This equinox is heralding spring! In such a day, the pole axes of the Earth and the Sun are parallel and day and night in our planet are equal in length. Both hemispheres North and South of the Earth are getting the same amount of sunlight.
The equinoxes are the only moments when the subsolar point is located right at the equator. This means that the Sun is exactly overhead at a point on the equatorial line. The subsolar point continues over the equator moving northward towards the March equinox and southward towards the September equinox.
This cosmic synchrony, as well as many others, like the Venus and the Moon cycles in relation with the Earth, were well understood by the Mayans.
As it marks the beginning of a new cycle, the equinox was particularly important for the Mayans; proof of this is the Kukulcan temple in Chichen Itza, where on every equinox, as the suns sets, the shadow drawn by the southern face of the building, on the sides of the main stairs at the western face; reveals the descending movement of the feathered snake (which sculpted head, awaits at the bottom of the stairs, just like the pineal gland awaits the rise of the kundalini serpent in the Tantric philosophy).
The sun rising in the East and the spring equinox share the same kind of spirit. They both represent a new beginning, a new cycle and everything that it does means. The sunrise provides all the energy it takes for a fresh start, and during equinox this energy is balanced with the energy of the night.
Sunrise and equinox (the balanced synchronic sunrise), are both cosmic references of the uncertainty of not knowing what is coming, gratitude for a new opportunity, the feeling of facing a white page or fertile soil to create or grow something new, the intensity and intention of an impulse, the seed to be sown.
The Mayans celebrated the Red Corn and the spirit of Hobnil Bacab, the guardian of the East, one of the 4 sons of Itzamna, the Creator. Hobnil Bacab is the spirit of the spring, of childhood, formation and growth. The 4 Bacabs are invoked in divination and curation rituals and are boarded by the ritual participants with questions about the crop, the weather, health and wealth.
We can do just the same work for our lives by asking ourselves and letting the same red bacab spirit that lives within - the intention, the will that thrives you, your core strength, the reason of your impulses, the primal force - to answer these questions. What are we praying for with our actions? How can we expect the following seasons to come according to the weather circumstances and the harvesting method I have chosen? Remembering that the size of the offering we pay to the spirits will be in direct relationship of the blessings we get from them.
That shall work in compassing our steps. I always say that when you find balance, you'll find direction.
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