September Equinox – The Spiritual Meaning of Equinoxes

On September 22, at 9:31 AM ET, the Equinox is taking place. Equinoxes have been celebrated for millennia: they were considered among the most important days of the year in many esoteric and pagan traditions, as they have a specific and powerful spiritual meaning.

Each year we witness two Equinoxes, one in March and one in September. The Autumnal Equinox is commonly referred to as Mabon or Second Harvest in pagan mythology, while the Spring Equinox is also known as Ostara.

The Equinox is traditionally considered a time of transition, contemplation, gratitude, and a fresh start. As we enjoy the results of the work we have done so far, we also have the chance to let go of what we no longer want to bring with us and start a new cycle of growth. An energetic portal opens, giving us the opportunity to align with the cosmic flow and make significant changes in our lives.

 

September Equinox: Aligning to the Cycles of Nature

 

What happens in Nature at this time of the year reflects what happens within each and every one of us. No matter where in the globe you live, we are all experiencing an inner shift: September Equinox inaugurates a time of metamorphosis and spiritual growth.

For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, Autumn begins. From now on, days get shorter, temperatures drop, and, after being out and about during Summer, we naturally feel the need to retreat, to spend more time at home and with our loved ones.

The Autumnal Equinox represents a time of harvest that inaugurates the preparation for wintertime and the colder months. We are entering an introspective and reflective phase: we are encouraged to cultivate gratitude, to appreciate the progress we have done, and shift our focus within to integrate the experiences we made.

In the Southern Hemisphere, the vernal equinox now occurs: this astronomical event signals the arrival of Spring. Slowly, Nature starts blooming while animals wake up and begin mating. Days will be longer and warmer and the hours of light available will increase: everyone feels more energetic, enthusiastic, and lively.

The Spring Equinox symbolizes a fresh start, the beginning of a phase of exploration and curiosity. It is traditionally associated with purification and rebirth, and it represents the perfect time for energetically cleansing your body and your home.

 

Finding Balance between Light and Darkness

 

The word “equinox” means equal night in Latin. On an Equinox, the Sun is in perfect alignment with the Equator: for this reason, day and night have nearly the same length.

It is not a coincidence that Equinoxes correspond to the beginning of Aries season and Libra season (read Libra 2020 Season article here), the Zodiac signs representing the Self and the Other. Aries and Libra are both Cardinal signs that mark the beginning of seasons and the start of a new cycle of growth.

On an Equinox, we witness a rare balance between light and dark that has the potential to increase our self-awareness, allowing us to meet our own shadow with compassion. Any Equinox represents an invitation to reflect upon any imbalances in our personal lives and our relationships with other people. During the transit of the Sun through Libra, we have the chance to work on what comes up and develop more self-awareness.

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The energetic portal opening on the Equinox facilitates deeper levels of understanding of ourselves, of other people, and of the unconscious dynamics at play in any situation, offering us a fantastic opportunity to balance our inner masculine and feminine energies.

 

The History of Equinoxes

 

Ancient and sophisticated observatories of the sky can be found all over the world. People were aware of the fact that the locations of sunrise and sunset change slightly day by day, and they built specific sacred sites to measure and celebrate the changing of seasons.

In several places in Europe, people used huge stones to build circular monuments that, thanks to their perfect alignment with the movements of the Sun, would signal the arrival of the Solstice or the Equinox. Stonehenge is one of the most famous ancient astronomical and sacred sites, composed of huge monoliths placed in concentric rings. Modern pagans and Druids still gather there nowadays, waiting for the Sun to rise on the Solstice or Equinox, performing rituals and celebrations of the harvest season.

Native American Tribes of the Northern Hemisphere have been performing harvest festivals for a very long time at this moment of the year. The Harvest Full Moon is the one closest to the Equinox and represents the peak moment of their celebrations. During their ceremonies, happening only after the harvest has been stored and processed, people of the community gather and bring offerings for the elders of the Tribe, for the ancestors, and for Spirit. Everybody honors the Earth and gives thanks for the abundance she blesses us with.

In the Southern Hemisphere, Incas used to honor the Equinoxes on top of the sacred mountain of Machu Picchu, in Peru. There, they placed a giant stone known as Intihuatana. Each year, at noon on each Equinox, the shadow of Intihuatana disappears, signaling the exact alignment of the Sun with the Equator. Their holy stone forms an exact alignment with the Cardinal Points: North, South, East, and West. Each one of them marks either a Solstice or an Equinox, hence the beginning of a season.

