Welcoming my first autumn season in Italy feels like a dream. The heat from the summer has subsided and a soft, cool breeze has taken over the evening. Lidos have closed down its restaurants and families have left their summer homes. There’s quiet, gentle energy with a sense of peacefulness returning. With a hot tea in hand and a warm blanket around me, there’s not much more to ask for during this autumnal equinox.
What does Equinox mean?
The word ‘equinox’ comes from a Latin aequus, meaning “equal” and nox meaning “night.” On the equinox, day and night are nearly equal in length.
Depending on where you live in the world, either in the Northern or Southern hemisphere, this day marks the first day of Fall or the first day of Spring. Days become shorter than nights in the Northern Hemisphere as the Sun continues to rise later and nightfall arrives sooner. In the Southern Hemisphere, it is reversed.
Sunrise and Sunset
One of the most fascinating parts of this day is the direct alignment of the Sunrise and Sunset across the sky. Rising precisely from the eastern horizon and set exactly in the west. Not southeast to the northwest or anything in between. Which brings forth the energy of precision and opportunity to directly align the light within to what you seek.
This year’s harvest moon came before the equinox on September 10th, 2022. The reason for its name is pretty self-explanatory, but it’s the magic that it brings that really gets me. For three days during the month of the equinox, the Moon rises shortly after Sunset, illuminating the nights a little longer. This was extremely beneficial for farmers back in ancient times as they were able to harvest their crops into the night because of the Moon’s light.
The way our ancestors depended on the natural gifts of our earth is extraordinary. Some of us are seeking a return to this connection. To remember what life was before the great wound of disconnection from our Mother separated us all.
Fortunately, the change in seasons reminds us that Mother Nature is always in control
The Autumnal Equinox connects to our Solar Plexus and Sacral Chakra
Our Sacral Chakra is governed by our thoughts and feelings towards sexuality, emotions, creative expressions, pleasure, change, and intimacy. It is located in the lower abdomen right below the naval. Our Solar Plexus Chakra is linked to our confidence and self-esteem. Thoughts about the self in relation to our goals and what we are capable of creating. It is located in the upper abdomen right above the naval. As you can see, these two chakras are the yin and yang in your emotional body.
On this autumnal equinox, you can honor this change of season and region of the self by having a fire ceremony
Grab a journal and a colored pen in yellow or orange. Make a small little fire outside and sit next to its warmth. Begin to write out any thoughts or feelings that do not serve the highest self. That holds you back from pursuing what you deeply seek. Negative words that take away from your confidence and self-esteem. Feelings of unworthiness when it comes to your creative expression and personal intimacy.
Once written, fold the paper in a trifold and write on the front side, ‘I release.’ Then catch the piece of paper on fire and watch the energy take the form of the flame to disintegrate instantly. Repeat until you feel complete in your burn ceremony. Then write out the thoughts and feelings that boost your self-esteem and inspire your creative expression. Keep those written in your journal to remind you that yes, you are worthy to receive.
Enjoyed reading about the fall equinox? Check out our article earlier this year about Blossoming into Spring