The Autumnal Equinox: Getting Back to Basics

September 23rd, 2008

The Autumnal Equinox is a period of balance and transition. In the Eleusinian Mysteries, the maiden Kore is abducted by Hades, thus precipitating a series of events that lead to loss and hardship for many.

Many people are learning about transition from a time of plenty to a time of loss and hardship. The credit markets are hemorrhaging and causing extreme volatility in the financial markets worldwide. I find it entirely appropriate that the worst week of stock market volatility in many years happened during the time of the Autumnal Equinox. Like others, I had a difficult time not losing money and I thank the Gods I fared better than some others by the end of the week.

On a personal level, my family’s life became more volatile over the Equinox weekend when someone hit our minivan on the 210 Freeway. None of us were hurt, but the van took significant damage. It was towed and we had to get a taxi to take us home. Too bad this is Los Angeles and not New York or Beijing. Getting a taxi was quite a job, as you need to phone for one instead of just holding your arm out. Then it takes an hour to arrive.

When we finally got home late in the evening, we found that my key no longer worked to open the deadbolt to our condo. It was dark and we were locked out. And my cell phone went dead while talking to a locksmith. Luckily, our neighbors were home and willing to let us use their phone. It was 11:00 pm by the time we got into our condo and we were out $380 cash for the locksmith. Naturally, I’m asking the landlord to reimburse since the cause of the problem was that the deadbolt was 26 years old and worn out.

All of this happening together near the time of the Autumnal Equinox made me think about the volatility and transition that happens during Eqinoxes. I previously wrote about this in Storms of Balance and Storms of Balance: Part II. The difference, though, is that now it is the time of the Autumnal Equinox which is a time of decline, at least in the northern hemisphere.

When a cycle such as this turns toward decline, it is a sign that excesses need to be trimmed and we are reminded to know the difference between wants and needs and to know what we truly need to be happy. Many think that they must have certain things or their world will come to an end.

They think they need to have predictable growth in their retirement investments. Their career needs to progress in a predictable and upward fashion. And their income. They think they need their large house, and the next one must be larger. Same with the cost of their car.

After experiencing such a time of growth and plenty, we forget that all things happen in cycles. After the good times come the bad. But the bad times are not the end. Instead, they are the times that builds us as people. They force us to question our values and decide which still hold true. It is the tragic collapse of the Tower that releases us from the bondage of the Devil to provide us the healing and hope of the Star.

Americans need to remember how to live as part of the world, instead of living as if we were above all others. This doesn’t need to be done with socialist government programs, but will happen naturally through periods of decline such as this. Unlike what the politicians say, the markets are not broken; they are working exactly as intended. When we live in a way that is unsustainable, the Gods and the spirits will help us return to sustainability, as they are starting to now.

I highly recommend that you take stock of your life and your situation. What is important to you? What can you do without and what must you have? Write it down. The tide of prosperity has lifted most Americans, so as the tide goes out, most will fall. Know ahead of time what you can give up so you don’t need to do it in a panic.

Use this time to improve your faith in the spirits and the Gods. Know that they will provide what you truly need. If you lose something, ask yourself if you needed it, or was it just baggage that slowly weighed you down. Even fun baggage is still baggage.

And thank the Gods for this time of hardship. It teaches important lessons that cannot be learned when you have a comfortable life.

4 Responses to “The Autumnal Equinox: Getting Back to Basics”

  1. Livia Says:

    Wise words as always. Especially the “even fun baggage is baggage”. It’s hard to swallow but true.

  2. Morninghawk Says:

    Unfortunately, we all need to learn to swallow the bitter pill from time to time, but it lays the seeds of healing and growth.

    Thanks for the comment.

  3. Sabrina Says:

    A few days ago I was ruminating on my blog over some losses that have affected me recently. This very thoughtful post (as yours always are!) helped me keep things perspective. Thanks!
    Mabon Blessings,

  4. Morninghawk Says:

    I saw your blog post. I’m glad to have been able to help in some small way. I’m sure things will get better for you. I recommend thinking of yourself as having graduated from your original online group, instead of having lost it. Though when it happens, it feels like the same thing, I’m sure.

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