The Spiritual meaning of Fall Equinox

“Look inward your truth can be found in your heart.”

“Fall/Autumn” – the sound of those words – brings a quietness within.  Summer has come to an end in the Northern Hemisphere.  The chill is present, the sun sinks faster in the sky and the leaves of color surround us. The autumn equinox arrives on Wednesday, September 22nd, 2021.  The fall equinox varies with time zones, here where I am in Ohio (Eastern Time) we will experience the equinox at 3:21pm.

The word “equinox” comes from Latin and means “equal night” referring to the roughly 12 hour day and 12 hour night that occurs only on the two equinox days of the year.

With the Autumn Equinox we should honor the harvest.  We should be grateful for the harvest of food, our gardens and the sweet soil of Mother Earth and the harvest of our intentions that we set earlier in the year.

The changing seasons are important points in the cycle of life in all nature, and within this cycle many cultures past and present received positive powerful messages for humanity.  Understanding the four focal points of the year: the Winter Solstice, Spring Equinox, Summer Solstice and Autumn Equinox allows us to see our inner spiritual stages/cycles.  We can deepen our own awareness by understanding nature’s cycles.

At this Autumn Equinox a wonderful ritual is to sit or stand on the grass 15 minutes before and 15 minutes after the precise moment of the equinox.  This allows you to connect to the Earth and her seasons of change.  You can take this time to meditate on the equal light and dark.  Use this moment to ask for balance and peace to fill your life. On the Fall Equinox we should honor all the bounty that we have in our lives: think prosperity and gratitude with a small ritual or ceremony.  Light a candle, give thanks, speak your thanks, celebrate this time with family, friends or in your own thankful place.

Spiritually speaking, fall is a time of acknowledging our life cycles of growth, harvest, death and rebirth just as we see in nature.  Fall is the time of year to make room for what’s to come in the next year.  This is the time of year to go within and empty out space, letting go of old ideas and using the energy to make new creative visions.  Take this fall equinox to become silent and rest, allowing space for your greater visions to emerge.

I encourage you to take this time September 22nd to acknowledge your own life cycles and your spiritual path.  By doing this, you honor your own growth and light within.  Also by doing this you are thanking our ancestors and the ancient wisdom that has brought us to this moment.

Blessings upon your journey

Love and Light



Fall New Hampshire - Joan Wallace