First, what is it? The term “equi-nox,” or equal night, represents one of two days each year when the hours of the night equal the hours of the day. Everywhere in the world, the Fall Equinox is on September 22.
It marks the change of seasons. In the Northern Hemisphere, it’s the beginning of autumn — a time of harvest and transition. The days will grow darker from now until March. The leaves will turn red, orange, and gold and fall to the earth. The air will feel crisp, and crops will have to last until the next growing season.
In the Southern Hemisphere, the opposite is true. At this point in the year, life has rooted to the earth, marking the beginning of spring. A symbol of rebirth, the soil thaws, seedlings surge, and blossoms open.
Wherever you are in the world, Equinox enters a new season. Here are a few rituals to help you align with the seasonal shift.
1. Be in nature. Take a moment to enjoy your harvest. Take note of whatever you’ve been gathering or bringing to fruition this year. Celebrate your progress and how far you’ve come.
2. Restore balance in your home—clear closets and spaces. Give away or sell anything that is no longer needed.
3. With equal hours of light and dark, this Equinox brings an opportunity to recalibrate inside and out. Meditate, or do yoga to restore balance.
If you need some ideas, we have an abundance at It’s Yoga Kids® starting with the Fall Equinox Family Event on Sunday, September 25.