Australian Aboriginals have celebrated Ostara as a time of renewal and rebirth for thousands of years. Sacred astronomical sites have been found throughout Australia too, where huge stones were positioned in perfect alignment with the rays of the Sun during Equinoxes and Solstices. Ancient peoples would gather at these spots to anticipate and celebrate the change of season: for some of them, this represented a time to seek out new food supplies and change their habitual routines.

 

September Equinox: Attuning with the Energy of the Sun

 

For thousands of years, cultures all over the world have honored the changing of seasons. It was a way to keep track of time and to celebrate the journey of the Earth around the Sun, source of life, light, and vitality for all beings.

In the past, people believed that during Solstices and Equinoxes the veil between dimensions gets thinner, and that it becomes easier to contact and communicate with entities, spirits, and beings from other planes.

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This is an extremely potent time that we can harness to align with the energy of the Sun and perform healing practices such as Sungazing at sunrise or sunset. Sungazing has the potential to raise our vibration, remove energetic blockages, and facilitate the activation of our pineal gland and Third Eye Chakra.

September Equinox represents an invitation to attune and synchronize with the frequency of the Cosmos and to set specific intentions for our spiritual journey. In what areas of life do you want to shine? How do you want to be seen? What do you want to manifest on your path? Where do you feel you have more room for growth? How are you choosing to expand?

 

Spiritual Growth, Facing Darkness and Embracing Light

 

In ancient Greek mythology, the Autumn Equinox marks the beginning of the six-month period that Persephone spent into the Underworld with her husband, Hades, corresponding to the planet Pluto in modern Astrology. Demeter, Goddess of Agriculture and Fertility and mother of Persephone, would mourn the loss of her daughter by making the Earth infertile during Autumn and Winter.

In the Northern Hemisphere, Mabon reminds us that the descent into the shadows is a necessary rite of passage, an integral part of our ascension process. Yet, just as the Sun after wintertime, we will rise from the darkness stronger and wiser.

In the Southern Hemisphere, Ostara represents the return of Persephone from the Underworld. The Earth blooms on the Spring Equinox, as Demeter gets to see her daughter again for the next six months. Ostara reminds us that there can’t be darkness without light and vice versa, and that, after a period of grieving and crisis, abundance and joy will be available to us again.

“The path isn’t a straight line; it’s a spiral. You continually come back to things you thought you understood and see deeper truths.” ― Barry H. Gillespie

At this time, some of us may feel that we are going backward, but we are actually progressing. The spiritual teaching of Equinoxes is that light and darkness are equally important for our growth. Going through a dark night of the Soul or a difficult phase of our life doesn’t mean we are not in alignment with our path: it is often the opposite.

We are at a turning point in human history: the darkness that has been long hidden is emerging and it is now impossible to ignore or bypass. The Equinox encourages us to understand that facing our personal and collective shadow is part of the journey. The cosmic energies of this moment support our search for balance and inner alignment during these uncertain and volatile times, and remind us that light will always find a way.

Comment below with what resonated with you the most and tap on the heart if you enjoyed this article. Happy September Equinox! 🙂

April Astrology Update – Revolutionary Shifts Continues

April’s astrology continues to usher in the revolutionary shifts of 2020. It’s a month to remember the power of our choices, actions and decisions. We are invited to learn not everything that is real is physical; embracing out multidimensionality will change the world. This month takes courage but we are all here for a reason. We were all born for these times. We are each capable and powerful.

 

Venus enters Gemini

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April’s astrology updates kick off with Venus making moves. Venus, the planet of relationships, harmony and pleasure will receive some uplighting energy as she enters Gemini. However, she is due to retrograde in May. This retrograde will also be occurring in Gemini. Which means that there is much to learn and many ways to grow when it comes to our relationships. This includes our relationships to ourselves, our minds, communication and each other.

The best place to start is our relationships to what’s in the ethers and not always seen. This includes everything from wifi, to our ideas, to our hearts.

 

Jupiter Conjunct Pluto

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April’s astrology is a continuation of the intensity. We’ve been feeling a build up and while this is a climax, the energetic effects will ripple out into the rest of the year. This energy began in January 2020. Take a moment to think back upon everything that has transpired since then. What have we learned? Where have we shifted?

With Mars and Saturn nearby these shifts are sure to be felt. Thankfully the benevolence of Jupiter’s participation is opening the world to unimaginable potential.

We are rebuilding the systems that were established the last time Pluto was in Capricorn which was the in the late 1700s. There is a resurgence of power coming to the masses and this alignment supports the people.

