Wishing everyone a spiritual equinox


The equinox is now just under 24 hours away, and will occur on Wednesday, 23 September 2015 at 08:22 Universal Coordinated Time.

It’s a time to reflect upon the work of spiritual transformation, and to gain a deeper understanding of its stages.

The equinox describes the moment the Sun crosses the celestial equator (the imaginary line in the sky above the Earth’s Equator), which is when the length of day and night are equal—a phenomena in the Earth’s annual journey around the sun that occurs twice a year.

Like all things in nature, the equinox has a deeper spiritual significance. As it is to do with the sun, our source of physical light and life, it is also about spiritual light—with the sun being the source of spiritual light and life in higher dimensions.

The journey of the earth around the sun each year is connected to the journey to enlightenment; with each of the major stages of these journeys coinciding at the times of the solstice and equinox. That is why these times of year have been celebrated in connection with sacred teachings and sites around the world from ancient times.

The Autumn Equinox

In the Northern Hemisphere it is the autumn equinox; from this point in the year, after the days have been longer than the nights, it will now reverse, and the nights will become longer than the days—heralding growing darkness and the coming of winter.

“The autumn equinox is a mysterious time. It marks an essential passage in the process of enlightenment that is often overlooked, misunderstood, and mistaken as dark and heretical.
It is the time of balance between day and night, before night takes over and brings the coming winter, a time of darkness and death. This duality between light and dark exists within humanity, and in the work of spiritual transformation. All things must die before they can be born, all spiritual ascent requires descent first, and all those who long for light must firstly face their own inner darkness and overcome it. The autumn equinox symbolizes a stage of inner preparation in the process of enlightenment—to make way for the Son to be born within at the winter solstice.”
From The Path of the Spiritual Sun by Belsebuub

Here is a quote that in some way captures the meaning of the autumn equinox as a time of descent into our internal darkness. It is from the little known early Christian text called Pistis Sophia. In it, Jesus narrates the story of a female being called Pistis Sophia (who symbolizes consciousness) to the disciples, and in doing so, illustrates the stages that consciousness goes through in the journey to awakening.

Save me out of the matter of this darkness, that I may not be submerged therein, that I may be saved from the emanations of god Self-willed which press me sore, and from their evil doings.
Let not this darkness submerge me, and let not this lion-faced power entirely devour the whole of my power, and let not this chaos shroud my power.
Hear me, O Light, for thy grace is precious, and look down upon me according to the great mercy of thy Light.
And when I sought the light, they gave me darkness; and when I sought my power, they gave me matter.
For they have taken my light from me, and my power hath begun to cease in me and I am destitute of my light.
Now, therefore, O Light, which is in thee and is with me, I sing praises to thy name, O Light, in glory.
May my song of praise please thee, O Light, as an excellent mystery, which leads to the gates of the Light, which they who shall repent will utter, and the light of which will purify them.
For God shall save their soul from all matters, and a city shall be prepared in the Light, and all the souls who are saved, will dwell in that city and will inherit it.
And the soul of them who shall receive mysteries will abide in that region, and they who have received mysteries in its name will abide therein.
~ Pistis Sophia

The Spring Equinox

In the Southern Hemisphere it is the spring equinox; from this point in the year, after the nights have been longer than the days, it will now reverse, and the days will become longer than the nights—heralding the dominion of light and the coming of summer.

At ancient sites and in sacred teachings throughout the world, the spring equinox is the time of resurrection in the journey to enlightenment. The spring equinox is the actual event behind Easter that was appropriated by the Church, and is the time of the passion, crucifixion, and resurrection of Jesus, just as it was for Osiris in Egypt and the Mayan Hun Hunaphu.

“Throughout the world, the spring equinox is a time of great confrontation between the forces of darkness and light, in the death and resurrection of the central deities of sacred teachings throughout the world. It symbolizes what an initiate goes through in a definitive and important stage of self-realization, where the struggle between darkness and light creates the opposition needed to attain immortality. This is symbolized by the dark half of the year on one side of the spring equinox sun, and the light half of the year on the other.”
From The Path of the Spiritual Sun by Belsebuub

The following quotes are about the attainment of spiritual immortality, which occurs at the stage of resurrection. The quotes are from an early Christian text called The Odes of Solomon, which Jesus and the disciples were said to have read from, and which describes immortality, a theme which likewise occurs in ancient Egyptian, Taoist, and Vedic texts.

