The name equinox comes from the Latin aequus (equal) and nox (night), this occurs when days and nights are approximately equal in length. We have an equinox twice a year – spring and fall – when the tilt of the Earth’s axis and Earth’s orbit around the sun combine in such a way that the axis is inclined neither away from nor toward the sun – on the Northern Hemisphere, the sun is rising later now and nightfall comes sooner, while on the South of the Equator, spring is about to begin.
The earliest humans spent more time outside than we do. They used the sky as both a clock and a calendar. They could easily see that the sun’s path across the sky, the length of daylight, and the location of the sunrise and sunset all shift in a regular way throughout the year.
Our ancestors built the first observatories to track the sun’s progress. One example is at Machu Picchu in Peru, where the Intihuatana stone, shown below, has been shown to be a precise indicator of the date of the two equinoxes and other significant celestial periods. The word Intihuatana, by the way, literally means for tying the sun.
Another time precision instrument that arrived at our days from the European cultures is the Wheel of the Year, an annual cycle of seasonal festivals, observed by many modern Pagans, consisting of the year’s chief solar events (solstices and equinoxes) and the midpoints between them. While names for each festival vary among diverse pagan traditions, syncretic treatments often refer to the four solar events as “quarter days” and the four midpoint events as “cross-quarter days”, particularly in Wicca. Differing sects of modern Paganism also vary regarding the precise timing of each celebration, based on distinctions such as the lunar phase and geographic hemisphere.
In many traditions of modern Pagan cosmology, all things are considered to be cyclical, with time as a perpetual cycle of growth and retreat tied to the Sun’s annual death and rebirth. This cycle is also viewed as micro and macrocosm of other life cycles in an immeasurable series of cycles composing the Universe.
In the night sky, Fomalhaut – the autumn star for the Northern Hemisphere – is making its way across the heavens each night. It appears in a part of the sky that’s largely empty of bright stars. For this reason, in skylore, Fomalhaut is often called the Lonely One or Solitary One. It’s an easy Star to spot.
Astrologically, Jupiter square Neptune is a major planetary aspect occurring this year. There are three exact square aspects between January and September 2019, and we are now crossing the last one. The present conjunction brings some magically creative gifts that do, however, need some application and a certain amount of discipline to be fully realized. Developing our gifts to their full potential requires hard work. The realization that there are no shortcuts to success gives us a very strong faith. Our work is a manifestation of our hopes and dreams. It is a good time to develop our Inner Work, starting from self-observation about what we think, we talk, and we do.
September Equinox is on Monday, 23 September 2019, at 07:50 AM UTC. Please, check below your local time or consult the website here:
Los Angeles: Monday, September 23 at 12:50 AM PDT
New York: Monday, September 23 at 03:50 AM EDT
London: Monday, September 23 at 08:50 AM BST
Paris/Berlin: Monday, September 23, at 09:50 AM CEST
Hong Kong: Monday, September 23, at 03:50 PM HKT
For this specific time, we would like to suggest something different. People have a very stressful life on this planet, and the consequence of being in such an environment makes us developing the lack of connection with ourselves. In a way, everything external is more important than a moment of stillness, our senses have been used abusively to stay constant over stress and in survival mode. Understanding the meaning of the energies of this equinox, we invite you to join in a simple meditation that only takes what is really necessary – yourself!
Take your time to become quiet and comfortable. To start breathe-in and breathe-out (x3)… Be aware of who you are:
I AM Alive!
I AM a Soul!
I AM the completion of the whole that I AM!
I Honor and Enjoy the moment I gift to myself.
I AM Peace,
I AM Love,
I AM MY LIGHT,
I AM MY SHADOW,
I AM ONE with the Cosmic Consciousness:
here, now and forever.
Happy autumn, Northern Hemisphere!
Happy spring, Southern Hemisphere!
Prosperous season to everybody!
~ All you need to know: September equinox:
~ Jupiter Square Neptune September 21, 2019:
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~ Wheel of the Year: