The hidden side of equinoxes and solstices

We’ve known for a long time now that the Earth is subjected to astrological and astronomical changes but many people are ignorant of the spiritual meaning of these astrological phenomena such as – for instance – equinoxes and solstices.

What are equinoxes?

Equinoxes occur when the Sun lies exactly at the level of the equatorial plane of the Earth. In other words, it is at this very moment that the Sun spreads its light over both hemispheres in an equal manner.

The term “equinox” comes from the Latin word aequinoctium, a mix of aequus (equal) and noctis (night), meaning day and night have the same length. There are two equinoxes a year:

•  The first takes place between March 19 and March 21

•  The second one takes place between September 22 and September 23.

The dates on which equinoxes and solstices happen are approximately the same in both hemispheres. By contrast, seasons are reversed between both hemispheres.

Astronomical truths about solstices

Solstices are celestial phenomena taking place when the Sun is located at its greatest distance from the equator – either south or north.

Solstices correspond to the shortest or longest days (except for the zone located between the tropics). When the summer solstice draws nearer, days are the longest of the year. Conversely, the closer the winter solstice gets, the shorter are the days.

There are two solstices corresponding to the other two seasons – summer and winter:

•  June 21

•  December 21

To sum up, equinoxes and solstices mark the beginning of the four seasons from an astronomical but also astrological and spiritual point of view.

Four truths about the four seasons

Many celebrations linked to several religions and spiritual ways of life take place on these very key dates, so much so that it would take too long to list them here.

The most important is to know the spiritual meaning of equinoxes and solstices and what you can do to improve your existence when a season ends and another begins.

Spring equinox
Northern Hemisphere: between March 19 and March 21
Southern Hemisphere: between September 22 and September 23

This is the moment when projects should be implemented, the time to think about your own goals. This is the era of a renewal, a time when your opportunities are renewed to succeed in what you failed over the preceding seasons. It is a good period to take stock and go in other directions for the rest of the year.

Summer solstice 
Northern Hemisphere: June 21
Southern Hemisphere: December 21 

This is the moment when you should give a new impetus to your projects and rectify what did not work over the course of the previous season. This is the ideal moment to speed up and intensify your efforts to bring your projects to a successful completion and get to know people who are capable of helping you progress.

Fall equinox
Northern Hemisphere: between September 22 and September 23
Southern Hemisphere: between March 19 and March 21

It is the moment to put the finishing touches to your projects and bring them to life. You benefit from the experience derived from the previous seasons so take advantage of it. You can also be provided with many pieces of advice that will broaden your knowledge.

Winter solstice
Northern Hemisphere:  December 21
Southern Hemisphere: June 21

You should already have achieved the majority of your goals or be on the verge of doing so. Put the finishing touches to the projects that are still under way. Also, make the most of the benefits brought by the completion of your goals. Start thinking about other projects, which you will launch… over the course of the next season. 


About catherinehislop

I am the Founder of Global Unity Harmony Foundation
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