The Solstice and Equinox Cycle

Learn why we recognize and celebrate these days with nature here and in this excerpt from The Perelandra Garden Workbook by Machaelle Wright.


Perelandra Equinox eCard


Welcome nature's new year!

Autumn Equinox is Saturday, September 23, at 2:50 AM EDT (06:50 UTC).

Over the years I've observed in my garden that the different life vitality levels correspond to what is happening at each stage of the garden cycle. The fall equinox activates the new year's cycle. The environment in which the new cycle is "born" (the garden) is quiet and at peace. The general garden feels "relaxed." The lower life vitality level with its lower activity creates the perfect environment for the birth of the new cycle.

— Machaelle Wright, The Perelandra Garden Workbook




In The Southern Hemisphere
This is your spring equinox, when all the different parts of the garden are being readied by the gardener and nature to prepare for planting — right before things really begin to "take off"!


2023 Autumnal Equinox
September 23 at 2:50 a.m., eastern daylight time.
   (September 23, 06:50 UTC)

2023 Winter Solstice
Dember 21 at 10:27 p.m., eastern standard time.
   (December 22, 03:27 UTC)

2024 Vernal Equinox
March 19 at 11:06 p.m., eastern daylight time.
   (March 20, 03:06 UTC)

2024 Summer Solstice
June 20 at 4:51 p.m., eastern daylight time.
   (June 20, 20:51 UTC)