Fall Equinox: As the sun begins to sink lower in the sky and the night becomes chilly and dark, before we even notice the changing of colours with our eyes, our senses tell us that the energy of summer is coming to a close.
The Exact Time of the Fall Equinox Varies by Time Zone
The Fall Equinox arrived at 10:30 am central time on Tuesday, September 22, 2020. The exact time of the fall equinox varies by time zone in North America. It signals the beginning of fall in the Northern Hemisphere and the start of spring in the Southern Hemisphere.
The word “equinox” comes from Latin and means “equal night,” referring to the roughly 12-hour day and 12-hour night that occurs only on the two equinox days of the year.
A Meaningful Time of Year to Honour the Harvest.
The Autumn Equinox is a meaningful time of year to honour the harvest. Whether that be a “real” harvest of the things planted in your garden or the harvest of efforts and intentions for your life path that you set earlier in the year.
The harvest season also means preparing for the winter season. Collection of food is important but also having the medicines we need to sustain us through the winter and enough to last us until we can once again gather them. The delicate balance between not too much, but enough to sustain. Leaving enough to allow growth once again in the springtime.
The Four Focal Points of the Year
Indigenous cultures also recognized earth-based wisdom and understood the four focal points of the year: The Winter Solstice, Spring Equinox, Summer Solstice, and Autumn Equinox; illuminated stages of an inner spiritual journey – a spiritual cycle that the individual takes within themselves.
As we consciously link our awareness to nature’s cycles, our understanding of our own cycles begin to deepen.
On the Fall Equinox, you may want to honour all that you have in your life and shift your consciousness from one of lack to one of prosperity and gratitude in some way through a small practise or ceremony. You might do this by lighting a candle, giving thanks, and speaking your gratitude for all that you are and all that you have, journaling, or setting aside a plate of food to share with a sacred fire or to put beside a poplar tree.
Spiritually speaking, fall represents the Harvest time of year, a time to acknowledge growth and expansion as a natural evolution of being. Our lives go through cycles of growth, harvest, death, and rebirth just as we see in nature.
Fall is the time of year that we set up our internal space and make room for what’s to come in the next year. We create room for our greater visions to grow, by allowing the empty space and silence to take hold of our internal spaces. When we clear our internal ground in the fall, we go into dormancy and then rest in the cold and darkness of Winter. We go into hibernation and become creative, but not by doing. By becoming quiet and listening to what is trying to emerge from within us.
Fall Equinox is The Time to Go Within and Empty Out Space
This is the time of year to go within and empty out space, composting our old ideas and using the energy they hold to make new and fertile soil for new creativity and matured visions.
Winter is the time of year for rest when the cold and freezing becomes the healing that sets the soil for Spring and our rebirth.
The significance of the Autumnal Equinox for the person walking the spiritual path is the time of year where we activate our new cycle of growth. As we become silent and rest we are allowing space for our greater vision to emerge.
As the days get shorter and the nights grow longer, we descend into the darkness of the night and face our own inner darkness—the darkness within, i.e. the ego and the subconscious—to prepare for the birth of the Light within, celebrated at the Winter Solstice.
The heart of spiritual practice is internal and is usually invisible and unnoticed by everyone else. By enacting the spiritual with a physical act, we can both recognize and make concrete our spiritual process that is part of our reality as a person on the spiritual path.
I encourage you to take some time this fall to acknowledge your life cycle and spiritual path. In doing so, you are honouring, not only your own growth and light within but the ancient wisdom that has served our health and wellness for thousands of years.
Kevin Koroscil (Nii Gaani Inini -Leading Man),
Traditional Care Counsellor, Spiritual Advisor