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What is the spiritual meaning of the Autumnal Equinox?
Any way you look at it, the Autumnal Equinox is easily translated into a spiritual vein. For centuries, it has been a way to recognize the blessing of life.
Before the days of supermarkets, and the convenience of readily available food, life was hard. People farmed the land and provided sustenance for themselves.
Weather, as always, has often been unpredictable as one of the many events that could destroy an entire mainstay of existence. Other problems such as mass insect infestations may have left weary crop farmers wondering how they would survive.
So it’s no wonder that when the harvest was bountiful, gratitude became important. Hence, many celebrations of thankfulness cropped up. These were heartfelt sources of joy.
But in the modern world what do we do? Do we say thank you for the grocery stores?
Our meditations will be different, of course. We may not even see this time as much different than any other. But we are here thanks to our ancestors, and for this we can pay the same homage to the magic of the universe.
The plane of Earth’s orbit is changing and after the Equinox on September, 22nd, the Moon will begin a display of stunning beauty, and will be looking larger than life. We will begin to see this bit by bit as the Earth’s elliptic changes and ushers all into the Autumnal Equinox.
This time of year is all about Libra. The balancing scales are symbolic in that night and day are considered equal on or around this time of year. Libra’s ruling planet is Venus. But the sign of Libra is “exalted” in Saturn.
If there is any one sign that represents work, it is Saturn. The work involved in making life abundant is seen through the symbolism of the grim reaper. The key word here is reaping.
What we may want to reap is more wisdom, or peace in the world, or in our own personal lives.
So on this day of September 22, 2013, take time and spend a quiet moment focusing on the magic of life. Our personal happiness is just that - personal. Let those innermost heartfelt issues come into clear focus. Be sure that important relations are in tact.
Chances are, the family is the most cherished. Friends are important. Because we all have these attachments in life, we should take time to acknowledge how precious these close ones are to us.
Avoid any conflicts on this day. Harsh impressions can linger for the next three months.
A meditation may include loving thoughts of favorite people, the joy of abundance. Light some candles in the evening to set a contemplative atmosphere, clear your mind and think of the best parts of life.