The Spiritual Meaning Behind the Autumnal equinox& How To Celebrate
The last day of summer is fast approaching, and the autumn equinox is right around the corner, and will occur at precisely 4:02 E.S.T on Sept 22, 2017. Fall is a season for cuffing now, which is one of our last remaining animalistic exhorts to survive by staying warm. It is a hour for infinity scarves, for sweatpants, for pumpkin spice lattes, orange colored everything, and Halloween-themed tube socks. But it used to be much more than all that. There’s a lot to be said about the spiritual meaning behind the the fall equinox. In fact, fall being marked by the autumn equinox was known as the vacation of Mabon in the Pagan calendar. It marked a spiritual celebration to honor of the change of seasons, which used to pose a massive challenge to our survival as humans.
Today though, the fall equinox is simply one of the two days out of the year when the days and nights are equal in duration; the other is on the spring equinox. The festivities that accompany it, if you do celebrate it, are more symbolically spiritual than overtly religious, and there are a lot of ways to do that. The intents you define around this time will stay with you throughout the winter and carry you into the spring. Here are a few ways you can still celebrate that don’t involve dancing around a park with a leaf crown on.
Build An Altar
Pagans used to build altars to the change in season to celebrate the equinox, but since the phrase “building an altar” merely feels a little too serious for some of us, you could always dedicate a nod to the pagan ritual with a more modern kind of take over this practice, by placing some pumpkins on your doorstep, or simply hanging a wreath of autumn colors on your door. Anything that allows you to embrace the change of seasons and greet the approaching winter by greeting the shorter days and get into the spirit of change.
Tune Into Your Own Rhythm
Pagan is a very flexible religion, in that it honors an individual’s instincts, needs and longings. As the days grow shorter, you may find yourself tuning into yourself, going inward, and listening to your own inner voice. You could feel the need to slow down a little bit, to appreciate the moments outdoors while you still can, and to spend time in quiet reflection while you watch the seasons change.
You may get some messages about getting rid of old belongings, donating old coats and so forth to those who might be in need this winter. Follow your intuition on things like this. Get rid of waste isn’t only a portion of the equinox, it’s also part of what we’re drive to do while the sunshine is in Virgo. Regrouping to prepare for wintertime is always a smart notion, since we tend to hoard supplies and collect new items in the colder months.
Harvest The Fruits Of Your Labor
Obviously, fall is a day of harvest. The foliages are falling, but a new harvest is ready for harvesting and part of the Pagan celebration is honoring that. So, in another nod to the spiritual meaning behind the equinox, we could plant our own veggies, herbs, etc for springtime harvest, or we could sit back and reflect on the fruits of our own labor.
Think of where you were a year ago today, and how far you may have come in the time since then. You’ve most likely been working toward your own growth, so now is a good time to see how far you’ve “re coming” to set goals to carry you through the winter months.
We all celebrate the fall in our own ways, but if you’re like me and you dread the winter months, this is one way to embracing the inevitable changes coming your way and to believe optimistically about everything a new season brings you. Happy autumn!