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.