The Autumn Equinox is one of the four potent crossroads in the year’s cycle. Many cultures through time have marked these four quadrant turnings with prayer, ceremony, and celebration. They symbolize gateways in the relationship of light and dark, spirit and matter, outer and inner life. These moments when the world stops to shift, offer animal and vegetable-life doorways of change. Death or life? Renewal -or Same-O-Same-O?
Ritual and ceremony create not only greater power and recognition of an event, but deeper connection to layers which remain hidden. Most of the modern world has lost its tribal roots as well as its dependence on ritual. We may be more connected with more people, but we depend less upon each other, and we rarely celebrate sacred moments. We cannot change the world, but we can we create a balancing between these polarities of loss and gain, sacred and profane, which in its own small way will contribute to transformation. This is a true and good undertaking at the four quadrants. Each of the portals offers a moment to focus intention, and step into a new demand. They are “energetic gateways” (Stephanie Austin) that support and re-set desire. The Fall Equinox, particularly, asks us to come out of extremes and re-align center. The question for this moment might be, “Which polarities do I want to continue dancing?”
It’s important to honor and use what is best of ancestral heritage, as well as leaving its tribal excesses behind. Mining and moving with the earth’s energies gives our efforts greater ease and support. We don’t fight the current so much. As the Sun moves into Libra on the Autumn Equinox, dance with the polarity of your own unique being and that of ‘the other.’ Place your choices on Libra’s ‘scale of justice,’ to tune in to your next smart move.