Happy Equinox - Day of Relationships
Happy Equinox, New Moon in Libra and Rosh Ha'shana!
In the next few weeks I will be in San Francisco, New York and Washington DC, so if you are in those locales, I hope to see you in person...Also, even though it is the first day of Autumn, I wanted to announce we will have the annual Kabbalah retreat in Esalen
in the spring, April 17-19.
Right as this email dropped into your inbox, the Sun transited from Virgo into Libra, initiating Autumn (in the Northern hemisphere). You might not even know it, but most likely you felt it somewhere in your body, mind, and/or soul. Today is an auspicious day celebrated by many different cultures and traditions in the past as well as the present. Right now, in this very moment of the Earth's orbit around the Sun, the day and night's duration is equal. Balanced in perfect harmony on the scales of Maat are the night and day, feminine and masculine, Yin and Yang, material and spiritual, compassion and judgment. Equality, receptivity and reciprocity reign today. A solemn reminder that even the most opposing contradicting forces can sign a peace treaty. If Darkness and Light can live in harmony, well, so could we.
How incredibly intuitive and wise were those early men and women star-gazers of Babylon, that they assigned to Libra, the sign of balance and equality, the ruelrship over marriage and relationships. I am not sure if they were truly egalitarian, or just stumbled upon a powerful truth. Relationships can only function in balance and equality. These early astrologers assigned the Autumn Equinox to be the first day of Libra, the sign Justice. Libra is not only the sign of partnerships but also enemies. Our enemies as well as our partners hold a clear mirror in front of us and that is why we love and hate them so much.
Equinox from Latin, "aequus (equal) and nox (night)
," is the perfect time to celebrate our partnership and sign a peace treaty. This is the true Valentine's according to the Zodiac wheel...
Libra in Kabbalah
According to the Talmud
and Kabbalah, Rosh Ha'Shana, the Jewish New Year, celebrated on the New Moon in Libra, (September 24/25 this year ) was also the day God created Adam and Eve. This suggests that mythologically speaking, humanity is indeed a double Libra. We as humans have to master relationships in order to graduate this earth school by attaining enlightenment, or in other words, move on. A few years ago, I made two videos explaining how humanity's birthday falls on the New Moon in Libra: PART 1
, PART 2
. The Shofar (Ram's horn) is blown on Rosh Ha'Shana
to open the skies for the deluge of prayer. Astrologically, the Ram's horn is the symbol of Aries, Libra's opposite and complimentary sign. When we are experiencing a Moon and Sun in Libra, we need the Aries as a support beam. Here is a video of me blowing the Aries out of my Shofar
The gospel of Libra goes something like this: "It is not the strong who survive but the one who formed the strongest partnerships. Born as two but function as one, that is the superpowers bestowed by the magic of relationships." The Equinox, as the initiator of Libra, is the time in the year we celebrate taking care of another and finding common grounds. The moment in the zodiac wheel when it is easier to see God in everyone we meet. Indeed, Libra is the sign of mirrors and it uses relationships to best reflect our true colors.
According to the oldest Kabbalistic text, Sefer Yetzirah, every zodiac sign is associated with a Hebrew letter. Kabbalists believe God created the universe using the 22 archetypes depicted by the Hebrew letters (associated later with the 22 Major Arcana in the Tarot). Libra was assigned the letter Lamed
, the tallest letter, which stands right in the middle of the alphabet, just as Libra occupies the center of the zodiac wheel:
Lamed holds the scales in balance, distributing equal energy between the masculine part of the year (Spring and Summer) and the feminine (Autumn and Winter). Lamed means two things in Hebrew, and true to its Libra nature, are equal but opposite: learning and teaching. In Hebrew the same root is given to the process of bestowing and absorbing wisdom and understanding. A true teacher learns when she emanates knowledge and a studious student teaches his mentors. I picked up Brazilian Jujitsu lately and therefore a humble white belt, but when I roll well with my brown or black belt teachers, they comment how it so amazing that they can still learn from sparring with absolute beginners.
According to the marriage of Astrology and Kabbalah, in order for relationships to be successful, the partners need to give as much as they receive, teach as much as they learn and help in the same measure they are helped. Otherwise, the bedroom becomes a therapy room or worse...
Depictions and traditional celebrations of Autumn Equinox
As we mentioned earlier, today is the day when daytime and night are equal in duration, however, this balance changes tomorrow as the nigh (goddess) grows in comparison to the day (god). This symbolizes the goddess conception. As the nights grow until the Winter Solstice, the Great Mother grows bigger (in the Northern Hemisphere) as in her womb she carries the savior god of light who will be born, if all goes well, on the Winter Solstice (Apollo, Artemis, Horus, Marduk, Attis, and Jesus to name a few).
In ancient Greek mythology, today is the day, that true to the added stipulation of her prenuptial agreement, Persephone must return to the Underworld, and join her husband Hades. Her mother, goddess of the earth, Demeter, must let her daughter die so she could return to be queen to the realm of dead. mourns for her beloved daughter and the trees, being her extension, shed their leaves to match her tears. Demeter goes into a sever winter-blues and with her all living creatures, frozen in snow by her depression. But no worries, she will reunite with her daughter in spring when she will reincarnate enabling nature to bud again.
In the Chinese tradition, the 15th day of the 8th moon, often coinciding with the Autumn Equinox, was celebrated with mooncakes as the festivities of harvest. In Wicca tradition, the equinox is celebrated as Moban, one of the eight pagan holidays.
In Japan it is called Higan-e, a week long celebration when people are encouraged to give offering to the image of the Buddha as well as the ancestors.
And in Middle Earth, at the Shire, on the Equinox, both Bilbo and Frodo were born. That is what lead the American Tolkien Society
to declare back in 1978, that Hobbit Day be celebrated on September 22nd. The Equinox.
How should we celebrate?
Even if you opened this email not on the day it fell into your binary-devices, no problem, in the ancient world, many cultures celebrated this auspicious day for an entire week. You can look at the Equinox as your "Relationships' Day." We have Father's Day and Mother's Day, Birthdays, Valentine's Day, Anniversary Day, but we have no Relationships' Day that felicitates the people, past and present, that shared our lives one way or the other. Autumn Equinox is the perfect time to meditate on your partners, from your first love to today. Maybe find three reasons why you were together and three reasons why it did not work. These relationship could include your training buddy, your business partner, your hiking pal etc.
The Equinox helps us reassess our relationships to relationship. It invites us to experience light and dark equally, good and bad, the positive as well as negative in every relationship we have or had - the seen and unseen, the conscious and subconscious. In other words, today is a great day for healing our significant relationship and reboot them with the new equinox 2014.0 upgrade...
Happy Autumn for those above the equator and happy spring to those below.
As Above so Below...