The equinox arrives today on September 22, 2021, at 19:21 UTC.
The name equinox comes from the Latin aequus (equal) and nox (night).
This marks the sun being exactly above Earth’s equator, moving from north to south. During the equinox, days and nights are approximately equal in length. For us in the Northern Hemisphere, the sun is rising later now, and nightfall comes sooner. The cold is coming.
Caused by Earth’s tilt on its axis and ceaseless orbit around the sun, today the earth is tilted by 23 1/2 degrees. And that means Earth’s Northern and Southern Hemispheres trade places throughout the year in receiving the sun’s light and warmth most directly.
In astrology, the Equinox is also the start of Libra Season and the midway point through the astrological year. On the Equinox, energy begins shifting in a new direction as we reach a turning point on our trip around the Sun. Autumn is a time of energy moving inwards, whereas Spring is a time of energy moving outwards.
As the Equinox is a time of equal night and day, and Libra is also represented by the scales, this day marks a powerful time for creating balance in our lives.
Both of these seasons however, represent a transition point; a point of metamorphosis. These transition points were sacred to our ancestors, who honored them as times of change and preparation for what’s to come.
The September Equinox 2021 carries some unique energies that will color our experience of this sacred time. Mars will be very active, bringing strength, power, and even a boost of motivation.
Mars is a planet that requires us to move. If we stay stagnant for too long, we can find ourselves irritable and feeling frustrated. So, under this strong Mars energy, find a way to take action, even if it’s just in a small way.
We can use this Mars energy to push past our fears, to take a leap of courage, and to bring action to all that we are working on.
How can we work on creating an environment of balance that feels good to us on a soul level? How can we ensure that this environment flows in a harmonious direction with nature, rather than against it?
On the days surrounding the Equinox, it is also believed that the ley lines or energy grid of the Earth comes into harmonic resonance, allowing us to soak up the healing benefits of Mother Earth with greater ease.
On this September 2021 Equinox, spend some time honoring your own creation story. Reflect on the past, but know that your power lies in the present moment.
Allow yourself to create balance and harmony in your life.
Give yourself permission to create a life that feels beautiful and worthwhile, regardless of what your circumstances may be. You always have the power.
The knowledge that summer is gone – and winter is coming – is everywhere now, on the northern half of Earth’s globe. If you live in the Northern Hemisphere, you can easily notice the later dawns and earlier sunsets. Also notice the arc of the sun across the sky each day. You’ll find it’s shifting toward the south.
Take a moment to check in with your mind, then body, then soul. Where do you need to create balance in these three areas? How do you bring your energy inwards?