September’s Equinox arrives today at 07:50 UTC, marking the start of Spring in the Southern Hemisphere (SH) and for us in the Northern Hemisphere (NH) the first day of Autumn.
There are many different naming traditions for the Equinox:
Autumn Equinox is also known as Fall Equinox, Alban Elfed, Cónacht An Fómhar, Méan Fómhar, Mabon, Second Harvest, Winter Finding
Spring Equinox is also known as Vernal Equinox, Alban Eilir, Cónacht An Earraigh, Earrach, Ostara, Oestre, Summer Finding
In Celtic Irish traditions, the Fall Equinox summons A Ghaoth Anear (a-gwee-annair) the Wind of The West, the Element of Water and our animal allies the Stag and Doe, representing the harmony and balance of the Divine Masculine and the Divine Feminine. In Autumn, we are supported by Mamaí Mara (Mother Sea, who rules the waters… the oceans, rivers & lakes) reminding us to flow and cleanse like water… and An Cailleach, the Crone of Winter who reminds us that the dark and cold of winter is coming, a time of rest, contemplation and rebirth.
The Spring Equinox summons A Ghaoth Anoir (a-gwee-annoyr) the Wind of The East, the Element of Air, and Eagle (the gift of vision). In Spring we are supported by the godesss Brighid, the Goddess of the Springtime (and who many say transforms from An Cailleach at Imbolc), when new life arises and our creativity surges.
How is this Equinox manifesting for you?
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