Autumn equinox – what a great day. Today marks the start of many things. On this day, it is the time when the length of night and day are of exactly the same. It’s the beginning of autumn (pumpkin spice lattes, y’all) and one step closer to cooler, darker weather.
While this equinox is not the more uplifting of the two, it is certainly just as important. Instead of being on the dawn of Spring, renewal, rebirth and other beginnings, this is the close of what was, and what is now behind us. Sounds a little spooky, and maybe a little woo-woo, but this would really be a great calendar change for the New Year.
So what actually is the equinox, and why should we care? Great question.
Back before smartphones, Lovesac couches and Keeping Up With The Kardashians, humans spent most of their life outside. The sky and everything in it served as both a clock and a calendar for civilizations, which allowed them to measure time, daylight, and the like. Without getting too involved in the science, the equinox and solstices mark Earth’s axis tilt and orbit around the sun, which greatly influences the weather, the energetic balance and our alignment with it.
From a spiritual standpoint, Fall represents the time of year to gather your harvest in preparation for the winter. Everything that souls experience is cyclical – this is the Universe’s gentle reminder of lessons we may have forgotten, or continue to learn. Human behavior, weather, science, thoughts… everything always has a chance to come full circle. It’s a great way to look back at your year and see the progress you’ve made as a human floating around on this big ol’ rock. Do something to honor your continuance, such as lighting a candle, paying it forward, or really just taking a few moments to be grateful for everything going on around you.
This makes it so much easier to “clear out your land” in time for the next cycle you enter, free of anything you’ve needed to shake off.
To me, though, more importantly, is that as of 4pm EST today, the Libras are now in the driver’s seat. That’s right – you read that correctly. The Justice League is here, with our logical left brains and fair judgment, until October 23rd. It’s no coincidence that Libra’s timeframe starts with day and night at equal length, promoting a sense of balance and equality. The forest greens, ocean blues and floral purples will be replaced with warm oranges, fire reds and golden yellows, in lieu of countering the darker end of the year. The tradeoff is equal, just different. What a great time!
This brings me to my favorite part…. What are we eating? Another great question.
Golden Milk! This years-old concoction is the perfect way to warm up and stay well as the weather cools, the sun sets earlier, and my sweater drawer finally opens up. A spicy blend including turmeric, ginger, cinnamon and almond milk is the perfect replacement for chilled drinks and summery fruit mixes. There’s a few ways to make this and you can always swap out almond milk for something else, but boy does this turn into a rich little drink.
Can we talk about how amazing Golden Milk is for a moment? Turmeric is known for its inflammatory properties, as well as regulating blood sugar. It’s also been known to aid in sore throats and stuffy noses.
So, cheers! Enjoy your spicy cup of deliciousness.
Golden Milk (Vegan/Paleo)
- 1 ½ cups almond milk
- 1 ½ cups coconut milk
- 1 ½ tsp ground turmeric
- 1 ½ tsp ground ginger
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp maple syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- In a small saucepan, add all ingredients and whisk together over medium heat. It should steam, but shouldn’t boil.
- Remove from heat. Taste, and adjust sweetness to preference with additional maple syrup. If you need more spice, add additional ginger or turmeric, a pinch at a time.
- (Optional) Use a frother to add foam to your latte.