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.
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 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:
- 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
- The Path of the Spiritual Sun: Celebrating the Solstices and Equinoxes by Belsebuub and Lara Atwood
- A calendar to check your local solstice time and date
- Mantras Related to the Autumn Equinox
- Mantras Related to the Spring Equinox
- Music Related to the Religion of the Sun
Have a wonderful and inspiring equinox everyone!
— The Spiritual Sun Team