Autumnal Equinox

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September 22, 2018

9:55 pm EDT

The Autumnal Equinox this year is on Saturday, September 22 at 9:55 pm EDT. on the 23rd in many places. Equinox means Equal Night and as we know, on the Equinoxes, day and night are approximately equal. We have a nearly full Aries Harvest Moon and depending on the time, Mars, Saturn, Jupiter and Venus all visible, although Venus along with sunset and Jupiter shortly after. You can’t miss Mars glowing orange higher up in the Southern sky with Saturn SW to the right.

Astrology works a lot with intersecting planes/lines as power points of energy. The first plane is the equator, and if we imagine the equator line out indefinitely, we have the celestial equator or the great circle. This imaginary celestial sphere then is on the same plane of the earth’s equator. The earth moves around the Sun, but from our perspective, the Sun has its apparent path around us called the ecliptic. We see things through our eyes, and this is where imagination begins, reality is created and relevance begins for us. Because the Earth’s axis is tilted at 23.5°, there are two time a year, Spring and Fall, when the Sun (ecliptic line) crosses the celestial equator line and the Sun is then right on the equator so that the Sun rises due east and sets due west anywhere in the world - as if the tilt did not exist.

To show how energetically impactful these angles or intersecting point of planes in space are, I’m sure you’ve heard of how there are cracks that happen in the Earth’s magnetic field within a few days around the Equinoxes. This lets in the solar wind creating beautiful, supercharged auroras.

There are literally 100’s of ancient and sacred sites around the world (I’m sure many more we just don’t know about) that align to the solstices and equinoxes. These were built by the steller architects of old, masters of astronomy, astrology and the stars,  and show just how important these four celestial events are.  

For example, just to name a few of the more well known ones, a personal favourite is Cairn T, the most famous Cairn in Northern Ireland’s ancient sacred site of Loughcrew Megalithic Cemetery estimated to be around 5,200 years old. It is also known as Sliabh na Callaighe, which means Mountain of the Witch, perhaps helping to preserve the ancient mound built so long ago. Of course, anyone taking any stones will be cursed.  Cairn simply means man made structure of stones, and this site with over 32 cairns each has features and alignments unique to them.  But the center piece and highest point, Cairn T, is aligned to the first rays of the Sun on both the Vernal and Autumnal Equinoxes, similar to Newgrange at the Winter Solstice. The rays of the morning sun enter the passageway and illuminate the art on the backstone.

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Another fascinating site that I’m sure was built before the dark forces of sacrifice took over is the Chichan Itza in Mexico. The pyramid is an astronomical Mayan calendar with its four sides each having 91 steps, which is the number of days between each of the solstices and equinoxes of the year. I’ve always been fascinated by all things Mayan. At the precise time of the Spring and Fall Equinox, the Sun casts it rays on the Balustrade, and the shadow takes on the appearance of a snake slithering down the steps ending at the serpent’s head.

Because of the nearly perfect alignment of the Giza pyramids to the cardinal points, it is speculated that the Autumnal Equinox was used to get the near perfect alignment, although there are so many other very advanced celestial connections as well. The sphinx’s face is aligned directly with the rising Sun on the Spring Equinox, behind at the Fall equinox. But most interesting is this original photo taken by a British Air Force pilot in 1940 flying over the pyramid and at just the right

time, showing the great pyramid actually has 8 sides, seen only from air and with the right lighting, apparently best on the equinoxes. An interesting ode to the balance of light and dark, dawn and dusk at the time of the equinoxes, a shadow appears on the south side diving it in two with one side light and one side dark and coming from a concave of 31 inches, definitely intended and not structural settling.

Did you know that we have a modern day Chicagohenge? The Sun sets between two rows of skyscrapers looking down the east - west streets of downtown Chicago twice a year on the Equinoxes.

The equal nature of night and day, light and dark, is an energetic vortex in time when we have the real opportunity to remember that we are one with the whole. We can stand within the Universe, noticing that our rhythms are in sync with the rhythm of everything, planets, stars, ecliptic cracks. It is important not to rush through it.

We are literally a microcosm of the macrocosm. Can we feel this harmony? This is a good time to pause our daily routines and to create a sacred space celebrating the Equinox. Whether on your own or in a group, at sunrise, sunset or the exact time time of the Equinox, We can recalibrate our senses, emotions and consciousness states, both our daytime/dreaming states and our “left/right” brain tendencies. The weather, Spring or Fall, is usually mild enough to be outside and amplifying the connections with natural rhythms for your ritual and celebration.

September and this Virgo season in general is a time of cleansing, purifying, setting up routines etc that will carry us through the rest of the year as we move closer and closer to 2020. Restoring balance is an important part. We have a lot to be grateful for as the new season begins. Whatever you decide to do on this Equinox, a period of stillness and silence shoould be part of the ritual, allowing space for what needs to break through the cracks.