of our self and transform it to understanding, will and knowledge.

    ”Midway upon the journey of our life
    I found myself within a forest dark,
    For the straightforward pathway had been lost.

    Ah me! how hard a thing it is to say
    What was this forest savage, rough, and stern,
    Which is the very thought renews the fear…”
    Canto 1, Divine Comedy – Inferno, Dante Alighieri
    English translation by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

  • Wishing everyone much strength. To activate oneself in order to reach out to their Being in an in-depth way.

    Wishing everyone much focus and attentiveness in their current personal learning.

    Hoping, wherever you are, that this equinox will bring what you need, to grow more and take the next step forward.

    All the best with what lies ahead in the upcoming quarter, but for now 🙂 Much clarity and peace to everyone.

  • Wishing everyone an insightful and meaningful equinox.

    Autumn has always been a favourite of mine for the same reasons describe by Laura and Olga but also because it’s one of the most vivid and humbling experiences too. It brings brilliant colors of red, yellow and orange in the changing of leaves, streams of rain, flashes of lightning across dark skies, and powerful wind storms and crashing waves (an eye-opening experience which I happen to witness last night). I find these dramatic natural phenomena to be good symbolic and visual reminders of the divine forces at play during this time of year.

  • Wishing everyone at The Spiritual Sun, and everyone who will be taking time to commemorate the equinox – autumn or spring – a spiritually rejuvenating period. A huge thank you to Belsebuub and Lara for bringing these solar ceremonies to the world.

  • ​Thanks everyone for your wishes!
    I hope you enjoy and celebrate with the best way you can the upcoming equinox and it will find you in balance to move forward to the next step ahead.

  • Thank you Vida,
    I wish meaningful equinox to all of you. Whether it is spring or autumn I wish you lots of inner light in your journey.

  • Thanks to every one at The Spiritual Sun for this uplifting message.

    I sincerely hope every one around the world can enjoy this magical time and make a meaningful connection with the divine.

    Peace.

  • Thank you Vida.

    It will be autumn equinox over here and autumn is when I feel most rejuvenated out of the seasons. I’m really looking forward to spending time in nature, chanting mantras or singing songs and lighting a fire, watching the sunset…

    I wish everyone will have a chance to go out in nature to feel its emanations and the energy of the equinox and connect to the sun and this stage in its path. And to gain that spiritual nourishment, strength and increased understanding to help in whatever ways they most need, with a deeper connection to their being.

    • Niceley said Laura, the silent manifestation of change and death of the autumn season has an incredible feel to it. Since I can recall, before knowing of the spiritual significance, this time of year somehow always brought me inwards, closer to myself, as opposed to the other seasons… It is like the changing leaves are the movements of a veil being lifted.

      Wishing everyone a wonderful equinox, sharing the occasion, or contemplating in solitude. May we each find strength towards the next important step.

      • I too have always loved autumn. During the summer months, I sometimes find myself longing for this time of year. It does feel like a natural time to go inwards. I spoke on the phone with my aunt the other day and she said how strange it is how something that’s dead or dying can be so very beautiful. She was speaking about the golden leaves on the trees.

        Sharing a short and lovely video that makes me want to sit down and be present in nature:

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-2zPk0kt9A

        • Nice video Anne Linn 🙂

          Its interesting how we appreciate this ‘dying’ season and witness its beauty, as external observers, despite the difficulty the season and its living beings may face as the environment gets colder and sunlight lessens. Perhaps for every plant, tree and animal, its actually hard or even painful to some degree, that we may not fully even grasp.

          The internal equinox, however seems to let us become active participants, living, if we chose so, with a willingness to appreciate and initiate the changes no matter the cost or outcome.

          • This has never occurred to me before 😮 but there is much truth in that. Even thinking that for us, without our modern conveniences, secured warmth, safety and food, etc., this season would be just as difficult as it is for them. The little outdoor cats who come around for food in the morning sometimes and after a frosty night I think, gosh, you’re still alive… how will you manage in the winter? Thank you for this food for reflection, Olga.

        • Yes, I agree the changes in the colours of the leaves can be very beautiful Anne Linn. Thanks for sharing the video too.

      • Beautifully said Olga, ‘the movements of a veil being lifted’, and I can really relate to what you said. Since knowing about the spiritual significance of the seasons and equinoxes & solstices through this website and The Path of the Spiritual Sun book, and that having inspired me to try to attune to them and nature overall in a more conscious way, my experience and ‘enjoyment’ of them has also become much richer and deeper.

