Astrologically, the fall equinox always marks the day when the sun enters the sign of Libra, but this year, the equinox also brings a grand trine between the sun, Saturn, and the north node, which is the celestial point where the moon crosses the ecliptic plane as it heads north. Grand trines generally reflect flowing, harmonious energy and an emphasis on the qualities of whatever astrological element the associated planets or points are in—which is, in this case, air. That means you could feel a surge in cerebral, intellect-driven energy that’s particularly apt for this time of self-reflection.
Pair that with the cardinal energy of Libra season, and you have the recipe for active transition and transformation. “Cardinal energy emphasizes initiating change and moving forward in some way in our lives,” says Lang. “So from an astrological standpoint, the fall equinox is a favorable time for taking initiative.” She adds that because Libra is the third of the four cardinal signs, placing us halfway through the astrological year, “we’ll also have more perspective on things now than we did at the spring equinox in March.”
Because the meaning of the fall equinox is centered around both gratitude for the year’s highlights and transitioning to a new phase, you can honor its energy with an out-with-the-old or in-with-the-new ritual.
Start by preparing a space in your home to give thanks, says Crysler: “Here, you can honor the sacredness of light by setting things on your altar for which you are grateful, like pictures of people, objects that have positive symbolism for you, or anything else you love.”
To reflect the energy of autumn, Lang suggests incorporating objects in colors of brown, orange, gold, or red, as well as apples or apple cider, which are both associated with Libra season. “You can also work with herbs to create an oil blend that captures the essence of this holiday, incorporating chrysanthemum, marigold, sage, or blackberry into your ritual, too,” she says.
Once you’ve created a space for gratitude, light a candle to honor the end of the light summer season, and write a list of things for which you’re giving thanks, says Crysler. Similarly, you can also write a list of things that feel heavy or that which you’d like to release from your life. Then, say them all aloud to symbolically move them into and then out of your consciousness.
Because Libra rules over the seventh house of relationships and partnerships, it’s also possible that many of the things for which you’re grateful and from which you’d like to distance yourself at the moment may be linked to the people in your life. Consider what relationships might need a review, suggests Crysler. “Notice the people you feel good around, and those who make you feel drained,” she says. In this transitional time, making more space for those who uplift you—and perhaps setting boundaries in regard to those who don’t—can be a powerful way to move your life forward, with more flow.
1. MAKE A GRATITUDE LIST
The autumnal equinox is a time of harvest. Make a list of everything you are thankful for as a way of reaping your inner harvest. Better yet, start a gratitude journal. Gratitude brings abundance.
If you don’t know where to begin, start with the food you have to eat and the roof over your head. It will flow naturally from there. May your inner harvest be bountiful!
You may also like year-round gratitude activities and crafts for kids or these gratitude books that inspire thankfulness.
2. RESTORE BALANCE IN THE HOME
Restore balance in the home by doing a fall deep cleaning. Get rid of anything that you no longer need to make space for the new season. For chemical-free cleaning use essential oils for a healthy home.
3. MAKE NATURE CRAFTS
Creating fall crafts is a great way to welcome in the season.
4. BEGIN SOMETHING NEW
Solstices and equinoxes are a great time to let go of the old and begin anew. As the temperatures begin to cool and people begin to spend more time indoors it is a great time to begin a new project.
5. VISIT A LOCAL FARM OR ORCHARD
Head to a local farm to harvest items for a meal to celebrate the arrival of fall. Check out Visit an Apple Orchard, Visit a Pumpkin Patch, or Visit a Corn Maze for links to harvest dates and how to find a pick your own farm near you.
6. EAT A FALL HARVEST MEAL
Create a meal from local seasonal foods. Invite your friends and family over to enjoy the fall harvest. Have your guests join you in creating a gratitude and/or project list.
7. ADD FALL DECOR TO YOUR HOME
Decorate your home with fall decor and the fall crafts you made from suggestion #3
8. MEDITATE AND/OR PRACTICE YOGA
On the equinox, day and night, dark and light are balanced. Meditate and/or practice yoga to create inner balance.
9. HAVE OR ATTEND A BONFIRE
A bonfire is a great way to celebrate the equinox. Dance, sing, beat drums, play music, and celebrate the fall. Please be safe and follow city or county laws and regulations.
10. ESTABLISH A DAILY RHYTHM
Want to get things done this season? Establishing a rhythm will help you get organized and provide a framework for your day. It increases your ability to stay focused and get things done. Children also thrive on rhythms in the home.
11. GET OUTSIDE & CONNECT
Get outside and connect with what matters on the equinox.
There are many ways to celebrate the fall autumnal equinox. Create something meaningful for you and your family and you can’t go wrong.
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