Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.
Albert Camus

Barbara and Dawn both live in the Northern Hemisphere, and the Autumn Equinox (for us here presenting in the Northern Hemisphere) is about getting ready for the long cold dark winter months ahead and the Spring Equinox (for some of our Southern Hemisphere listeners), both are popular times for detoxing the mind, body and spirit ready for the season ahead; but how will the equinox effect your spiritual understanding and knowledge of this special time of year?  This is a show about success strategies so you don’t just survive the equinox, but you thrive as a result of it.

An equinox is an astronomical event in which the plane of the Earth’s equator passes through the center of the Sun. During the equinox, day and night are of approximately equal duration all over the planet. They are not exactly equal, however, due to the angular size of the sun and atmospheric refraction. To avoid this ambiguity, the word equilux is sometimes used to mean a day in which the durations of light and darkness are equal.

The word equinox is derived from the Latin aequinoctiumaequus (equal) and nox (genitive noctis) (night) and occurs twice each year:

  1. Vernal Equinox is when the first day of spring is officially announced.  It’s also the perfect time for a cleanse of both body and mind.
    In the northern hemisphere it is generally around 20/21st March, and in the southern hemisphere it is generally around 22/23 September.
  2. Autumnal equinox is when everything is getting ready to slow down so our energy is preserved, hence our bodies tend want to eat carbohydrate dense foods (and lay down more fat to keep warm), and generally, things are getting ready to semi-hibernate during the cold, dark winter months ahead.
    In the northern hemisphere it is generally around 22/23 September, and in the southern hemisphere it is generally around 20/21st March.

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Originally aired on 
Saturday 24th  September, 2016 
@ 7am UK time

on
Coach Radio International

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“I enjoy the spring equinox more than the autumn one now.  One does, I think, as one gets older.” Virginia Woolf quotes and that is why Dawn is de-cluttering and packing up to follow the sun south in her motorhome.  She says that her bones and joints will thank her for it because sometimes this French wind chills her right to the bone!  Barbara on the other hand is remaining at home and looking forward to the minus temperatures, where she can get cosy and enjoy the brilliant sunshine and fabulous light that only winter can bring!

The equinox is always about new beginnings, so we are sure that we are not alone is noticing a positive shift in energy and a general well-being during this bi-annual equinox.

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Recommended reading and suggestions discussed in the show:

I enjoy the spring equinox more than the autumn one now.
One does, I think, as one gets older.

Virginia Woolf

The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy,
while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn.
John Muir

Autumn’s the mellow time.
William Allingham

Spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s party!’
Robin Williams

No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow.
Proverb from Guinea

I believe in process. I believe in four seasons.
I believe that winter’s tough, but spring’s coming.
I believe that there’s a growing season.
And I think that you realize that in life, you grow. You get better.
Steve Southerland