The secret gift of the Equinox

Black and white shadows on the lawn

Today is the Spring Equinox, the Vernal Equinox.  The tilt of our Earth’s axis inclines neither away nor toward the sun.  The sun beams forth from directly above the Equator.

Our days and nights rest briefly at equal length, in blessed balance.

Sepia equinox shadows

I want to share a little secret with you, gleaned from some spiritual books read years ago.  The names and authors have long been forgotten, so you can choose to believe this tidbit or forget it.

Because the earth lies in perfect balance at both the Spring and Fall Equinox, we humans may also benefit from this energy.

For three days before and after the equinox, the earth’s energy can help us balance our own energy.

Shadows heralding spring

How do we utilize this?

Many ancient folks recognized the Equinox and Solstices as having powerful energy.  Some quested for vision during this magic doorway.  Others prayed, meditated, contemplated deeply.

It’s perhaps helpful for us to find some quiet space during the doorway of the Equinox.  Look deeply at our life.  See more clearly what is working and what isn’t.

Are we choosing actions which reflect our deepest joy, creativity, heart-filled love?  Or are we choosing actions which have somehow become stale, rigid, old, ineffective?

Refrigerator illumination

In this sacred doorway, we can choose again to dedicate our life to higher or deeper principles.  We can look fearlessly.  We can observe the patterns of our days and decide with more wisdom and strength.

The balance of the earth will mirror our resolve.  We can utilize the Earth’s balance to help restore our own.

Shadow and light: wood, grain, windows

I spent most of the afternoon in quiet and meditation.

Later, the shadows of the trees and the reflection of light taught its lessons.  The light seems precious, filled with possibility.

Branch shadows etched on basement wall

The afternoon of silence stretches into evening now.  I am feeling more balanced, more peaceful.

I pray that the energy of this Equinox helps also to balance and revive you, to direct you more clearly and steadfastly into the path which opens up from the shadows and light.

About Kathy

I live in the middle of the woods in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Next to Lake Superior's cold shores. I love to blog.
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21 Responses to The secret gift of the Equinox

  1. Tina Louise says:

    Beautifully done, I wish you a delightful equinox.
    Tina Louise

  2. Marianne says:

    Beautiful Kathy! Thank you!

  3. holessence says:

    Kathy – I felt like I received a blessing reading this post, thank you.

  4. pearlz says:

    The shadows are amazing- all the best for the equinox.

  5. Desiree says:

    shadows! all of these are excellent.

  6. Jane says:

    Welcome home from your trip. So good to hear you had a rejuvinating time full of family love and new adventures.
    I enjoyed looking at your photos in the different tones. So fitting for your post on the subject of planetary balance and how it relates to us. Thank you for your wishes of balance and light.

  7. amy says:

    Wonderful…luv ’em!

  8. I had a balance of solo ceremony, work on the land, and celebration ceremony with my dance tribe. I felt the pivot of balance strongly and for spring especially, felt it as something to celebrate. Essentially, I felt the balance as a an emptiness, a blessedness of non-existence. As a living actor in this life, I choose many expressions that tilt the balance one way or another. Life is dynamic. Being is still, empty balance. So much depends on knowing that ultimate, red wheelbarrow moment. I am grateful wrote and pictures the dance of light and shadow to eloquently today, Kathy.

  9. janet says:

    We had fun setting eggs on their butts at my house warming party last night to celebrate the balance. Spring is my favorite season as it’s so full of hope and color. I’ve never seen it expressed quite like you did with the photographic view of shadow and light. Nice!

  10. Cindy Lou says:

    Horray for you, Janet….I love to balance eggs on their squat little butts! And though it was a bit chilly yesterday, my walk in the woods was just what I needed to balance my life in these last few days before long-awaited spring break. Thanx, Kathy, for sharing your wisdom once again!

  11. Jeff Stroud says:


    Thank you for the lovely thoughtful reflections on the gift of the equinox! How wondrous!
    I love the photographs and your thoughtfulness to capture them in all their shadowy beauty!

    I am Love, Jeff

  12. Kathy, I have spent the last two days with an overwhelming sense of inner peace, joy and contented appreciation. Now I know why:) Lovely post and may your balance leave ripples in your life during the months ahead.

  13. flandrumhill says:

    What an interesting time it is Kathy. We can all use a little more balance in our lives.

    It’s no wonder that certain cultures celebrate their New Year at this time. My son in Afghanistan said they were planting trees yesterday in celebration of the New Year.

  14. Sherrilene says:

    I enjoyed. And learned a lot. Thank you.

    Best, Sherrilene

  15. Jessica says:

    Blessed Vernal Equinox to you too my friend. I am glad you are home safe and sound.


  16. Kathy says:

    So happy to hear from all of you at the Equinox! Wishing you days and weeks and months of the gifts of balance and centeredness. Blessings!

  17. What wonderful and thoughtful thoughts on this Vernal Equinox ! Thank you so much for sharing these beliefs about awareness, balance, peace. The pictures you chose are simply beautiful, they blend in beautifully with your words.

    • Kathy says:

      Isabelle, I am glad you enjoyed the thoughts and pictures about the Equinox. I know I am feeling more balanced these days… Blessings for your own awareness, balance and peace, as well.

  18. Wonderful shadow images in your lovely equinox post. Thanks for all the information you shared.
    Hugs and blessings,

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