On Thursday, September 22nd, around 10:21am, the sun will cross the celestial equator marking the point of the Autumnal Equinox in the northern hemisphere and the beginning of spring in the southern hemisphere. At this point the days and nights are of equal length, no matter where you might reside here on our Mother Earth.
Last week’s Full Moon became known as the Harvest Moon because of its relationship or proximity to the Autumnal Equinox. With the longer nights and the glow of the full moon, farmers are able to spend more time in the fields harvesting their crops and preparing for the cooler to colder days yet to come.
To honor and celebrate the Autumnal Equinox, many Native American tribes turn their focus to the West and give thanks and praise to all that sit in the West in their Medicine Wheel; e.g., Mother Earth, the buffalo, sage, maturity, the color black, formlessness, sunset, men, and the beginning of introspection.
It is a time of smudging and purification; the cleansing away of all that has been and an opening or invitation to all that will come. It is a time of preparation and movement; of preparing for the long winter months and moving inward and indoors.
Many of us today find ourselves being moved in much the same way. When the days get shorter, and the nights get longer, our natural inclination is to move inward. We will often begin experiencing a yearning for a little more quiet solitude, and a little less of our more boisterous, outgoing, fun-loving, frantic summer lifestyle. It is there in those quieter moments that our own innate wisdom has a chance to be heard, felt and understood.
With the Full Harvest Moon behind us and the Autumnal Equinox at our doorstep, lift your thoughts and heart in grace and gratitude.
- Take the time to go out-of-doors and feel the wind;
- Feel the cool, crispness of the morning breeze;
- In the morning, check out the waning gibbous moon in the western sky;
- Honor each of the directions … east for the dawning of the new day, the south for the passing summer months, west for the setting sun and the beginning of autumn, and the north for the coming winter and the perfection for all that there is;
- Remember and keep in your heart all that have honored you, whether recently or in the past;
- Look around you with gratitude all that you have accomplished; and,
- Find grace in all your life’s treasures and hardships, for they are your blessings.