Updated: Sep 18, 2020
The Fall Equinox is almost upon us, and it’s time to take stock of the progress and setbacks we've experienced over the past nine months. Let's take a few moments to consider how nature found its way to the fall.
The Winter Solstice generally occurs on December 21st or 22nd of the previous year. It is the cold and wet season and the darkest time of the year. Because seeds grow best in complete darkness, it is the perfect time to plant the seeds for what we want to manifest in the coming year.
What we nurture in the winter begins to spring forth during the Spring Equinox (March 21st or 22nd), the warm and wet the time of year. This is the time to gently cleanse the body and mind while making sure that old habits that no longer serve us are not brought into the new season (we pull weeds that may have surfaced, nurture the new growth that is occurring). It is also the optimal time to rejuvenate our liver and if we do not reduce inflammation from winter, allergies will rise up and make our lives miserable.
As we move into the hot and dry period of the Summer Solstice (June 21st or 22nd), the sun’s intensity is at its pinnacle. It is the time of great illumination (our inner light expands at its widest allowing us to engage in deep self-contemplation). We “see” what is really going on in our lives. It’s important to sustain correct energy and make diligent efforts to course correct where needed as any habits formed will take deep root. Heat continues to rise until it reaches it pinnacle and then has no choice but to FALL.
This brings us to The Fall Equinox (September 21st or 22nd). The Fall season represents the transition from hot to cold. The temperature begins to drop, but not quite enough to generate significant moisture, so (even though hurricane season is June - November) the Fall Equinox represents the cool and dry time of the year.
The Meaning of Equinox
The word "equinox" comes from aequus, the Latin word for "equal," and nox, the Latin word for "night." It is the time of the year when we experience equal periods of day and night.
The Fall Equinox represents the time of the year where we take stock of the past last nine months and consider/analyze/make a plan for what we need to do to prepare for the year ahead. This is the best time to consider what seeds we need to plant for the winter solstice (seeds can be a business idea, a new direction, cultivating healthy relationships, etc.). We are called to look honestly and deeply at what we did or did not do. We take the time to consider what grew and what didn’t grow (and why). With a clear mind, we review what happened and what didn’t happen (and why).
How to Harness the Power of the Fall Equinox
Celebrate and learn from accomplishments.
Commit to accepting and working through CHALLENGES.
RELEASE JUDGEMENT: objectively reflect on how have we have lived so that we can make changes where needed.
What About Cleansing?
While cleansing is important (we certainly don’t want old toxins moving into the new season), it is important for us to mildly cleanse the body through food and movement. Aggressive cleansing programs are not recommended during this time of year.
Nutritional Suggestions (attempt to eliminate meat four days before and two days after the equinox if possible – or limit to lunchtime only):
Fall Equinox Morning Routine
Journal, practice breathing exercises, meditate and engage in contemplation.
Do some fun, sweaty activity. Practice Qigong neck exercises to clear the mind.
Eat cantaloupe + cayenne pepper (as hot as tolerable, but don’t suffer) first thing in the morning and wait 20 minutes before eating anything else.
Drink a cup of cleansing “orange juice.” Make a pitcher ahead of time which consists of 9 limes (or lemons) + 18 dates + 1 fresh turmeric root + 1 inch piece of ginger (more if tolerable😊). Fill blender with distilled water and blend to a smooth drink. Pour into a pitcher and drink a cup morning and evening (skip the cayenne and go light/easy on the herbs if nursing).
Eat fruits that are in season before meals or 2 hours after meals.
Fall Equinox Afternoon Routine
Make lunch the heaviest meal of the day.
Eat a rich healthy salad of chicory, endive, dandelion greens, raw onions (white or red, soak in raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar if you are unable to digest raw onions) chopped up fine, garlic or sprinkle on some asafoetida, radishes, avocados, fresh cayenne peppers (use sparingly if suffering from hemorrhoids), watercress, shredded beets – with a dressing of raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar + unrefined hemp oil or olive oil + pinch of sea or Celtic salt (add parsley, rosemary or other fresh herbs for flavor)
Take a short walk after lunch to stimulate digestion
Fall Equinox Evening Routine
No eating after 7 pm
Stick with nourishing vegetable soups. If cooking is not your thing, go for Asian food (no noodles, stick with brown rice and veggies)
Go for a walk after dinner
Journal and meditate (put new activities into your calendar)