… I am putting on the love of the Lord.
And His members are with Him, and I am dependent on them; and He loves me.
For I should not have known how to love the Lord, if He had not continuously loved me.
Who is able to distinguish love, except him who is loved?
I love the Beloved and I myself love Him, and where His rest is, there also am I.
And I shall be no stranger, because there is no jealousy with the Lord Most High and Merciful.
I have been united to Him, because the lover has found the Beloved, because I love Him that is the Son, I shall become a son.
Indeed he who is joined to Him who is immortal, truly shall be immortal.
And he who delights in the Life will become living.
This is the Spirit of the Lord, which is not false, which teaches the sons of men to know His ways.
Be wise and understanding and awakened.
~ The Odes of Solomon

As the wings of doves over their nestlings, and the mouths of their nestlings towards their mouths, so also are the wings of the Spirit over my heart.
My heart continually refreshes itself and leaps for joy, like the babe who leaps for joy in his mother’s womb.
I trusted, consequently I was at rest; because trustful is He in whom I trusted.
He has greatly blessed me, and my head is with Him.
And the dagger shall not divide me from Him, nor the sword;
Because I am ready before destruction comes, and have been set on His immortal side.
And immortal life embraced me, and kissed me.
And from that life is the Spirit which is within me. And it cannot die because it is life.
~ The Odes of Solomon

Celebrate the Equinox

If you’d like to celebrate the equinox in some way, in tune with its deeper spiritual meaning, you can first read our guide for celebrating these times of year. Then, here are things you can do for the autumn equinox, and here also for the spring equinox.

Wishing everyone a spiritual and reflective equinox.

By |2018-06-30T12:58:43+00:00September 22nd, 2015|spiritual ceremonies|37 Comments

About the Author:

Lara Atwood is a researcher and practitioner of the native, indigenous Indo-European religion of her ancient ancestors, which is a branch of the ancient Religion of the Sun. She runs the YouTube channel SakroSawel and the website sakrosawel.com ("sakro sawel" means "sacred sun" in Proto-Indo European). Writing alongside her husband Mark, she helped co-author the book The Path of the Spiritual Sun.


  1. Alexandros September 28, 2015 at 8:28 am - Reply

    Thanks Anglea, your information is appreciated 🙂

  2. johnp September 26, 2015 at 11:05 am - Reply

    Thanks Mark and Lara, this information is very special and very much appreciated.

  3. James N September 26, 2015 at 9:41 am - Reply

    Thank you Mark & Lara for your work and sharing it so freely.

    The quotes from The Odes of Solomon I found to be very inspiring and insightful.

  4. Seraphim September 25, 2015 at 8:13 pm - Reply

    Thank you Lara for this blog.
    It inspired me enough to celebrate and reflect about the Spiritual Sun in a deeper level.

    I have no words to express my gratitude about this information. The significance of Spiritual Sun and its celebration is awesome.

  5. Suavi September 25, 2015 at 9:55 am - Reply

    It felt very special to celebrate Spring Equinox in a quiet coastal location with beautiful scenery and to welcome the raising sun in awareness rather than sleeping in bed. Taking advantage of this special time I have made an attempt to reflect upon the purpose of living, destination, and also upon my attitude towards my personal journey.

    Thank you Mark and Lara for explaining the significance of equinoxes and for all your work.

  6. Laura September 25, 2015 at 7:26 am - Reply

    Similarly to what others have mentioned, this Equinox I was aware of the fact that I would have no idea of the importance of this day if it wasn’t for Mark and Lara’s work in uncovering it and bringing it to light. We were in the city, preparing for the drive up the mountain to the sacred site which has become our regular place especially for the Autumn Equinox celebration, and I was looking at the people passing by on the street, having finished their work day, doing their errands or on the way home. Then I imagined if everyone knew about the significance of this day and had interest in celebrating it, how different it would be, everyone would be heading to the mountains or forests with their families, wearing the symbolic colours, perhaps there would even be a day or two of bank holiday around this date, and the many ancient sacred sites we have would be alive with fires, mantras, music… Perhaps in the way they used to be in the past.