 

Full Moon in Libra

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April’s astrology is inviting us to look up at the Full Moon in all her glory and see ourselves as a reflection of her perfection.

This full moon is one of independence. We will see the roles we each play while also intimately understanding our connections to all things. Black Moon Lilith and Juno are squaring off. This opposition is inviting us to embrace many sides of ourselves.

We’re asked to realize the varying roles we each play.

The lover, the partner, the badass, the parent, the child, the renegade, the creative, the employee… the list goes on and on.

 

Mercury in Aries

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April’s astrology includes a shift regarding the energy of Mercury. This is a time of being hyperaware of our communication habits and tendencies. Even though thoughts and words are non physical, they carry immense power. We are invited to harness our full potential by commandeering our minds and journeying along the cutting edge of space and time.

 

Taurus Season (Sun Enters Taurus)

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April’s astrology brings a welcomed shift after the heat of Aries season (March 20-April19). The Sun is illuminating the energy of the steady and stabile Taurus. Our lesson will be to slow down and enjoy some Earthly pleasures.

Taking time to count our blessings may not feel like the easiest thing, and we may feel shell shocked from recent transits. However, if we invest in what feels right and just we will be surprised how quickly positive change can occur.

The Sun’s transit through Taurus will be illuminating the energy of Uranus. Uranus is currently in Taurus and the last time the world saw this transit was 1934 to 1942.  Back then the world saw the end of the great depression. While there is messaging suggesting we are on the verge of a new depression, what if we’ve been in one and now is the time to rise out of it? What if now is the time to reinvent economics are we know it and return to a system built upon true value?

 

New Moon in Taurus

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April’s astrology includes a potent New Moon in Taurus. The soils of Taurus are fertile ones and whatever we choose to plant during this alignment will prosper. This is an invitation to choose our seeds wisely.

On Earth we have been led to believe in the material world. We worship brands, purchases and Earthly desires. There is nothing inherently wrong with this and it’s all part of the human experience. However, it’s now mandatory to understand there is more to life than physical gains and the satisfaction of desires.

We are opening our awareness up to a new frequency. Taurus energy is associated with the surface and the tangible. We now have a chance to integrate worlds. This New Moon asks us to embrace our physical and non physical nature. When we live with an energetic awareness we become channels of a new vibration on the planet. The frequency we anchor changes worlds.

Can we see 3D reality as the tip of the iceberg? Can we feel that within everything there is a deeper energy? Can we commit to looking below the surface? Can we embrace change? Can we welcome our multidimensionality?

 

Ceres enters Pisces

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April’s astrology is inviting us to understand Ceres. Ceres’ energy is associated with the mother archetype. She’s how we mother ourselves and how we care for others. The energy of Pisces is sensitive territory. We have all been through an immense journey lately and this transit invites us to get close to our sensitive sides. Like the love of an unconditional mother, Ceres is here to tend to our wounds.

 

Pluto Retrograde

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April’s astrology brings an epic and palpable shift. Pluto is serious business, especially in the sign of Capricorn. Capricorn rules the establishment, power and the systems we adhere to. Since 2008 Pluto has been working to rebuild everything that has been enacted since the late 1700s.

We have been witnessing and participating in the dawn of a new age. Now the ball is in our courts and the next move is up to us… Spoiler alert humanity is fully capable of reclaiming the power of the people.

 

Pallas enters Aquarius

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April’s astrology offers a powerful opportunity to foster a relationship to Pallas. Pallas’s energy is associated with the archetype of the father. Pallas energy is reason, logic and the rules. It’s the provider; the one who will pull through for us all.

Of course, not all of us will have had this type of relationship with our human fathers, but as Pallas transits Aquarius we are invited to find support from alternative means. We are invited to reinvent ourselves and who we allow to control us. We are asked to be our own providers.

This transit will highlight our relationship to technology, it’s important to become aware of whether we own our devices, or if they own us.

Stay tuned, we are going to be publishing articles and talking more in depth about each of these events. Comment below if you are excited about what’s to come in this new month of April, and let us know which event you are excited about the most and why? 🙂

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Mercury In Pisces: Energy Speaks Louder Than Words

From March 16th until April 12th 2020 the planet Mercury will be transiting the constellation of Pisces. This energy will be asking us to review the recent Mercury retrograde which occurred between February 17th and March 10th.

 

Mercury, the Planet of Communication

 

Mercury’s symbolism is connected to communication. It’s how we speak to ourselves and what we say to others. This includes everything from our thoughts and ideas to our spoken or written words. We can think of Mercury as a super computer; constantly compiling data, drawing details and assessing the situation.

