On September, 22, 2021 at 3:20 PM EDT, we arrive at the Autumn Equinox, the balance point between equal amounts of daylight and darkness. The Sun enters the sign of Libra, the scales, symbolizing the balance between the energies of outward, physical, yang manifestation with the inward, psychic, yin creativity. While Summer was a time of outward manifestation, autumn is a time of inward transformation. In nature, it is a time when seeds fall; the product of the summer transforms itself to become the seed of the next cycle. It is a time of inbreath, assimilation, reflection, and inner growth.
From the Equinox on, the days will shorten and the nights get longer. It is also the rhythm of our human nature to move from our busy time of “outer doing”, toward a more contemplative time of “inner being”. Autumn is a time for our inner muse to inspire our creativity to bubble up from deep within us. As we surrender to our inner nature, we can hear the still small voice within. Now is the time to prepare for this to occur most fruitfully, by setting our outer affairs in order, so that we will be ready when it calls.
The Autumn Equinox is celebrated as the Festival of Transformation known as Michaelmas, in honor of Archangel Michael. Michaelmas represents the creative integration of the physical universe with spiritual energy. It is an invitation to align with our Higher Self, to identify with the Christ within, and to allow the creative expression of the Christ Consciousness to flow through us. Autumn becomes a turning point, and a gateway to the celebration of the birth of Christ at Christmas and the Winter Solstice Festival of Identification.
September’s Full Moon on the 20th is known as the Harvest Moon. It is a time to reap the fruits of our labors, both tangible and intangible things. As we give thanks for the abundance and gifts we have received in our lives, the more it seems we do have. The more we have, the more we have to give. Since it is through giving that we receive, the cycle continues to increase our abundance. Autumn is the season of Thanksgiving. Giving thanks is like a prayer that elevates us to our higher nature, and has far-reaching healing effects in our world.
This Autumn Equinox, we all may feel like we are at a turning point. Since ancient times, September has been viewed as the beginning of the New Year, a time of resolution. The Jewish tradition of Yom Kippur, known as the day of public and private atonement, is observed as a sacred withdrawal from the world for 24 hours in order that our lives be renewed with passion and purpose. May we “be transformed by the renewing of our minds” as we hold the vision of the turning of the tide towards the highest good for us all.
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