Autumnal Equinox Ceremony 2015
On September 23, 2015 we honor the Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere as we flow into the season of Autumn. The Autumnal Equinox happens the moment the Sun crosses the celestial equator, which is an imaginary line in the Sky that corresponds to the Earth's equator.
The moments of sunlight on our skin become more sacred; we watch as the leaves turn from green to yellow, orange and red and then gently descend to Mother Earth; farmer's harvest grains, dried beans and root vegetables in preparation for the cooler months ahead. This month's Full Moon (called the Harvest Moon) also appears 5 days later, on the evening of September 28, 2015 and is a super moon that will include a lunar eclipse. In honor of these transitions in the natural world, I share with you a ceremony created by my teacher Sandra Ingerman to support our alignment by honoring the cycle of death and letting go of what no longer serves us and the collective.
"If you live in the Northern Hemisphere this is a time to bring to the Earth any limiting state of consciousness and old wounds you are ready to release. The Earth will take this from you and compost the old just like she composts the old leaves that the trees and plants release during the season of autumn. During this composting process organic matter is created that feeds, fertilizes, and nurtures the earth to help to create the healthy plants that are born during spring. Take some time to enter into a deep meditative state. Let go of your ordinary concerns. Take time to focus on your spiritual practice so that you are truly entering into the invisible realms where change is possible. Sink deep within to your inner knowing. Allow your psyche to reveal to you that which you need to release at this time of your life. Look at the past wounds and states of consciousness that are anchoring you and not allowing you to fully move forward to creating new dreams and a new life for yourself and the planet. Imagine traveling into a beautiful place in nature where the soil is rich and moist. Smell the fragrance and feel your feet as you walk on the Earth. Notice how fresh the air feels and smells. You can taste the fragrance on your tongue. Look around you and soak in the brilliant colors of the nature beings all around you. Find a tree that calls to you, and sit with it for awhile. As you sit with it align your breath and heartbeat with that of the tree and the Earth. Feel your own heart beating. Focus on the desire to let go of what no longer serves you. When you feel ready imagine kneeling on the ground and digging a hole in the Earth. You can blow into the Earth what you are ready to let go of. Or you can imagine burying the states of consciousness and wounds that bind you to your past. Thank the Earth for taking all that needs to be composted and transformed into rich earth that creates a fertile environment for new seeds of hope, light, and love to be planted. When you feel like you are complete with this ceremony return to the room you are in and to an ordinary state of consciousness feeling light and unburdened. You can also perform this ceremony in a place in nature following the above steps."