Today is the Fall Equinox and the first day of autumn. Many think of the Equinox as a phenomenon that lasts an entire day instead of just a moment in time (around 6:03 PM PST on Thursday, September 22, 2022). The Fall Equinox is the start of a new season of bold colors and crunchy leaves that will herald the Aurora Borealis aka the Northern Lights and the Harvest Moon in October. In history, the Fall Equinox is tied to honoring the harvest, but also to the bi-annual Snake of Sunlight in Mexico and medieval Apple Magic used to find the key to true love in the peel of an apple.

Many indigenous cultures around the world recognize the power of nature, the four markers of the year (Winter Solstice, Spring Equinox, Summer Solstice, and Fall Equinox), and how that connects to the earth’s wisdom. On a personal level, it reminds us of the change of seasons and gives us time to take stock of what we have planted and nurtured in ourselves, our families, our friend circles, and our communities. It is also a good time to make plans for the upcoming winter season and the new year.

Gaia Passages’ program circles gather in over 9 distinct watersheds on unceded lands. We support both the Sorgorea Te’ Land Trust and contribute to the Amah Mutsun Land Trust to support their efforts of cultural healing, rematriation of territories, and regeneration of the land and water.

From our real (or imagined) hearths to yours, the team at Gaia Passages wishes you a happy Fall Equinox and season!

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