equinoxes are the seasonal time of balance and harmony
when the days and nights are equal in length. During the
the Earth’s auric or
magnetic field is affected by the Sun’s alignment with the Earth’s
equator. Twice each year, at the equinoxes, the Sun rises and sets exactly over
the equator remaining closely aligned there for approximately 48 hours.
equinox solar affect produces a reduction in the magnetic
field of the Earth, allowing us to connect more easily
with other dimensions. The equinox effect
begins around 24 hours before, and ends around 24 hours after, the exact
Equinox point. Thus, the Sun’s annual rhythmic cycle
is intimately wired to our experience of the seasons.
Certain seasonal cycles are optimum timings for connecting
sacred sites all over the planet. Doorways into the mysteries are more easily
accessed during this time and when we consciously engage this energy we have
an even greater opportunity to activate our own experience of these sacred
timings and what they have to offer us.
ancient architects and builders of Chaco Canyon (in New Mexico)
were inspired to build what is essentially
now explained as some sort of equinox
in their main building complex. This corridor marks the equinox Sunrise,
tracks the Sun’s journey through the sky, and then marks the equinox
This corridor was designed to capture the So Below experience
of this As Above bi-annual event, giving us another potent
clue about the importance
seasonal timing. This understanding may inspire each of us to tune
in and discover what
significance the equinox timings represent for us individually and
September Equinox Details
It is fascinating to note that the Zero Libra point, marking
the September Equinox, is currently aligned with the
North Galactic Pole. The North Galactic Pole lies
90 degrees north of the Galactic Plane in the constellation of Coma Berenices.
This particular near exact alignment only happens for 144 years, during a
26,000 year cycle as the equinox and solstice points
move one degree every 72 years.
The exact alignment is happening now. One interpretation of the constellation
Coma Berenices is that it represents long beautiful hair.
Anne Wright's website on Fixed Stars gives
this mythic description:
is “a classical story concerning the hair of Berenice,
the wife of Ptolemy III of Egypt.
happened that Ptolemy had to fight against the Assyrians.
Berenice feared for his
life and went to the temple to pray that her husband would
emerge victorious from the fray.
In her anxiety she promised to sacrifice her hair to
Venus, the Goddess of Love, if Ptolemy were to return
was very famous for her beauty. She had beautiful long
amber-colored hair, which she was really proud of.
She asked the royal
oracle, Conon, what to do. Conon advised the queen
to offer her beautiful
hair to Aphrodite (Venus the goddess of love and beauty)
for the safe return of her husband. Berenice did not
hesitate; she was willing to sacrifice anything for
her dear husband.
After weeks of tension and waiting Ptolemy returned safe
and sound. The nation rejoiced but when Berenice told
her promise to sacrifice her hair, Ptolemy was very upset
because it was the crowning glory of his queen; it was
with loving care by Berenice's ladies-in-waiting, it
had the admiration of the nation, and it gave inspiration
Nothing, however, would change Berenice's mind. She went
to the temple where her beautiful locks were cut off
on the altar by the priests. The next day when the king
went to the temple to have a look at his wife's hair, he was
to find the hair had been stolen. He summoned the priests
and would have put them to death, then and there, had
not the court
astrologer intervened in the nick of time.
No, no, your majesty, do not blame the priests, it is not their
fault, wait until it is dark and I will show you where your
wife's hair is".
when day turned into night the astronomer took the king
to look at the night sky "Look! Dost thou not see the
clustered curls of thy queen, too beautiful for a single temple
to possess, placed there by the gods for all the world to see?
Look! They glitter like a woven net, as golden as they were
on Berenice's head".
And there, between Canes Venatici, Bootes, Leo and Virgo,
twinkled a mass of very faint stars. The astronomer
declared that Jupiter
had descended from Heaven the night before to take
the golden locks up to the heavens where they could be admired
whole world, not only by one nation. The king was satisfied
with this explanation and Berenice was delighted that
Venus had so honored her.
