Celebrate fall at Unity equinox ceremony
It may be tough to admit, but winter preparations are underway. Have you already noticed some sure signs all around you? Daylight hours are getting shorter, nights longer and chillier. Flip-flops have been relinquished to the back of the closet, knowing your toes will be in boots soon. Mums are being planted, while other flowers have come and gone, once flashing pretty colors, now browned out. With all of this activity going on around us, it is hard to ignore that significant change is happening!
An equinox is an astronomical event, occurring twice a year in spring and fall. The word itself is Latin, with "equi" meaning equal, and "nox" meaning night. So on the equinox date, which is Sept. 23 this year, day and night are almost equally balanced at 12 hours all over the world. The tilt of the Earth's axis and its orbit around the sun combine, so that the slant is equally inclined, neither toward or away from the sun.
The equinox is also significant because it marks the astronomical first day of fall. From this date on, daylight in the Northern Hemisphere will gradually grow shorter until the winter solstice on Dec. 21. Nature's wild creatures are responding to this call by growing heavier coats, while birds and butterflies are migrating south along the sun's path. Trees are putting on their coat of many colors for a final fashionable bow before the blast of fury.
Equinoxes and solstices are a time of preparation, organization and celebration. Unity Spiritual Center, 23855 Detroit Road, invites all to join us on Saturday, Sept. 19, from 6-9 p.m. for a joyful, autumn equinox ceremony. The evening will be filled with activities of a lively and celebratory nature. Families welcome! Celebrate the seasons; say goodbye to the warmth of summer, and give gratitude for the heat of fire to keep us warm as the coming cold chills us. Make joyful noise with drums, rattles, rain sticks, song, chants and prayer.
Around 7 p.m., come inside for a potluck. Be sure to bring a favorite dish to share. After the potluck there will be a community drum circle inside, or a candlelit labyrinth walk outside. Bring an intention to use on your labyrinth walk. Many drums and rattles will be supplied. Outside events are weather permitting. A love offering will be collected.
I am Secretary on the Board of Trustees of Unity Spiritual Center. I enjoy writing about USC's event. Everyone is welcome at Sunday services, or our numerous classes, and worshops!