Exploring Mystical Significance of the Fall Equinox
Do you know what the fall equinox is and why it’s so significant? Let’s dive into the mystical significance of this celestial event. The Fall Equinox, also known as the Autumnal Equinox, is an astronomical event that marks the beginning of fall in the Northern Hemisphere. It usually occurs around September 22nd or 23rd and is characterized by equal amounts of daylight and darkness. During this time, the sun crosses the celestial equator, and day and night are approximately the same length.
The Fall Equinox has been celebrated by many cultures and religions for thousands of years. In many traditions, this time of year is associated with harvest, abundance, and thanksgiving. It is seen as a time to give thanks for the harvest and to prepare for the coming winter months.
In addition to its cultural significance, the Fall Equinox is also considered to be a time of spiritual significance. Many people believe that this is a time when the veil between the physical and spiritual worlds is thin, making it easier to connect with the divine. It is seen as a time to release old patterns and habits and to embrace new beginnings. Some also believe that the Fall Equinox is a time of balance and harmony, both within ourselves and in the world around us.
Preparing for the Future: The Significance of Fall in Clearing Our Internal Space
As fall approaches, it’s time to make space for the upcoming year. By allowing silence and emptiness to take over our internal spaces, we create room for new growth and greater visions. As we clear our minds during this season, we enter a period of dormancy and rest, taking time to hibernate and listen for what our inner selves are trying to reveal. Rather than taking action, we become still and attentive, waiting for new creativity and matured visions to emerge. This is the perfect time to let go of old ideas, compost them, and utilize their energy to create fertile soil for new beginnings.
Observing Balance and Harmony during the Fall Equinox
Equinox is a significant day for maintaining balance in nature since there is an equal amount of light and darkness. In honor of this day, Neelam Kataria, Shakti instructor, shares a ritual to promote balance and harmony in our lives. To truly make the most of this special day, it’s important to plan ahead by balancing work and leisure time equally. On September 23rd, strive to create the perfect environment for both aspects of your life.
A Daily Routine for Balance and Productivity
Start your day off right with a little self-care for your mind, body, and spirit. Some quick meditation or yoga, a bit of journaling, or a moment of prayer can help you feel centered and inspired. Consider doing Nadi Shodhana, a pranayama practice that balances the energy channels Ida and Pingala, to further enhance your morning routine. Our class, Om sweet Om on Saturday is a perfect place to start learning this pranayam. Don’t worry if you’re new to this practice; start with just a few rounds and work your way up.
Next, take some time to organize and clean your work-from-home space or office. Add something to this space that represents balance for you, such as a houseplant, a picture of your favorite vacation spot or reflecting change of season, check out our Paint night at Shakti- Fall edition or add a softer cushion on your chair.
Maintaining Balance and Reflection in Life
It’s essential to take a moment to reflect on your life and identify areas that may be out of balance. Dedicate yourself to making lifestyle changes that can help you find greater harmony. Writing your thoughts in a journal can be particularly helpful, as well as creating three small action steps. Here are some ideas to get started on your journey to balance:
Take a walk in nature:
** Step outside and observe how the trees, air, and light have shifted. Take pictures of things you see on a daily basis, and compare them to photos you take in upcoming seasons to observe the power of seasonal change.
Read out loud:
Break up your binge-watching by gathering around a book and reading it out loud. This lost art has been making a comeback during these times and can enhance creativity and mental focus.
Bring the outside in:
Use small reminders of the season to help you feel connected to nature and the passing of time. Gourds as a centerpiece, a bowl of fresh apples, scattered acorns, or fallen leaves can all help.
Love and Light