Coma Berenice seems to have been first alluded to by
Eratosthenes as Arladne's Hair in his description of
It was not known till about 243 BCE, in the reign of
the 3rd (Euergetes),
the brother and husband of Berenice, whose amber hair
we now see in the sky figure. It was the happy invention
by Conon of Samos (the royal astrologer) that consoled
the royal pair after the theft of the tresses from the
The word Berenice, is from the Macedonian form of the
purer Greek – Victory – bearing... Christians also called
this constellation "The Veil of Veronica," probably
because the Herodian Beronica has a Latin name that is equivalent
to Berenice ("v" and "b" are closely related).
Some Christians saw it as Flagellum, "The Whip," the
Latin word from which the English word flagellate is
derived, which describes the instrument used to whip
Bayer also mentioned Rosa, a Rose, or a Rose Wreath;
but he figured it on his plate of Bootes as a Sheaf of
to the Virgo Ceres close by; indeed, Karsten Niebuhr,
at Cairo in 1762, heard it called Al Rusat, the Arabic
object, or for a Pile of Fruit, Grain, or Wood.
The Dresden globe has it as an Ivy Wreath, or, just as
probably, a Distaff held in the Virgin's hand, which
has been designated
Fusus vel Colus, Fila et Sta,nina, the Distaff, Thread,
The Arabian astronomers knew Coma as Al Ralbah, or Al
Dafirah, the Coarse Hair, or Tuft, in the tail of the
Lion of the
zodiac, thus extending that figure beyond its present
the star Denebola.
Coma probably was known in early Egypt as the Many Stars.
The naked eye can really see a wealth of glitter in
the area of
Coma Berenices, but a small telescope reveals an even
more glorious display of astral abundance. (Robson).”
The rising Sun at the September Equinox obscures our
view of this constellation and the North Galactic Pole.
consider this region of the sky one of the best for
studying other galaxies, because the conditions here
in essence creating a clear window to see other galaxies.
gives us further clues about what we can tune into
during this timing as the brightness of the Sun, also
(or window?) into the knowing” according to the
Upanishads, activates the North Galactic Pole and the
of Coma Berenices. This timing then may be an excellent
to more clearly experience our intergalactic connections,
and to receive a greater understanding of our relationship
The constellation of Coma Berenices also gives us some important
clues about this area of the sky. The symbol of hair conjures
up many images and mythical stories. In some traditions hair
symbolizes our connection to personal power, life force, and
strength, i.e. Samson. In the story of Rapunzel her hair symbolized
a link to the outside world, and the sacred masculine (Prince)
who intended to free her from her prison tower. Other traditions
see hair as a symbolic link to the power of thought, spiritual
knowing and inspiration, and higher powers. The black hair
of Kali symbolizes Time, the matted hair of Siva symbolizes
the ascetic, the curled hair of the Buddha symbolizes mastery
of life force in a tranquil and serene state. (Sourced from
An Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Traditional Symbols by J.C.
These images provide additional dimensions to the significance
of the Autumnal Equinox (as it is experienced in the Northern
Hemisphere, or the seasonal point of the year marking the crossing
of the return threshold from the journey that began at Winter
Solstice, and the seasonal time of final harvest and preparation
before a new cycle begins.
In essence, this begins an in-between the worlds experience
(represented by crossing through the return gateway),
not of the world of the previous quest and not fully
of the world
where the quest began because so much has grown
The alignment of this seasonal point with the North
Galactic Pole lets us know that we are truly becoming
as we learn how to consciously exist in many realms
Accessing the mysteries from this multi-dimensional
perspective enhances our ability to consciously dream
the dream onward.
There are no rules about how to engage this timing.
Indeed, it may be time to create new ways that are
alive and significant
for us now when we ceremonially participate with
the mysteries of the turning of the seasons.
Tuning into your own guidance is the best way to
align with what is true for you at this time and
how best you can connect
with these mysteries. Blessed Be!