    Yet even if I do know about the significance, I seem to find myself rushing and challenged with resistance. This year all the Solstices and Equinoxes have met us with clouds or rain, and this one was no exception, but despite the rushing, the almost completely overcast sky, sickness, I got some new insights and felt the magic of celebrating this cosmic event and in this way connecting with the force of the Spiritual Sun. Which I would have no way of doing without your work.

    Thank you so much Mark and Lara and wish everyone all the strength in the coming season!

  7. Karim September 25, 2015 at 2:27 am - Reply

    It was great to celebrate the autumn equinox (and to actually be able to see the sun, instead of just overcast weather and a battle against the elements :-).) During the little ceremony I tried to be open and learn from anything going on around me, it was very nice and I had some insights.

    I also find that the mother goddess in her warrior aspect is something amazing, especially at this time of the year. And how it is her action that is able to end the ego states within. Sometimes when doing the ‘Durga’ or ‘Dakshine Kali Beej’ mantra’s, or even while praying, the visualisation of her fighting the inner monsters clad in all her symbolism comes so naturally. Where the sincere plea of the consciousness ignites a fire in her heart expressed in a terrifying zeal to destroy the darkness, and is reflected in the fierceness of her widely opened eyes before which the creatures of darkness tremble, cower and scatter.

    Those prayers from the Pistis Sophia are beautiful btw! Sometimes when praying what I want to say finds a suitable fit in the terminology that I picked up from it.

    I also want to again say thanks to Belsebuub, and Lara as well, for bringing all this information to light. I think only the surface has been scratched of utilising this information though, I can just imagine hundreds of people getting together at these times of the year to practice and where every activity revolves around investigating it.

    I also wish everyone a good time now and for the time ahead towards the solstice!

  8. Fotis September 24, 2015 at 8:26 am - Reply

    Thank you everyone for your wishes and reflections.
    I hope everyone had an insightful equinox and is ready to go forward towards solstice with strength.
    With some friends we had a nice celebration in the woods that I’ll remember. Feels like every time helps me to come closer to its meaning.
    Here is a snapshot https://www.dropbox.com/s/n2hdkghwivhu872/2015-09-23%2018.27.47.jpg?dl=0

  9. Patricia A. September 23, 2015 at 5:19 pm - Reply

    Thanks Mark and Lara. Wishing you and everyone a spiritual equinox.

  10. Marina September 23, 2015 at 3:28 pm - Reply

    ”Hear me, O Light, for thy grace is precious, and look down upon me according to the great mercy of thy Light. And when I sought the light, they gave me darkness; and when I sought my power, they gave me matter”

    What a beautiful prayer Lara, what a meaning in these words…! Thank you and Mark deeply for giving us always so much.

    Wishing a contemplative equinox to you and to everyone!

    • Lara Atwood September 24, 2015 at 2:10 am - Reply

      Yes, it is a very profound line. It describes how even when we want the light, we can actually be given darkness and matter instead as it is this which we need to face and learn from. That is why even in later stages of the work, someone’s power that they have gained can actually be taken away, and they are plunged on purpose into chaos and darkness.

      • Anita September 24, 2015 at 6:41 am - Reply

        This work is so raw.

      • Seraphim September 25, 2015 at 8:02 pm - Reply

        Very nice and inspired explanation Lara. I hadn’t thought about this like that.

        So this also happens (if it does) for our internal process

  11. Gabrielle September 23, 2015 at 1:20 pm - Reply

    Thanks, Lara. I wish you and Mark, as well as everyone here all the best during this upcoming season. I very much appreciate all of the work you have done to uncover the meaning behind these seasons and to bring it to the world in the way you have. It has been such a great help and brought much understanding.

  12. Michael September 23, 2015 at 12:24 pm - Reply

    Thank you very much Lara. I also wish you, Mark and everyone a very spiritual and reflective equinox.

