Yo, check my mandala. (I’ve always wanted to say that.) It’s the autumnal equinox again, an event I’ve celebrated now six years running, a time for gratitude and reflection, even as we step into the dark, into the creative power of the abyss, even as we acknowledge our losses. I made the mandala to express some of these themes, and as I look back I see I’ve slowly accumulated a wealth of practices and observances for the equinox.
- I’ve collected an album of autumnal equinox photos (mostly by yours truly) and a board of autumnal equinox images (mostly by others).
- I wrote an essay on what it all means: Part One and Part Two
- I put together a mix of autumnal equinox music.
- Brand new: In honor of The Daily Show, the autumnal equinox and our 22nd wedding anniversary, I present this song to my wife. It’s a Death Cab for Cutie cover, with backing instrumentals by the Homan family house band (Michael, Gilgamesh, and Kalypso).
Last weekend we celebrated with Lamplight Circle, this morning I visited my daughter’s class (to read a book, do a science demo, share a treat, and make a gratitude chain), this evening we feast with family and friends, this weekend we hope to commune with nature at Bayou La Terre. And, on an intensely personal note, at this juncture I dedicate (or rededicate) myself to my personal mission/vision of awakening to Gaia, which is manifesting especially through a renewal of activity with the Greens. More on that soon.
If you’re reading this, thanks for being a part of my life, and I hope you may enjoy this equinox in your own way.