It’s Harvest time. How does your garden grow?
Not just your physical garden, I mean how’s your spiritual garden? What projects that you started in the Spring or Summer, or even earlier, are ready to come to fruition? What idea seeds have sprouted? Which ones need to be composted instead?
Harvest time is rich time, especially internally rich. It doesn’t matter if you can’t see it or feel it or even put a name on it yet. Something has been growing. Including you.
The Autumnal Equinox marks the moment when the sun crosses the equator on its apparent journey southward.
We experience a day and a night that are of equal length. Astrologically speaking, this is the date in the northern hemisphere when the Sun enters the sign of Libra, the balance, which is on September 22nd.
It’s the time of the final harvest when many crops including apples, grapes, nuts, squash, corn, and berries are gathered. It is the time when the earth begins its natural turn toward winter and we return many plants to the underworld, where their seeds will gestate through winter and burst forth with new life in the spring.
There are two equinoxes, the one coming up and the one six months from now.
The Vernal, or Spring Equinox, when the Sun enters Aries around March 21, is the first day of spring. Equinoxes have a rich place in mythology and ancient tradition. From Stonehenge in the British Isles to the pyramids in Central America, ancient cultures created a means by which to measure the change of the seasons.
For example, the Anasazi Indians of Chaco Canyon, New Mexico, made a hole between some boulders that the sun could shine through. The shafts of sunlight made a dagger shape on the far wall. They drew a spiral there to mark the equinox. It is said that the Druids would cut wands from the willow trees at this time of year. The willow was sacred to them and the wands were seen as powerful tools for use in divination.
Mythically, this is the day when the god of light is defeated by his twin and alter-ego, the god of darkness. It is the time of year when night conquers day- propelling us toward the Winter Solstice which marks the longest night of the year. Mabon, a Welsh god who symbolizes the male fertility of the land, is associated with the autumnal equinox. In some myths, he is seen as the male counterpart to Persephone of the Greek myths.
During the weeks around this equinox, assess your harvest of the seeds of dreams and goals you planted earlier this year.
Analyze your progress, acknowledge your successes, and give thanks. Feast upon, enjoy and preserve the priceless treasures you have grown to full fruition in your life. Review your goals and acknowledge your successes. See what didn’t quite get done yet or became irrelevant as life happened. Weed out what has completed its cycle and nourish the roots of what you want to grow again in spring. After that equinox point of balance, the natural law encourages us to turn inward for growth.
This is a fabulous time to take stock, step back, review and draw in the blessings. Revel in all your heart-work paying off. Take advantage of this perfect opportunity to take a deep look inside yourself. In this season of receptive inward turning, new dreams and visions have a chance to reveal themselves, and we can more easily access the depths of our psyches. As within, so without.
By using the natural cycles for our personal growth, we engage in the support of the world around us in our quest for higher truth and knowledge. Congratulations on the fruits of your labors. It may not be ripe yet, or sweet, but it’s growing, and so are you. So is consciousness on the planet. As we all work together, even independently, we change and transform our world. Right alongside with changing and transforming ourselves. Isn’t it beautiful?
Happy Autumnal Equinox!