        • Yes, without such important resources I would be lost and left only to noticing/contemplating the subtle connections one might find in the changing seasons. As you rightly put, the religion of the sun, helps to have a much richer and deeper connection of life with tools to go vastly far and beyond what simple creatures have.

    • That’s interesting Laura how you have this feeling of rejuvenation from autumn. It seems that many people feel an affinity towards a certain season. For me its undeniably spring, but some time ago, when I was living next to an old park, I really liked to walk there when all the paths were covered with the rustling yellow leaves in autumn, and everything seemed to be less busy (including the ducks in the pond) . The whole atmosphere felt very mystical somehow, introspective as Olga said.

      Wishing everyone in both hemispheres a spiritually fruitful time of the equinoxes.

      • Hi Lucia, thanks for sharing that. Growing up I remember many people dreading October and November as the worst time of the year, as it can be very dreary, dark and cold before the snow arrives, but I actually feel a physical refreshment and coming alive in a way. I loved going for walks in the dark evenings when everyone else would be huddled inside : ) Not to mention December… a gentle cover of snow bringing its quietness, with lots of lights being kindled in every home in the darkest time.

    • Strange isn’t it, how autumn feels like a new start? Even as everything is dying away.

      Thanks, Laura for putting it so nicely.

      Wishing everyone a wonderful equinox with much strength and light 🙂

    • Interesting what you guys mention, as I felt a similar thing a week or two ago.

      In my head I was already expecting a cold, dark, unpleasant thing from autumn.  But when I went out for a few walks I noticed a different atmosphere actually, a different energy in the air from nature.

      It was a very calm sense, quite hard to define in what way I was picking it up actually. But one way of how it reached me that I was aware of- through specific aromas in the air appropriate to the season. Very calming and it reminded me of certain time periods when I used to go for awareness walks alone.

      It feels a bit to me like nature has worked so hard and hard from winter onwards all the way till reaching the full bloom of summer, spreading out its petals and arms fully. And then now it can let go and rest in a way, there’s a peace.

      So it wasn’t the immediate hardship of winter, cold and darkness that I noticed in nature.

      But like I said I found it quite hard to define how it is that this sense of this seasonal energy reaches, maybe it’s in part a higher sense, but perhaps it’s also acting on our physical body. But often I seem to get the season’s particular sense a few weeks before the turning dates of the solstice/equinox.

      • Karim, you reminded me how kids are after a full year in school and then after the summer vacations, ready and full of energy to start the new school year from the beginning of September. Some they really can’t wait when the school will start again.

        And it sounds like an ancient tradition survived and the school year is a remnant of it.
        (any research?? 🙂 )

        Happy equinox Karim!

        • Eager for learning, learning, learning!!! 🙂

          I remember the feeling you mention, although for me it was probably a lot to do with seeing classmates again as well. But there was also an eagerness for activity to start again. I think after the warm nourishment and relaxation of summer we’re ready for that.
          Though in practice it can sometimes feel like hardship the whole year round, haha :’-).
          However what you mention is a nice reminder, because if we just feel bogged down about difficulties and life we might not put enough effort in against the hill of inner obstacles. But if we can manage to make ourselves strong and sometimes have ‘bring it on!’ attitude in ourselves, that’s a better approach and we can start to push up through those obstacles. Then we can make ourselves fruitful— the learning and growth.

      • That’s interesting Karim. Belsebuub said in a talk, ‘there is a great communication with nature’. When I was younger, I used to get depressed when it rained. Now I really enjoy it and look forward to rainy days, because I feel that when I use awareness and consciousness to perceive the different seasons and weather, whatever they are, especially in nature rather than in a city, there is always beauty and magic present. That’s an interesting point that these energies are probably acting on us physically as well, and I also liked what you said that after working so hard nature has a sense of peace now.

        • That’s really good to hear Laura. I also find overcast or rainy days depressing, but it’s great to hear that it’s now something you actually look forward to, rather than something to endure until the next sunny day comes.

          I really want to develop that appreciation of different types of weather and changing seasons, like appreciating the power of a storm, or the release and peacefulness that some people feel when it rains. It’s good to have the attitude of not just accepting, but also appreciating nature for what it is, rather than always comparing the changing weather to an imagined and ideal setting.

          I can appreciate the mystical atmosphere of night time and the qualities it has, so really want to tap into that beauty and magic you mentioned, by activating awareness and consciousness.

  • Thanks Vida! Hope everyone has a very meaningful equinox, and wishing all the best for the coming quarter whether heading into darkness or returning to the light.

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