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Autumnal Rituals: What Is the Meaning of the September Equinox?

28 Jul

Where will you be on Tuesday, September 22, 2020?

It might seem somewhat premature to be planning for a date that's two months in the future -- until you realize that the 22nd is the date of the September equinox. If you want to learn the meaning behind this spiritually significant occasion in order to make the most of it, read on!

First Things First: What Are the Equinoxes?

Two equinoxes and two solstices mark the changing of the seasons on Earth. Many people tend to think of the solstices and equinoxes as being similar. In fact, they are more like opposites.

The vernal equinox occurs late March, while its autumnal counterpart is in late September. On both of these dates, the day and night are of equal length. The word equinox itself is derived from two Latin words: aequus, or equal, and nox, meaning night. 

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