Happy Fall Equinox!
I arise facing East,
I am asking toward the light,
I am asking that my day shall be beautiful with light.
I am asking that the place where my feet are shall be light,
That as far as I can see I shall follow it aright.
I am asking for courage to go forward through the shadow,
I am asking toward the light!
Normally for Fall Equinox (September 22nd, 2022 at 6:03 pm PT), there is talk of the waning light, but I want to start with this beautiful prayer poem of light.
I have been praying it every morning recently, facing East, asking toward the light.
I love how open this phrase is, asking toward the light.
The prayer poem asks for some general things—for a day beautiful with light, that light will be where I am and that I shall follow it aright, for courage to face the difficulties of the day…
But it’s not asking for specific outcomes, for how my ego thinks the day should turn out.
It’s really more about setting an intention to align myself with the light, no matter how late the dawn comes and how early the dusk arrives, no matter how cloudy or sun-filled the day is, no matter how the day goes…
It’s almost as if I am aligning with what our plant brothers and sisters know how to do naturally. They know how to follow the light, how to bend toward it, how to store it, how to create food and seed and strength with it.
And then as the light becomes less and less, they know how to take that light in and send it into their roots or to release that light and let their bodies fall to the ground.
This is an important teaching of the Fall:
- we can keep receiving the light,
- having filled up with light, we can release it like leaves that fall,
- and we can store the light for nourishment and give it away to others.
So, on this Fall Equinox, may we be asking toward the light and allowing the growing darkness.
May we be asking toward the light and storing it up, not only for ourselves, but for all beings.