E Q U I N O X
[from Latin aequinoctium : aequi,equal+ nox, night]
Equinox, in space, is either of two points on the celestial sphere at which the ecliptic intersects the celestial equator. Equinox, in time, is either of the two times during a year when the sun crosses the celestial equator and when the length of day and night are approximately equal: the vernal equinox or the autumnal equinox.
In Buddhism the equinox is referred to as O-Higan. It is related to crossing over from the material plane to the spiritual plane. Thus it is a period, in both spring and fall, when the provisional world and the absolute are in close alignment. It is a time for reflection and interpenetration of our lives to connect with all sentient beings and our environment.
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