  13. Paty September 23, 2015 at 11:47 am - Reply

    Thank you Mark and Lara. We are all very fortunate to have access to this information. As I was rereading the section on the Spring Equinox in preparation it is hard not to marvel at the sheer depth and breadth of such profound understanding that you have made possible through this beautiful work – the Path of the Spiritual Sun. The more you read and try to understand the more you realise how grand and wise Nature and Divinity is. To think that all of creation is made for the purpose of helping us to awaken! Thank you for sharing this with us.

    Happy Equinox everyone! 🙂

  14. richard September 23, 2015 at 10:01 am - Reply

    Very Insightful thank you both very much for the in depth knowledge into the Equinox

    Happy Equinox to all

  15. Ella September 23, 2015 at 9:39 am - Reply

    Wishing everyone a spiritual equinox period that builds strength for the period ahead – especially if it’s the decent!

    Thank you Mark and Lara from the bottom of my heart for bringing this work to the world and to my life.

    • Paty September 23, 2015 at 11:41 am - Reply

      Hear, hear!

  16. cheryl A.Dubois September 23, 2015 at 7:45 am - Reply

    Thinking of you all at this time so grateful for people of like awareness. thank you again

  17. Michelle September 23, 2015 at 1:21 am - Reply

    Wow. It really feels like the autumn equinox right now. It is so crazy how intense this season can be internally. It feels like I haven’t done very well this quarter. Even so, I am very grateful for this season of the decent and knowing about it really helps to fight. Your work gives me hope. I have had a rough month and I hope I can reflect, regroup and start again.

    • Gabrielle September 23, 2015 at 1:17 pm - Reply

      Hi Michelle,

      I could relate a lot to what you expressed here. Someone told me once that the autumn is a time to overcome obstacles, and I just wanted to pass that on because it really changed the way that I look at this time of year and helped me to use it more productively.

      I look at it more now as a time to get in gear and get ready to work, like if I have a big task ahead and know I need to finish it one way or another…but I also know it has its end and will bring its rewards.

      Same thing with this, I reflected and set goals for what I want to address internally during this season (and will take what comes my way otherwise)…and I look forward to experiencing life free from those states and knowing that my decisions will be less influenced by them.

      Just approaching it this way has helped me to use it more productively in the way that things seem to be aligned for me to do.

      Best wishes this season,


      • Vida September 23, 2015 at 4:45 pm - Reply

        That’s a great way to look at it Gabrielle. I can also relate to what you’ve expressed, and Michelle very much so as well. It’s funny, a few weeks ago I was saying how we were almost at the fall equinox and life seemed relatively calm, I was wondering if anything would really come up this year, as I have seen in the past around this time of year relatively large events or decisions have happened to me. Boy, am I eating my words now! From a relatively busy but not too chaotic time went full throttle into intense chaos, landmark events and a whole lot of obstacles/struggle to face as the cherry on top. 🙂

        I had been really trying hard in the ‘daily grind’ to overcome certain inner states and obstacles that have persisted for so long and really are such a waste of time and energy, and I was starting to see a tiny momentum build up, but now that things are much more intense it’s definitely a lot harder. That momentum was so easily smashed to bits. But I like what you mentioned there Gabrielle, about how you get in gear and get ready to face whatever comes, taking out of it as much as you can. This year I really see the value in that, despite many parts of me revolting against any kind of suffering or struggle, it’s a good time to push through and not give up. 🙂

        I have to say I too am extremely grateful to you Mark and Lara for your work bringing the information about the solstices and equinoxes to light. They have really helped me to understand and make more sense of the events and difficulties within life, and what they mean within a spiritual work. I can only imagine how much more there is to learn once becoming more and more in tune with these times of year and also the great symbolism they hold. So thank you very much for all that you do!

        • Karim September 24, 2015 at 12:40 am - Reply

          I can relate to the last point you made Vida. During the ceremony at sunset, with the bonfire burning and the symbolic items there etc. the thought came to me that this was only possible because of the information provided through the Path of the Spiritual Sun book. Without it I would be oblivious to the relevance of these times of the year and would be doing…… nothing :-). It would be regular evening like any other in the year. But because of it we can be aware of and tune in to this ‘energy’ around these times and wisely work with it in our inner work.

