Autumn Equinox

Autumn Equinox,

The autumnal equinox, which occurs this Thursday, September 22, signals the beginning of autumn in the northern hemisphere and spring in the southern hemisphere.

Autumnal Equinox – September 22nd

The Sun enters Libra on this day, according to the apparent zodiacal motion. From an astronomical point of view, day and night last the same time over practically the entire planet, except the poles. The word “equinox” derives from the Latin Aequs-nox, meaning “equal night”.

That is why we speak of the harmony between light and darkness in their endless dance because they are complementary energies rather than opposites (and at the equinox duality is annulled for a moment, to resume its polar play, the perennial solve et coagula).

The scales, justice and beauty

It also represents balance, equity and elegance of rhythm, as well as the sign of Libra. The Sun rises directly east and sets directly west on the day of the equinox.

The equinox, the great pacemaker of nature, is the light that makes the rhythms of nature visible. The beginning of autumn has officially arrived in the north (an accuracy that barely holds due to climate change).

In the past, people thanked the Earth for the bounty of summer, shared the harvest and began to prepare for winter, when they should conserve their energies through reflection.

On this day, nature truly passes; the light is extinguished like the leaves falling from the trees. The rebirth of light is commemorated during the winter solstice.

The vernal equinox is also commemorated on September 22

The vernal equinox, which occurs in the southern hemisphere on September 22, heralds the beginning of spring and, with it, the celebration of light as it rises to its most entire intensity, the fruition of purpose and the appearance of the material and spiritual flowers that will grace the summer.

The youthful joy of its vibrant hatching.

Adaptation to the different seasons

In the so-called “Bible of acupuncture”, the Inner Classic of the Yellow Emperor (Huangdi Neijing), it is explained that the human being must adapt to the different seasons, as each of them has different qualities.

In particular, man has less access to vital energy (qi) the less sunlight there is in the environment. This can lead to the development of the following protective behaviors, depending on the season:

  • In winter, one should sleep more and get up later. Kidney care is extremely critical in this situation.
  • In spring, sleep late and get up early. Liver energy receives extra attention during this season.
  • In summer, go to bed early and get up early. The heart must be protected here.
  • Autumn calls for early bed and early rise. Here the lung energy is cared for.

Understanding that we are influenced by the rhythms of the cosmos and that each moment is unique and has unique energy is the fundamental meaning of the equinoxes and solstices.

Integral health can only be achieved by learning to live in tune with the natural energetic patterns that the Earth reflects.

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