September 23, 2023 will mark the Autumnal Equinox—a time when the long days of summer transition into the shorter days of fall, and we have an exact balance between light and dark. Autumn has a subtle, eartly feeling of transition associated with it, a quiet and slow preparation and anticipation for the winter months ahead.
During this time we are pulled to draw within, to consider the year that has passed. Unlike The Spring Equinox where new Intentions are super supported by the Universe, the Autumnal Equinox asks you be restful and reflective, that you seek to better understand the lessons you have learned, that you regenerate energy for the year to come through gratitude as you set the stage and become clear and Intentional about next year's big moves. Think of it like a garden in the fall. After the hustle and bustle of spring and summer, the soil should have time to be turned over, errant roots and leaves removed and set to rest, to prepare quietly, and deliberately for the seasons to come.
Being Intentional isn't the same as setting Intentions. Being Intentional means you are living with consciousness and purpose. That the things you do have meaning. It turns the simple act of lighting a candle into a ritual that serves you energetically and spiritually and helps to activate momentum for the months to come.
The Autumnal Equinox reminds us to get quiet, live with Intention, and find simple ways to touch center with ourselves.
SIMPLE AUTUMNAL EQUINOX RITUAL
1. Begin by lighting a candle.
Be conscious of the fact that as we pass through the Autumnal Equinox, we're moving towards the darker months of the year. By lighting this candle you acknowledge that you will continue to be a light for yourself, even in the darkness. That in these darker months, you'll strive to keep your own light alive and well, as you intend to care even more deeply for yourself.
2. Reflect on what you are grateful for.
Create a list or Gratitude Journal (or read through an older one). List the basic things like food on the table, shelter, clothing, transportation, etc. Think of how far you have come. Honor all the wonderful gifts, relationships, and opportunities you have manifested for your life. Reflect on the lessons you have learned. Feel into the gratitude of being alive. Honor and celebrate yourself.
3. Look at what may not currently be in balance in your life.
Are you doing things that energize or deplete you? Is your life in need of more or less excitement? Is there too much change or not enough? Do you feel a part of a community or are you lonely? Do you get as much as you give? Write this down too so that you can clarify your thoughts and keep a record for yourself.
4. Reflect on past Intentions.
Using the information from the questions above, think about the Intentions you have set in the past. Where are you with them? How many have you manifested? How many do you need to tweek to better suit you now? Which ones are you ready to let go of all together?
Remember this isn't a great time for new Intentions, bur rather a great time to retool, clarify, and revive old Intentions.
SUPPORTIVE CRYSTAL for the Autumnal Equinox
Although there are many, these selections can act as supportive allies for this time of turning in, creating balance and clarity, empowering and reconnecting us with spirit.
Unakite is all about finding that balance that any Equinox is about. It helps to balance erratic emotions and grounds your physical body and nervous system so you can maintain a calm outlook. Spiritually Unakite helps to facilitate rebirthing, gently releasing conditions that can block spiritual growth.
Quartz Crystal, also known as Clear Quartz, is highly focused on helping with balance and harmony by amplifying energy and thought. It absorbs, stores, releases, and regulates energy—helping to balance and revitalize emotions. An amazing crystal for opening the connection between the physical and spiritual worlds. Quartz Crystal is a considered master healer.
Tiger Eye stabilizes mood swings and amplifies willpower, purpose, courage, and self confidence. It also helps to release tension and focus the mind—promoting mental clarity and assisting with resolving problems objectively and unclouded by emotions. It's the perfect stone for the contemplation that is necessary for the Autumnal Equinox.
Dendrite Opal can help you to reorganize and regroup your thoughts and emotions. If you've been wondering about something or looking to make a big life decision, lean in to Dendrite Opal. It will help you gain perspective. It also inspire and energize your connection to your own spirit, acting as a constant reminder that your spirit is with you always—always looking for a moment to be fully realized by you.
Carnelian is the joy and abundance stone that will help you get in touch with your gratitude. It's known for its ability to increase vitality, motivation and creativity. It helps to align you with the energetics of celebration, joy, and happiness. And because of its energetic boost, it helps in the areas of prosperity and abundance.
Fluorite is all about helping you anchor magic, positivity, and gratitude into your life. It's a manifesting stone that helps to bring dreams into reality. It will help you to re-energize the Intentions you've set before and help you find the finish line. It's also a nice bright purple that will add some warmth to the darker winter months.
Moonstone is for sisterhood and is a touchstone of comfort, celebration, empathy, forgiveness, humor, affection, generosity and love. It is a stone of inner growth and strength. It soothes stress and emotional instability and helps to stabilize feelings, encouraging calm - like a good sister or friend.
Sunstone helps to facilitate independence and originality. It helps to activate deep feelings of worthiness and confidence. It also acts as a radiant body that will keep your mood up during the darker winter months.