🌞🌝Happy Autumnal Equinox 2023!
(Or is it Equilux? Read on to learn the difference between Equinox vs. Equilux, and why we should pay attention.)
It started with a dream…
“In May I did some research to confirm what I’d felt: that there was something off with the Spring Equinox. I checked various sources and discovered that, if we take the Equinoxes to be equal days and nights, they are way off.“Spring Eq(uinox) was 16/17th of March; Autumn will be Sept. 26th this year. The Solstices are correct as they stand for some reason… So, that means that Cross-Quarter days were off… and Lammas, the Feast of First Harvest, falls on the 8th of August!”
What Zuzanna discovered about the Equinox
Over Zoom, Zuzanna filled me in on how she came to realize that the equinox on the calendar doesn’t match up with equal days and nights.
“I’ve been in nature living for the last five years, sort of camping and being very nomadic…And so I have a weather radio that I listen to every day because it’s important to know when it’s going to rain, what the temperature is going to be so I can be prepared.
…(T)he weather radio very kindly every day says when Sunset and Sunrise is. This spring, something caught my attention…I thought, wait a minute, that sounds like that’s an equal day. An equal night. It was…And it felt it also felt to me that it was the spring energy that day. I think it was like the 17th of March. So when the Equinox actually came around, I think it was the 21st this year, it didn’t feel like spring.
“And so... I looked online for a site that had a list of sunrise and sunset.
“…(T)he equinoxes were really easy to find because it’s equal day and equal night. ... And I found that they were off. They were really off, like (on the) 16th or 17th. And our equinoxes and solstices are celebrated (on)a range of dates between the 19th and the 23rd.
“…The solstices were really hard for me to see, to track my eyes, to look at these these dates. …(But)then a couple of weeks later, I redid the calculations and the solstices were correct.”
EquiNOX vs. EquiLUX
Why does this matter?
- On the equinox dates given to us on our calendars?
- Or on the equilux, when we can physically observe an equal day and night?
Equinox vs. Equilux: a theological and ceremonial conundrum
One of the first questions in our minds was, “what did our ancestors do?”
Did our foremonthers and -fathers celebrate the tipping point of the season at the equilux, holding ceremony at the observable time of equal day and night at their specific location?
Or did their calculations focus on the equinox- the alignment of the sun with the equator?
In my mind, it’s a question that merits further research.
One thing we have found when it comes to equinox vs. equilux is that we’re not the only ones taking this question seriously. While we personally are more concerned with when the energies are most intense and available, in certain Christian and Jewish circles, there is apparently some debate about which date is more legit according to scripture.
If you have any insights or can point us in the right direction to learn more about our ancestors’ approach to the equinox, please comment below!
Working with the energies of the Equinox and Equilux
In the meantime, if you work with Earth energies and want to align your ceremonies with them, this now presents a conundrum. Do you schedule your rituals for the Equinox as given on the standard calendar? Or do you find the date and time of the Equilux?
Do you want to know what I think?
I think we’re at a point in human evolution where we are being given more room for choice than ever before. And this question of Equinox vs Equilux is part of that equation.
Now that I’ve been made aware of the difference between the two dates, I’m noticing that each has its own energy. As long as we are clear on what we are really working with, is there any reason we can’t work with each of these energies as we feel guided?
Equinox vs. Equilux energies of September 2023
Personally, I’ve been experiencing a lot of energetic clearing associated with this Equinox window. A lot of it is centered around getting into the flow, and aligning with one’s natural rhythms.
A couple of the insights I’m being given at this time of the fall 2023 Equinox include:
- Right Timing. Sometimes in order to get in step with the dance, you have to skip a beat. It’s OK to let things go for a bit if that’s what it takes to get back into the flow!
- Be bold and fearless. If you ask for a sign (especially concerning a choice), sometimes it comes as a RESULT of making the correct choice (rather than before). Trust your intuition and take that leap you’re being asked to take – then watch for confirmation.
And around the 2024 fall Equilux?
Here I’m feeling a lot of strong energy of initiation and new beginnings.
This may seem counterintuitive for fall, but a lot of people don’t realize that autumn is actually a significant time for planting as well as harvest.
- In the garden, I’ll be planting garlic soon, and have a few hazelnut bushes to put in the ground this fall as well.
- And in my work, I have just been guided to sign up for two significant business programs that will hugely support me in reaching and helping more people in 2024. Coincidentally – or not! – they both start on September 26th – the very date of the 2023 fall equilux!
How about you? What downloads are you receiving at this time? Please feel free to share in the comments section below this article – it would be fun to compare notes!
Revised Seasonal Festival Dates for 2023-2024
In case you find it helpful, here is Zuzanna’s list of revised dates for recent past and upcoming seasonal festivals, using the equilux rather than the calendrical equinox for the equinox dates:
- Lammas: August 8, 2023
- Autumn Equinox: Sept 26 (seems to shift between 25/26th)
- All Hallow’s (Samhain): November 8
- Winter Solstice: the same as on calendars (Dec 21st this year)
- Imbolc/Groundhog Day: Feb 3, 2024 (not far off, this one, as it is traditionally celebrated on Feb. 2)
- Spring Equinox 2024: March 16
- Beltane 2024: May 4
- Summer Solstice 2024: June 20th (same as on calendar)
- Lammas 2024 will be August 9 (seems to shift between 8/9th)
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