Updated: Oct 23, 2019
Today, March 21, sees us at the Autumnal Equinox for the Southern Hemisphere and the Vernal Equinox if you're in the North. What is Autumnal Equinox?
Scientifically it is equal hours of day and night in a 24 hour period. It is also the first official day of Autumn in the Southern hemisphere. Plants, trees, and animals don't have calendars or watches (who knew?) and so they don't follow the Roman calendar like us and no one has been able to tell them that Autumn started on March 1st - apparently (we are, after all, all knowing humans and what does Mother Earth know, right? I mean, it's totally normal to have 36C in Autumn...) My point is that this is a seasonal change date. Important for many different reasons but mostly, from an evolutionary perspective, it signalled a time for humans and plants alike, to start winding down and preparing for the cold months ahead. It was a signal that the world was going to become more introspective. It was a reminder that this was a last ditch effort to harvest what you could in order to be ready for the seasonal death of the Earth through barrenness and harsh cold. From an energetic perspective Equinox is a time to begin slowing down. It is an opportunity to celebrate the things that have come to pass over the last 2 preceding seasons, from Spring through Summer. It is a time to honour and recognise the successes, lessons, challenges, hardships, fun, excitement, and joy that has transpired through the landscape of your life. Autumn is a time to gather and harvest your remaining resources and prepare for the inward journey that is Winter. I know many look to Autumn as just the precursor to Winter and rue the seasonal change that it indicates, wishing for the warmth and sun that is Summer. Truth is, we cannot travel half the seasonal year. We cannot only live in the sun and the light, we must learn to travel the dark. Autumn is a preparation for the descent into our own psyches where we face truths that might be a little uncomfortable but are there to help us grow and transform. Autumn is a chance to pull the reserves into yourself and build your cocoon. What can you do to work with the Equinox energy? 🍂 Spend time outside, even if for 5 minutes and thank the Sun for the warmth of the Summer. Thank him for his light and for being your guide. Tell him you will see him and welcome him again soon. 🍂 Journal, collage, speak, dot point, reminisce on the successes, mistakes, lessons, hardships, and joys of the last 12 months. What has come to pass? Cry, yell, laugh, dance your feelings. They all need expression and are ALL valid.
🍂 Calculate what you need to make it through winter. I will write more on this at a later date but for now you can consider it Your Winter Survival Guide. 🍂 Nourish your body with seasonal foods and start to seasonally adapt your diet and eating habits to change with the weather. For more information you may want to consider researching warming and cooling foods in Tradition Chinese Medicine 🍂 Cook a Equinox feast or even a single meal that symbolises and honours the change in the season. Pumpkins, apples, breads, grains, and wine are all associated with this harvest time. 🍂 Take a walk through nature, gathering talismans as you travel to create a Equinox altar 🍂 Hold a Gratitude Service or Ritual Whatever you choose to do and however you choose to honour this day, take a moment to reconnect with this important Wheel of the Year point and if you happen to snap a shot of your celebrations/rituals/moments feel free to share on social media with the #thegatewayadelaide. I'd love to see your in your world.