In Chinese medicine, the fifteen days surrounding the equinoxes are considered special times for the Earth Element. In this period of late summer, the rhythm of the Earth makes a significant change, as the Earth’s axis reaches a seasonal milestone and the cycle of expansiveness moves into the inward, cooling and more contractive energy of the fall and winter.

This is a time for reflection, and of drawing in the yang – outward – energy, and moving towards the yin – inward – energy of the fall and winter. The earth experiences a significant shift. Can you feel it?

I am very sensitive to solar wind, solar flares, change of season – just as you all are, or were, at some point. It is felt by every living thing on the planet, only some do not notice. The sudden inward energy that has drawn me back to my writing is stunningly strong, without any intention on my part. The yang of the summer expansion has past; the yin of the new season is upon us. I sense it first, like noticing the dusk before glancing at a watch. As I am drawn to write, I then realize the Equinox has passed, and we are moving with a different energy, towards fall and winter.

Here is a simple explanation from of what happens during the equinox:

During the September equinox, the sun crosses the celestial equator and moves southward in the northern hemisphere. The location on the earth where the sun is directly overhead at solar noon is known as the subsolar point, that occurs on the equator during the September and the March equinox. At this time, the earth’s axis of rotation is perpendicular to the line connecting the centers of the earth and the sun.

This change occurred at 9:04 UTC or GMT, as I knew it, on Friday September 23, in the pre-dawn of 3:04 a.m. New York time. So we were into this new energy on Friday… and now it is gathering momentum. Can you feel it? The contractive energy, I mean?

Perhaps you have had these fleeting thoughts: yesterday I might have run around, but today mysteriously, I would rather stay put! This is the equinox, the Earth Element energy, at work!

Listen to your body, listen to your heart. You are more attuned to nature than you think!

Be well, and flow harmoniously with the seasons,