Mercury is concerned with what we think about a situation. We experience Mercury’s energy any time we are trying to understand life through a logical lens. Have we ever tried to plan our meals or decide where to take a vacation? Have we ever weighed the pros and cons of a situation? That’s Mercury’s domain.

 

Mercury Runs the Modern World

 

We live in a world that is obsessed with logic and rationality. We work to solve problems and find conclusions. We assess the facts and risks before making a decision. In a lot of ways our Mercurial minds run the world. Earth’s current climate is intimately connected to data, information and technology.

This is neither good nor bad, it simply is. But what this does mean is that our minds, ruled by Mercury, are probably running on overdrive. We’re checking notifications, reading articles, seeing posts and targeted marketing campaigns throughout our days. We’re sharing ideas and inspiring others through our words. We’re feeling helpless trying to figure out the future. Our minds rarely get the chance to just stop and turn off.

 

Taking Time Away, Is Okay

 

Checking out and turning off is a big theme of Mercury’s transit through Pisces. This is because Pisces energy is not rational or logical. Pisces energy is here for the mystery, the mysticism, the adventure and the dream. Pisces energy is not pinpointed or exact; it’s actually a little all over the place. It needs to be free to flow and play. To sleep and dream.

Since Mercury is going to be transiting this sleepy sign it is not a time to try and figure everything out. It’s not a time for extreme judgements or even decisions. Of course, we never want to put our lives on hold because of a planetary cycle. However, if we are not feeling a clear direction, instead of forcing ourselves to make up our minds, we are better off taking some time away.

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Have we ever stared at a math problem trying desperately to understand the answer but it just isn’t clicking? Maybe if we take some time away from it and come back refreshed we have a better chance of solving the problem.

That time away, that space to refresh, that room to breath is what this cycle is all about.

 

Energy Speaks Louder Than Words

 

This transit is also about understanding that communication is much more than just verbal. We are always communicating through our energy. This is a time where we might find ourselves “in the feels”. This is good! It’s better to embrace our feelings than try to push them away. As we embrace our emotional experiences we become able to move forward as a force in the world.

What are we saying with our energy? How are we showing up vibrationally? What vibes are we sharing with the world?

These are all areas to focus on while Mercury is in Pisces. Even though this phase will last approximately 1 month, the wisdom we gain during this time can last us a lifetime.

Things might not make a lot of logical sense and if we are trying to run in a straight line we could feel frustrated. The point here is that life is cyclical, not linear. Forward and faster isn’t always better. There’s a power in embracing the circle of life and slowing down the pace.

 

Mercury in Pisces Means Creative Solutions Abound

 

The potential for creative expression during this time is huge; especially if we allow ourselves to get in touch with our emotions. If we are feeling something deeply, and chose to create from that space there’s no telling what we will bring into form. Whether we have the idea to create a pot of soup or paint a mural is relevant. Creation looks different for each person and this is not a time to compare. It’s a time to embrace whatever inspiration is moving through us, even if it doesn’t make any sense to our minds.

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It’s when we chose to create that we are bridging the physical and non physical worlds. We are harnessing the full potential of our power. That idea to make a pot of soup was simply a thought, but through our actions we bring it into form. Not to mention, we then get to share the soup with those in our lives. When we act on the inklings of our intuitions we are essentially changing the physical world.

It’s these creative solutions that are shifting the collective.

“We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” ~ Albert Einstein

The thing is, many of the problems we are facing individually and collectively have been created by our logical minds. We’ve gotten ourselves into some corners living through a shallow logic lens. This is why Mercury in Pisces has so much potential.

 

Mercury in Pisces Wants to Look Beyond the Surface

 

It’s inviting us to appreciate all of the iceberg that is under the surface. To open our minds towards the full expanse of what it means to be alive. Sure, this cycle may not make a lot of sense, but the opportunities are unlimited.

The key is to remember not everything as it seems. Physical reality is the tip of the iceberg. Underneath everything we perceive is an energetic world. From that energy we can regenerate, move in new directions and bring about creative solutions.

All we have to be willing to do is think differently. As we do this we’ll wonder what took us so long to embrace the path of not-knowing. Before we know it we will be best friends with the unknown and see that here is where the real magic lives.

Comment below if you can feel this beautiful shift happening in your life already. Are you excited as we are?! 🙂 Thank You for being with us Moon Omens Soul Family, we are sending infinite love and blessings your way!

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