September Equinox Approaches

migrating birds in flight

We are less than a week away from the Equinox. The exact time the sun will cross the equator on its southbound journey this Equinox is Monday, September 23rd, at 07:50 UTC (that’s 12:50am Pacific Daylight Time – check your local time and date).

This Equinox happens to coincide with a Global Climate Strike week of actions. Novasutras will participate by holding an Equinox meditation focusing on climate and forest well-being, with an in-person meditation in Santa Cruz about 12 hours before the moment of the Equinox. You can watch live via Zoom. A recording of that public event will be posted on our YouTube channel, so people can include it as part of their own Equinox celebration.

Earth at the start of the 4 astronomical seasons. By Tauʻolunga [CC0]

About the Equinox

Because the sun is angled directly over the equator, the daylight and darkness are about equal length everywhere in the world on the Equinoxes. Everywhere on Earth, the sun rises due East, and sets due West on these dates.

Equinoxes also mark seasonal transitions. Many animals are migrating at this time, following the sun and warmer temperatures.

For celebrations of the Equinoxes, important themes are:

  • Balance
  • Global Unity
  • Orientation
  • Transition/Transience
  • Migration
  • Preparedness

In the Southern Hemisphere, September is the vernal equinox, when Emergence and Pollination are also key themes to incorporate in your celebrations. For the autumnal equinox in the Northern Hemisphere, Abundance and Protection are key themes.

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