In this installment of Practical Magic, Lisa Stardust breaks down the autumnal equinox. Always remember that magic is for believers, but this column can also simply serve as a guide to getting in touch with yourself - magically or not.
Autumn is soon upon us, as well as the Sun's ingress into Libra Season. The autumnal equinox marks the day when there are equal parts day and night. Magically speaking, the autumn equinox (AKA Mabon) is an energetic awakening in which the veil between the material and spiritual worlds is thought to be thinned. Therefore, it's a potent time for spells, intuition, and gaining clarity.
Witches pay tribute to the Mother Goddess, who is one of the Triple Goddesses of the Moon (The Maiden, The Mother, and The Crone), for enriching our lives with food from the last harvest of the year. Known as the "witch's Thanksgiving" it's a time to feast on the delicious bounty Mother Earth provides for us and honor the world that we live in.
The 2020 autumnal equinox occurs at 9:30 a.m. EDT on September 22nd.
Here are ways to celebrate, based on your zodiac sign:
It's the perfect time for you to find balance in your life. Stop dedicating all of your energy to one objective and focus on other matters. If you spend equal amounts of time on all that you do, you'll become centered and ready to take on the brand new season.
Cleanse your personal space during the autumnal equinox. Sage your room or light mugwort to get rid of all the stale energy that's lingering around your home from last season. You can also place quartz or citrine crystals by the window to dispense fresh vibes and positivity into your room.\
Get creative, Gemini! Use the magical natural charms found in your garden or backyard to evoke the autumnal energy. Make a grapevine wreath with leaves, acorns, walnuts, and apples to decorate the outside or inside of your home. You can also add glitter and Halloween decor to it.
After quarantining at home for the past few months, it's time to give your pad a mini makeover. Spruce up your digs by adding a bit of seasonal flair. Use spicy autumnal colors for inspiration as your color palate. This will energize your body, mind, and spirit in the upcoming months.
Let nature lessen your stresses. It will feel refreshing and energetically restorative to ground yourself during this time. You'll find that a meditative outdoor walk alone or giving back to the Earth by planting flowers, planets, fruits, and vegetables for the next harvest helps to relax your mind.
Breathe into your Manipura chakra (it's located between your naval and solar plexus). Feel the light enter your body and fill up the center of this space. This meditation will fill your belly up with fire and greatly define your personal power. It'll add strength and determination to your spirit.
The autumnal equinox initiates the beginning of your solar return (the degree of the sun at the exact time of your birth). Therefore, it's important for you to treat yourself. Bake a yummy pumpkin pie and create a scrumptious feast for one or more if you aren't social distancing alone.
Let's be real: You can use a time-out from the world to focus on yourself. The autumnal equinox is a time for self-reflection. No one needs this more than you at the moment. You'll be able to figure out what needs to change in your life by looking inward.
Spread the love, Sag! Start a chain letter, social media thread, or email conversation among your friends to stay connected and up to date with each other's secrets and goals. This will also serve as a great way to inspire and motivate those you care about now (and vice versa).
Being that the autumnal equinox is one of the most magical days of the year, a great way to embrace the holiday is to make a toast to nature with a spicy chai tea or cider. Honor the harvest and drink organic libations to celebrate the season with food magic.
Make a magical potion of your own by charging water, crystals, and talismans under the daylight and moonlight. Your accessories will absorb the Earth's energy and give a lot of power to your spells and incantations. You'll also be able to pep up your life as a result.
Take a soothing bath with apple slices, cinnamon, and Epsom or Himalayan salt to show the Earth gratitude for all of its bounty, beauty, and splendor. You can light a cardamom-scented candle and place it next to the bath to greet the invigorating energy, with a dash of happiness.
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