2018 Autumnal Equinox

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What is the Equinox?

The word “equinox” is derived from Latin, and it means “equal night”. So on both the Autumnal and Vernal Equinox, the length of the day and night are said to be almost the same; however, this isn’t exactly true. During an equinox, the Sun is directly above the Equator; and during this time, both the tilt of the Earth’s axis and its orbit around the sun combine in such a way that the axis is inclined neither toward or away from the Sun.

While here in the Northern Hemisphere, we will start to experience more Fall-like weather, those living in the Southern Hemisphere are going to be moving into more Spring-like days, just as we experience Spring around the time of the Vernal Equinox, as they begin to experience Fall. 

When is the Equinox?

In the Northern Hemisphere, the Autumnal Equinox will take place on Saturday, September 22nd, 2018. 

 How to Spend Your Day

Of course, everyone should look within themselves to best determine how to spend their time, particularly on this day, but if you aren’t quite sure where to start or nothing is calling to you, here are some of my suggestions (a lot of these are based on the astrological significance of this day, which I will further explain later on in this post):

Practice Gratitude

Taking time to sit and reflect on, or even write down, some things that you are grateful for is an amazing way to bring in the Fall season. The Autumnal Equinox signifies we are moving into the later part of the year, with just over three months left before a new year begins, so taking the time to really reflect on what has occured so far this year and focus on the things that have happened that you are grateful for is a good tone to set during this transitional period. As the days begin to grow shorter and turn colder, being grateful helps bring a sense of lightness and warmth to your day that will hopefully continue in the coming months. This would be a great time to start jotting down a few things that you are greatful for each day or taking time at either the beginning or end of each day to focus on gratitude.

Clean Up/Organize

Almost any time there is a change in season, it is a great time to do some cleaning and/or organizing around your home or office. Clearing your space of items that are no longer serving you or that are just creating chaos or clutter into your life, helps you feel lighter, freer, and less tied down. It may also bring about a sense of clarity, reduce stress, and promote better relaxation. This is also especially helpful as we tend to spend more time inside as the days grow shorter and colder, so creating a space that feels open and organized is particularly beneficial. 

Spend Time With Loved Ones

Spending time with those we care about on a significant day may help foster a greater sense of connection and sense of belonging, which always feels good! Taking a few moments to focus on how good this feels and really taking it in could help you in any bleaker days to come. After all, everything is connected and remembering this is not only good for us, but for all of the beings we share this planet with!

Spend Time Outdoors

Connecting with Mother Nature is a beautiful way to spend the start of a new season! Spending time outside instills a greater sense of awareness as well as connectedness. It also promotes relaxation and reduces stress. If the Sun is shining, the boost in Vitamin D production is very mood-enhancing and good for your overall health and well-being. The Autumnal Equinox is an especially good time to enjoy the warmer days we are still experiencing before colder and darker days set in. 

Practice Yoga or Meditation

Making a special time to connect with yourself and look within is good to do always, but especially as we enter a transitional period. This a good time get clear about the direction you are headed and what you want to focus on as well as what you are ready to let go of in your life. Sometimes, it’s almost impossible to make room for the new if we are still holding on to the old-whether it be stuff, bad habits, negative patterns of thinking, self-limiting beliefs, or anything else. If it’s holding us back and keeping us from being the most authentic version of ourselves, it’s time to let it go and make space for the new. Being in a yoga or meditation practice are both amazing ways to be with what comes up in the present moment and look within to deal with anything you may have been ignoring or resisting. 

So those are my top suggestions for how to spend your day during the Equinox, the best thing to do is what most resonates with you and what you feel will best serve you now and in the days to come!

Astrological Significance

The Autumnal Equinox takes place with the Sun still in Virgo, at least for one final day, before entering the peaceful and harmonious sign of Libra. With the Sun still in Virgo, it’s a great time to get to work on something, likely something requiring attention to detail. Maybe finishing a project you’ve started and put off or finally cleaning up and organizing your space. But don’t make this day all work and no play! During this Equinox, the Moon will still be in lighthearted, friendship-focused Aquarius, but will then be transitioning into the emotional and intuitive sign of Pisces; so this is also a good time, as mentioned above, to spend time with friends and loved ones, fostering a sense of connection and belonging. The Moon in Aquarius may call for some spontaneity, and with it transitioning into Pisces, this means it’s a good time to trust your intuition. Sometimes the best plan is not having one and doing what is calling to you in the moment! So no matter what you do, this transitional Moon will likely be asking for you to interact more with those around you, with the Pisces aspect directing us to see them and appreciate them for who they are! This is further reinforced with the Sun about to make its move into Libra, which rules relationships and promotes connection. The Moon in Aquarius also signifies a great time to change up your routine or create a new, desired habit; so maybe practicing gratitude as mentioned above, taking your yoga practice or daily run outside, or anything that is calling to you, especially earlier in the day! Listen to that voice within, and don’t think too much about it, which sometimes happens in an Aquarian Moon. Resist the temptation to overthink all of it, and just do what feels right, like a Pisces! 

Wishing all of you many blessings this Autumnal Equinox!

“While half of the world lives Autumn, the other half lives Spring. Have you noticed how balanced our life always is?” -Roxana Jones 

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