Autumnal Equinox – Sept 22nd – 2014
A time to release – The Autumnal Equinox is a time of inner reflection and preparation, of going within and reflecting on where you are. Traditionally, the fall equinox is seen as “Natures Thanksgiving” with apples being a symbol of female energy and nuts being the male energy. In the great cycle of life this is the season that celebrates the death of the year as trees release their leaves. It is a time to harvest what you need and shed what does not serve you. In Celtic tradition this celebration is called Mabon.
Connect with the season by internalizing the oranges, yellows, and reds of the surrounding trees and ask yourself, “What about me has changed in the past year? What am I willing to give up so that I may come back in the new year as full of life as the new spring around me? Release what you must to prepare for the upcoming season of rebirth that begins on the Winter Solstice. In between you will honor your ancestors on Samhain.
The autumnal equinox occurs when the Sun crosses the celestial equator from the northern half of the sky to the southern half of the sky. Consequently, daytime and nighttime are both about 12 hours long. The Sun rises due east and sets due west on the equinox date. In the southern hemisphere seasons are reversed. So, the September equinox actually marks the beginning of spring.
The Equinox reminds us to come into balance with ourselves and our world.
A guided meditation: To help you release and receive
Find an area with trees who’s leaves are changing. Sit comfortably on the ground and close your eyes. Feel the ground become softer beneath you as you sink into the grass. Deeply breathe in the crisp, clean air, the smell of drying grasses, the harvesting of the hay and apples. As you visualize the delights of autumn, slowly begin to reflect on what the past year has brought you: new beginnings, endings, miracles and opportunities. Allow yourself to release those thoughts that no longer serve you. Visualize placing them one by one into your left palm. Accept them as insights from your life this past year. Without them, would you have grown as much? See the value in the lessons they brought you. Allow them to float out of your hand and be carried away on the wind. Feeling the sun on your face and the warmth it brings, begin to imagine all of the abundance that has come to you in the past year. Each gift, smile, kind word and deed, love, and the bounty of mother earth has provided you. Silently relive the happiness of each one as you imagine slipping them into the palm of your right hand. Allow them to float out of your hand and be carried away on the wind. Feel the warmth of gratitude flowing through you from the top of your head and into your toes. Breathe in and out with gratitude. Stay here for as long as you wish and then begin to slowly open your eyes to the world around you. Stand up and allow yourself to feel like a tree. Imagine roots growing from the base of your feet deep into the earth. Raise your arms to the sky and wave them in the wind as if they were branches. Feel the strength of your core body as if it were the trunk. Stand in this pose as long as you are comfortable and breathe in the balancing beauty of life. Thank all that is around you for holding space for you to connect within….
Enjoy this sacred week of harvesting and releasing with gratitude and balance….
“For man, autumn is a time of harvest, of gathering together. For nature, it is a time of sowing, of scattering abroad. – Edwin Way Teale –