By Joseph “Joe” Panek | A Seeker’s Thoughts
“For everything there is a season,
and a time for every purpose under heaven.”
– Ecclesiastes 3:1
The word Equinox comes from two root words: aequus (equi) which means “equal” and nox or noct which means “night”. Therefore the word Equinox means “equal night”. It is the time of the year when there is a perfect balance between day and night; between the Sun and the Moon; between the celestial Silver and Gold.
Furthermore, the Autumn and Spring Equinox is the “tipping point” of earth’s annual Cycle when either the the Moon overcomes and begins to outdistance the Sun, or when the Sun overcomes and begins to outdistance the Moon.
Ancient temples and sacred monuments were built with three windows facing to the East. The left, or northern-most window, let in the rays of the rising Sun on the day of the Summer Solstice: the day when the Sun reached its northern-most point in the Constellation (tropic) of Cancer. The middle window let in the rays of the rising Sun on the day of the Spring and Autumn Equinox. The right, or southern-most window, let in the rays of the rising Sun on the day of the Winter Solstice: the day when the Sun reached its southern-most point in the Constellation (tropic) of Capricorn.
In the northern hemisphere, the Autumn Equinox is that moment of the year when the Moon, which has been pursuing the Sun for the six months since the Spring or Vernal Equinox, has finally caught up to the Sun and will now begin to out-distance the Sun and rule the heavens for the next half year until the Sun once again catches up to, and begins to outdistance, the Moon at the Spring Equinox.
Mythologically, this is the celestial dance, the annual heavenly pursuit, which takes place between the Sun and the Moon; between darkness and light; between the feminine and the masculine; between the Silver and Gold.
From the Autumn Equinox forward the Sun’s Seeds (its solar rays) begin to lose their power as the darkness of the lunar-ruled sky cools the surface of the earth. It is the time when leaves change color, fall from the trees, and blanket the earth. It is the time when Mother Earth begins Her annual slumber…Her “long winter’s nap”.
Mythologically, the Autumn Equinox is the time when Persephone bids adieu to her mother Demeter on earth, takes her Pomegranate (which contains all of earth’s fertile seasonal Seeds) below ground, and spends the next six months with her husband in Hades.
The Autumn Equinox is the Time of the year when many plants and animals begin taking shelter below the surface of the earth while they await the warming of Spring in the womb of Mother Earth.
This is also the time of year when the animal life which depends on nature’s nutrients either go into hibernation or seek out warmer climates.
One of the Hermetic truisms is ” As above so below, as below so above”. Therefore, metaphorically, this seasonal dance between the Sun and the Moon reminds us that there is a time for activity and a time for rest; a time for concentration and a time for meditation; a time to pursue and a time to relax. For whether or not we are aware of it, or want to accept it, we are all children of the universe and part of the Great Cosmic Dance.