      • Mike December 20, 2015 at 3:31 am - Reply

        Hi Gabrielle,

        I just wanted to thank you for passing on that message/teaching that autumn is a time to overcome obstacles.

        I’ve had a lot of things going on in recent months, especially this autumn, and I’ve struggled against many things. But remembering that *now* is the time to overcome obstacles, I kept fighting and I believe I finally made some progress against an ego that I haven’t been able to understand much of in the past couple of years!

        There’s still a long way to go, but I think it was the most productive autumn I’ve had 🙂

  18. Shane September 23, 2015 at 12:52 am - Reply

    Thank you so much again for compiling such brilliant research and profound insight. The clarity and simplicity of language with which these cosmic truths are presented is exceptional. A massive boost for self reflection and meditation at this time. Sincerely, Shane

    • Paty September 23, 2015 at 11:42 am - Reply

      Beautifully said, Shane. I totally agree

  19. Martin September 23, 2015 at 12:49 am - Reply

    Thanks Lara, Wishing you and Mark a Spiritual Equinox as well.

  20. Vida September 22, 2015 at 9:24 pm - Reply

    Have a wonderful equinox Mark and Lara, and everyone around the world celebrating!

  21. Jenny September 22, 2015 at 8:15 pm - Reply

    Thank you very much, Mark and Lara. Wishing you and everyone else a strengthening and inspiring equinox. And thank you for bringing these celebrations to the forefront. Much appreciated.

    • Jordan September 25, 2015 at 3:12 am - Reply

      Yes thank you from me too – hope you two had a spiritual equinox too.

  22. Mike September 22, 2015 at 5:54 pm - Reply

    Happy equinox time, everyone!

    It could just be because I’m aware of the sudden onslaught of work that’s coming up :p (I work at a North American university and the term is starting), but it really feels like I can feel the chaos level rising. People seem to be acting with stronger egos, I’ve been a bit under the weather, lots of unexpected things are coming up, etc. There are lots of learning opportunities amidst all of this, though.

    I do wonder if, despite the symbolic significance of the seasons, there is a collective learning and experience we all go through at these pivotal moments and times of year…

    Mark’s article about the influence of the blood moons also makes me wonder what is about to unfold: the blood moon is coming this Sunday, I believe, shortly after autumn commences.

  23. Maria September 22, 2015 at 4:13 pm - Reply

    Thank you deeply Lara for bringing up these wonderful quotes from Pistis Sophia and the Odes of Solomon and for all this significant information about the Autumn and Spring Equinox.

    These times of the year have touch me deeply also. Thanks everyone for your wishes.

    Warmth wishes to everyone to celebrate this meaningful holiday of the year by heart and to gain the understanding you need to step forward in your inner work.

  24. Tina September 22, 2015 at 2:14 pm - Reply

    I have been preparing for the equinox lately and feel that with each year there is more understanding of its deeper message. The quote from the Pistis Sophia deepens that connection and understanding further. Thank you!

  25. Roy September 22, 2015 at 1:08 pm - Reply

    Nice compilation of information on the spring and autumn equinox, Lara. Both you and Mark have gathered such a wealth of information and published it on your website and in the e-book, The path of the Spiritual Sun. It has been wonderful to use these references to celebrate these special times of the year with others. Wishing everyone a reflective and heart-warming celebration.

  26. Zorana September 22, 2015 at 1:04 pm - Reply

    I really like these readings! Thanks and wishing much strength and inspiration to everyone celebrating.

  27. Olga September 22, 2015 at 12:38 pm - Reply

    Happy Equinox to you and Mark! And to everyone celebrating around the world even though we may be oceans apart.

    I will be celebrating the Autumn Equinox over here, which certainly feels like a time of approaching darkness, but the ceremony itself has always inspired in me the capability to face and overcome one’s own darkness.

    Thank you both for bringing this information out there.

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