He found himself wondering at times, especially at the autumn equinox, about the wild lands, and strange visions of mountains that he had never seen came into his dreams. J. R. R. Tolkien

The autumn equinox is when day and night are of about equal duration, which occurs again in the spring. The word equinox comes from two Latin words meaning equal and night. It’s a time of balance before the night takes over and brings the coming winter. Although many may want to avoid the dark, if we desire to be in the light, we must first face our inner darkness. Spirit is Omnipresent—as fully present on the dark half of the wheel as it is on the light. It’s our cultural connotations that have put an out-of-balance onus on the concept of darkness.

In the New Thought movement, many people would prefer to always skip around in the light of the endless summer, but autumn is the regenerative grounding that makes way for the birth of the eventual new light. Without rest, we would burn out. Without descent there is no ascent. The procession of equinoxes is a common story that has been symbolized throughout time to remind us of the role of darkness and light in creating movement through polarity. The Egyptians had Horus, the god of the sun, battling Seth, the god of darkness. Our ancestors knew the valuable part darkness played in one’s evolution and did not superstitiously fear it or ignore it but embraced it. In the spiritual work of transformation, all things must die before they can be reborn.

Spiritual Contemplation: This Autumn Equinox prepare yourself for some hibernation and slumbering. Honor your regenerative time; be willing to go within for a while without guilt or fear.

Affirmation: I welcome the quiet cycle of my life!

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