The Spiritual Meaning of the Autumn Equinox
An Egyptian adornment worn over the chest which shows the duality between the rival gods Horus on one side (the god of light), and Seth on the other (the god of darkness), amidst other symbols
The autumn equinox is a mysterious time. It marks an essential passage in the spiritual work that is often overlooked, misunderstood, and mistaken as dark and heretical.
The autumn equinox 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.
We will look at the esoteric meaning of the autumn equinox, remnants of which can barely be found in lasting traditions from the times of ancient people’s who celebrated it and knew of its real significance, and how it is still relevant to those wishing to do a spiritual work and celebrate it in tune with the rhythms of the cosmos today. Generally, the more ancient the site or tradition, the closer it is to the spiritual message.
What is the Autumn / Fall Equinox?
Equinoxes occur twice a year—in spring and autumn, when night and day are approximately equal lengths, which is when the sun’s path crosses the equator.
Interestingly, the sun enters the astrological sign of Libra at the autumn equinox, which is the sign of the scales and of balance. The glyph for Libra represents the setting sun, expressing the balance between night and day.
The autumn equinox heralds a time of growing darkness, as after it the sun continues to descend and diminish (as it has since the summer solstice) so that the nights now become increasingly longer than the days, bringing the change of seasons and the cold and death of winter.
The Larger Spiritual Context of the Autumn Equinox
A ancient depiction of the Madonna and child in Egypt, with Isis/Hathor the divine mother, nursing her son Horus
The meaning of the autumn equinox is intertwined with that of the four points of the year (the two solstices at winter and summer, and the spring equinox), which each mark stages in the esoteric work that begin anew each year, and form a symbolic cross in the wheel of the year and in the sky, with the sun (Christ) at the center.
The solstices and equinoxes are to do with the journey and transitions of the sun, and the sun represents the Christ, a both universal and personal spiritual force whose birth or incarnation into a spiritually prepared person, has been enacted symbolically by enlightened figures throughout time, such as Jesus, Dionysus, Horus, Mithras, Odin, Krishna etc. and by the sun and stars in their movements in relation to the earth every year. This is why the lives of these great figures follow similar events which correspond with astrological movements e.g. the birthday of all these deities is celebrated at the winter solstice, and their death and resurrection at the spring equinox. This is no coincidence, but part of the greater design of the universe, revealing the process of spiritual awakening to humanity.
In times now lost, different groups of people understood this profound teaching and message that literally comes from above, and knew that the outer drama enacted in the heavens, was actually an inner representation of a human becoming spiritual, with the sun representing the spiritual aspect that incarnates within a person.
Here today, a group of people still exists who understand the eternal esoteric teaching, and will celebrate the autumn equinox in tune with its real meaning, as it has been done since ancient times.
The Spiritual Meaning of the Autumn / Fall Equinox
The Maoi of Easter Island facing the equinox sunset at Ahu Akivi (photo copyright Ian Sewell)
Traditionally, the autumn equinox is a celebration of the harvest, as it is when summer has finished giving its fruits, which are collected in preparation for the winter. But there are other indicators given by the most ancient sacred sites that mark the autumn equinox. Descending passages into subterranean pits, lit by the star of “Satan” at midnight. Seven-scaled feathered serpents of light descending giant pyramids. A giant pyramid aligned to the equinoxes built on a cave symbolizing the underworld. Seven giant statues facing the sunset that leads to growing darkness.
What was known to the ancients, and is known by mystics here today, is the part darkness plays in the work of spiritual transformation. Those in the orthodox superstitiously fear it, and many in the new age completely ignore it. But at the autumn equinox it can be found in the cycles of nature, and the alignment of our planet – and traces of it can be found here and there in ancient legends and myths that have become distorted over time.
Preparing the Way for the Spiritual to Be Born Within
The autumn equinox is when the initiate, the person working towards enlightenment, must descend with the aid of their divine mother (the female warrior goddess) into the underworld, chaos, or abyss, to fight the egos and evil within, to emerge with the light and knowledge gained in darkness and later ascend. Here it is Lucifer, the light-bearer, who is the tempter and helper in the work to incarnate the Christ. It is a time of sacrifice and death where the seed within a person must die (symbolized by the wheat, rice, barley, or corn), forming the basis for the divine alchemical sexual fire that the divine mother uses to destroy egos, before the Christ can be born within a person. The autumn equinox is a time of preparing the way for the spiritual to be born at the winter solstice.
The symbols of this preparation can be found throughout the ancient world, in the cosmos, and indicate what to go through to spiritually awaken.
The spiritual meaning of the autumn equinox has been obscured with time, much more than the other three events in the wheel of the year. This is because as the spiritual work was lost, the esoteric meaning became vague and must have seemed to represent sinister, evil forces. Thus the symbols were given other meanings and turned into other things in the way that Santa Claus symbolizes Christmas day. Parts moved to cross quarter days and meanings changed into celebrations of the dead, of evil spirits, harvest festivals, bonfires, sacrifices, drunkenness, and debauchery. Fortunately the pre-neolithic Atlanteans left the message of the real meaning in the architecture of sites such as the Great Pyramids, which were echoed in the cosmos and survived in sketchy details through myths, legends, and religions throughout history.
This is not my work. This is taken directly from HERE.