Fall, with its colorful leaves and cozy vibes, is my favorite season. While we might start our fall festivities right after Labor Day, the actual start of fall, known as the Autumn Equinox, is when the sun aligns with the equator, making day and night equal.
What is the Autumn Equinox?
The Autumn Equinox is both a seasonal and astrological event. It marks a period for introspection and heightening spiritual consciousness. Coincidentally, this equinox also signals the beginning of Libra season, which lasts roughly from September 23 to October 23.
When is the 2023 Autumn Equinox?
The sun's position isn't constant; it changes yearly. For 2023, the Autumn Equinox falls on Saturday, September 23 at 2:50 a.m. ET, or Friday, September 22 at 11:50 p.m. PT. On this day, the sun not only aligns with the equator.
Why is the Autumn Equinox Important?
This equinox is a pivotal moment in the year, marking our progression from one season to another. As summer memories fade and winter nears, the equinox ushers in autumn. Historically, it's also the onset of the harvest period in the Northern hemisphere - a time to gather resources and brace for the colder months.
What's the Spiritual Connection?
Every season is a fresh start. Autumn, with its chilled ambiance, seems particularly ripe for introspection. It's culturally synonymous with harvesting, which is symbolic of reaping the rewards of past efforts. This season prompts us to cherish what matters, let go of the unnecessary, and reset before the year ends.
Various global traditions celebrate this equinox. In the UK, the harvest festival is observed on the Sunday nearest to the equinox's full moon. Meanwhile, druids gather at Stonehenge, and in Japan, people honor the departed due to a Buddhist tradition called Ohigan.
The equinox transitions us from the meticulous Virgo season to the harmonious Libra season. This shift pushes us towards social interactions, enhancing our surroundings, and organizing more social events as the year proceeds.
Interestingly, in 2023, this equinox is close to Mercury ending its retrograde phase, hinting at improved communications and collaborations. Moreover, a significant lunar event during the Libra season, a solar eclipse on October 14, will inspire reflections on relationships and life balance.