An equinox is one of two opposite points on the celestial sphere where the celestial equator and ecliptic intersect. As the Sun passes an equinox, the lengths of the day and night everywhere on Earth are equal, that is 12 hours.
The equinoxes then, together with the solstices, are the defining moments of the start of the (astronomical) seasons, except in China, where they mark the center of the respective seasons.
The Autumn Equinox begins at zero Libra.
There are those who believe the equinox solar affect produces a reduction in the magnetic field of the Earth, providing easier access to other dimensions beginning around 24 hours before, and ending around 24 hours after the exact Equinox point.
Doorways or thresholds into the mysteries are more easily accessed during equinoxes and when we consciously engage this timing we are taking advantage of the opportunity to further activate our own experience of these sacred timings and what they have to offer us.
This is a great time to be on the land, in a power spot that calls to you, whether that is in a forest, near a body of water, on a mountain, in a sacred site or in your back yard.
What is important is to create the time and space that supports a direct experience of the mysteries that are ready to reveal themselves to you. From Ellie Crystal’s website: http://www.crystalinks.com
A ceremony giving thanks for the growing energies of the Source and the fertility of the Goddess should be performed at this time. Use creativity and imagination to create the space for receiving the harvest and giving thanks. You can light a candle and call in the energies of the goddess giving her your heart felt thanks for your bountiful harvest. Create a meditation and visualize the Goddess in front of you and give your thanks to her.
Ancient Symbols of Autumnal Equinox:
Use as a time for: Second Harvest, the Mysteries, Equality and Balance
Use Decorations of: Wine, gourds, pine cones, acorns, grains, corn, apples, pomegranates, vines like ivy, dried seeds, and horns of plenty.
Use Herbs: Acorn, benzoin, ferns, grains, honeysuckle, marigold, milkweed, myrrh, passion flower, rose, sage, solomon's seal, tobacco, thistle, and vegetables.
Eat Foods: Breads, nuts, apples, pomegranates, and vegetables: potatoes, carrots, and onions.
Use Scents: Autumn Blend=benzoin, myrrh, and sage.
Use Colors: Red, orange, russet, maroon, brown, and gold.
Use Gemstones: Sapphire, lapis lazuli, and yellow agates.
Gathering things outside and bring them in (flowers, fruit, vegetables) is a symbol of your harvest, walking in the woods is an appreciation of what you have received, scattering seeds in harvested fields and offering water to trees, acorns is a giving back and sowing. Honoring those who have passed over, honors their legacy in you.
It is a magical time for the intention of prosperity, self-confidence, harmony and balance. We enter a Time of Balance, Equilibrium, and Justice. Libra is an Air Sign ruled by Venus - Love and Balance. Autumn colors include the frequency of the color orange and a lighter version of that frequency is Peach.
Use these powerful energies to create and bring in the dreams, goals and visions that will bring you into greater balance.