Welcome to this site specifically dedicated to the Equinoxes and Solstices. Every three months I produce a write-up for the current equinox or solstice. I primarily draw them up through a combination of astrology, meditation, traditional and seasonal observations.
Four times a year the seasons change at the Equinoxes and Solstices. Looking at what this season means to you, what is happening in nature and the environment can be helpful in understanding how individually we fit into the bigger picture.
There can be a sense of being in alignment with the natural rhythm of the Earth and this in turn can help us maintain a sense of balance when life appears to be turbulent. Meditations and self-care tools can be found on the Meditation Page.
The most current write-up is on this page and previous one is on the Equinoxces/Solstices page and the drop down pages in that section. The previous one on the main page and the others filed in Equinoxes or Solstices.
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Autumn Equinox 2020
“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.” - Rumi
The autumn as ever is a time to bring in the harvest and take stock, prepare for the winter; balance the books. More than ever this applies to all aspects of our lives - physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. At this time of year the weather is notoriously unpredictable which in turn can be mirror uncertainty in our day to day living.
There may be a restlessness to change our world, but however challenging the outside world is, we are equally being given a chance to continue working on ourselves, our personal relationships and what community means to us at the moment. What can we carry forward from the last autumnal equinox, what can we let go of, what are we unsure about? Are we living in the past or are we projecting too far into the future? What did we learn about Truth and how we discerned our personal truth during the Spring Equinox/Summer Solstice? What is your intuition telling you as opposed to your instinct or the influence of others which can lead to us losing a sense of self?
Some of the challenges of this equinox will be about balance with adherence to convention one moment then tilting out of balance the next which may be influenced by misplaced loyalties, misunderstandings, power struggles, a desire to be perverse/hedonistic. Taking time to reflect, to be still, and not overreact will be essential. Finding glimmers of joy within the chaos will help overcoming toxicity such as overwhelming frustration, fear and anger. If we can identify the source of our personal chaos, it can gives us something concrete to work through, taking personal responsibility where we can and digging deeply to respond with clarity.
We are going through an individual and collective grief process, whether we are aware of it or not. This grief process effects everyone in different ways and is certainly not linear. Loving kindness, respect and compassion are the best tools to offer others as well as giving them to ourselves.