Soltices and equinoxes sit in the center of the season wheel, catalyzing the cycles of death, life, rebirth, change, and movement. Grandmother Earth’s internal, introspective movement moves counterclockwise to produce the seasons of fertility and abundance of all forms of all things. Take a moment to breathe the energy of this solstice deep into every cell of your being, allowing the death of the that which no longer serves you, so that there is room for the seeds of new life to sprout and flower.
During this power time for the seasons, we shift from sultry summer to cooler autumn days in the Northern Hemisphere. And in the Southern Hemisphere, the cold days of winter are thawing, providing the new growth of spring. No matter which hemisphere you may live in, this equinox is a time to catalyze your own self-growth through your connection to and communication with nature.
Step outside, feel the sun on your face, the breeze on your skin, the earth beneath your feet, and the pulse of your heart beat. Experience gratitude for the body you are in and the life the flows in, around, and through you!
We all know the four seasons and how they affect our life-style: spring, summer, fall and winter. They too have a place on the wheel.
Spring, which sings to us about the rejuvenation of the water as it flows in the streams and reawakens life out of its winter dream, sits in the South. Thus, we know that spring teaches us about fluidity. (Ask any allergy post nasal drip survivor about this!)
Summer sings to us about the fire and its heat, its full out expansion of life’s vibrancy and joy. Therefore, it sits in the East.
The fall sings with the wind that tosses us about to test our flexibility and willingness to surrender to change as the seeds ride on the wind to their new destination. Fall sits in the North.
And the winter sings with the earth as it calls us into itself, for a time of introspection and death. Even the movement of sap in the trees begins to slow down. Winter sits in the West.
Remember we said there are always a minimum of five places on a wheel. Solstices and Equinoxes sit in the Center. These are the power times for the seasons and act as a catalyst and communicator between the seasonal changes.
In the Northern Hemisphere, fall is here marked by today’s Fall Equinox. On this day, day and night are almost of equal length. The sun crosses the Earth’s equator while moving southwards. The winds of change toss us about to test our flexibility and willingness to surrender to death, change and transformation. Are you ready for change in the air?