The Autumn Equinox is an important point of transition: the start of a slow turning inward. Like a big ship turning in the ocean, it takes time to make a big turnaround.
Each Equinox is an especially good time to do the Preferential Shapes Test. You can do it privately, or sharing your discoveries with your family and friends. I've found that it doesn't matter whether or not I know the meaning of the shapes and positions ahead of time; certainly I know them by now. The very first time you do the test, though, it's a good idea to just follow the directions step by step and then do the interpretation.
Always it's important to trust your hands! To explore the core process and the inner conflicts the test brings to the surface, trust what your hands do with "free writing" and with "free drawing." Use colors if you like.
If you'd like some free writing prompts I made to use with the Preferential Shapes Test in workshops, let me know. I'll be glad to send them to you.
Christian holidays were often timed to overlay pagan holidays, and the Autumn Equinox is no exception. Michaelmas, the Feast of St. Michael (the Archangel), is celebrated by the Western Christian church on September 29, always close to the Autumn Equinox. This is a traditional "end of harvest" celebration, marking the end of the farming year -- time to let fields lay fallow.
The Archangel Michael is said to be the angel of truth and justice. An honest appraisal of the past year is important in turning toward the new. Take time to pause and reflect.
Jewish High Holidays
Rosh Hashanah and the Hebrew Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur, vary more on our Julian calendar from year to year, since Jewish holidays are based on a lunar calendar. These holidays, too, mark the need to close out the year and look within.
This year, Rosh Hashanah begins the evening of October 2, and lasts till sunset on Tuesday, October 4. There are some marvelous things in this celebration, including eating apple slices dipped in honey, to bless the coming year as sweet. It's customary to bless other people on this holiday, as well. And don't miss the powerful sounding of the shofur -- an instrument that Christians and other religions use as well!