10 Powerful Fall Equinox Rituals to Embrace the Magic of Autumn

Fall, with its crisp air and vibrant colors, is a season that captivates our senses and beckons us to slow down and embrace its magic. It’s a time to celebrate the balance between light and shadow, and to connect with the natural rhythms of the Earth. Today, I’m sharing 10 enchanting little fall equinox rituals that can help you deepen your connection to the season and make the most of this special time.

As the days grow shorter and the nights become cooler, the Fall Equinox marks a significant shift in nature. From honoring the harvest to finding inner balance, these rituals offer a way to infuse your life with the transformative energy of autumn.

Embracing the magic of autumnal equinox will help you tap into the wisdom of the season and invite a sense of wonder and gratitude into your life! 

Get ready to immerse yourself in the beauty and enchantment of fall with these 20 easy and fun rituals for the fall equinox.

10 Fall Equinox rituals for abundance and gratitude

What Is the Fall Equinox?

The Fall Equinox, also known as the autumnal equinox, happens when the sun crosses the celestial equator, resulting in equal lengths of day and night. It usually falls around September 22nd or 23rd in the Northern Hemisphere.

The Fall Equinox symbolizes the transition from summer to fall, as well as the beginning of the harvest season. 

It’s a time of balance and harmony, when light and darkness are in perfect equilibrium. By aligning ourselves with the energy of the Fall Equinox, you can tap into the transformative power of this beautiful season.

Fall Equinox Spiritual Meaning

The Fall Equinox holds deep spiritual meaning for many cultures around the world. It is often seen as a time of reflection, gratitude, and letting go. As the leaves change colors and fall from the trees, we are reminded of the impermanence of life and the importance of embracing change.

This is a time to release what no longer serves you and make space for new beginnings. The Fall Equinox invites you to connect with your inner self, to honor the cycles of nature, and to find balance in our lives.

Connecting with Nature in Autumn

Fall is a season of breathtaking beauty, with its vibrant hues of red, orange, and gold. It is a time when nature displays its splendor and reminds us of the cycles of life. Connecting with nature during this season can be a powerful way to deepen our spiritual practice and enhance our well-being.

Take a moment to go for a walk in the woods, feel the crisp air on your skin, and listen to the rustling of leaves beneath your feet. Observe the changing colors of the trees and let yourself be mesmerized by the magic of fall.

This simple act of connecting with nature can bring a sense of peace and wonder into your life! Even something this simple can be your fall equinox ritual. It’s all about connecting with the energies of balance, abundance, transformation, and appreciation.

Here are some more rituals to try:

1. Declutter + Let Go

Fall equinox is the perfect time to declutter and let go of what no longer serves you. Just as nature sheds its leaves, you too can release any physical and emotional clutter weighing you down.

Start by decluttering your living space, clearing out any items that no longer bring you joy or serve a purpose. Donating these items is not only a practice in cleansing, but in generosity, too.

As you let go of physical clutter, also take the time to reflect on any emotional baggage or negative beliefs that you are ready to release. Write them down on a piece of paper and then burn or bury them, symbolizing your willingness to let go and create space for new experiences.

Have you ever tried smudging your home? It’s a beautiful way to cleanse your space and cut cords.

2. Create an Autumn Alter

Creating a dedicated space in your home to honor the season is a powerful little ritual to connect you with the energy of the fall equinox. 

An altar doesn’t have to be anything elaborate. It’s just a little spot where you keep sacred objects that represent your intentions. It’s a place you can visit, every day, to center yourself and remember what’s important to you. Some examples for items you might place at your altar are:

  • Fresh or dried flowers
  • Manifesting candles
  • Incense
  • A pumpkin or gourde
  • Pinecones, feathers, or anything from nature
  • Your favorite manifesting oils
  • Justice tarot card or anything that reminds you of balance

This altar is simple and beautiful. You can create your altar on a windowsill, like this one, or at any table, or a fireplace mantel. 🧡

3. Harvest Gratitude + Abundance

The Fall Equinox is a time to celebrate the bountiful harvest and express gratitude for the abundance in your life. Take a moment to reflect on all the things you are grateful for, both big and small. Write them down in a manifesting journal or create a gratitude jar, where you can place notes of gratitude throughout the season.

Find your perfect manifestation journal! ✨

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4. Do a Fall Equinox Yoga Flow

Yoga is a beautiful way to honor the fall equinox, because it brings your mind, body and spirit back into balance. I am a huge fan of Yoga with Kassandra – she offers a ton of free videos on YouTube, including this one specifically for Fall Equinox! So good!

5. Prepare a Fall Feast

Gathering around the table with loved ones is a cherished tradition during the fall season. You can create a Fall Equinox ritual out of it, by preparing a special feast that honors the flavors and ingredients of the season.

Try using seasonal fruits, veggies, and spices into your menu, like:

  • pumpkin
  • apples
  • cinnamon
  • nutmeg

Set a beautiful table with fall-inspired decorations, such as leaves, acorns, and candles. Invite friends and family to join you in this celebration of abundance and togetherness. As you share a meal, take the time to connect with your loved ones, share stories, and express gratitude for the love and support in your life.

Or, this can be a ritual for 1, where you enjoy your own company. Preparing a beautiful feast for yourself is a powerful practice in worthiness.

woman having picnic on fall day

Freshly baked goods with cinnamon, fresh nuts, and raw honey are a few ideas for your fall equinox ritual 🧡

6. Journal on Self-Reflection

The Fall Equinox is the perfect opportunity for you to take quiet time to journal about your personal journey over the past year.

Consider the goals you set at the beginning of the year and how far you’ve come.

Then, reflect on the lessons you’ve learned and the growth you’ve experienced.

Finally, write down any areas of your life where you feel out of balance, and set intentions for finding more harmony moving forward. This ritual allows you to release what no longer serves you and make space for new beginnings.

Do you have a manifesting journal? Here’s a list of the best: 17 Best Manifesting Journals: Attract Your Dreams Now

7. Sip a Fall Equinox Brew

Herbs have long been used for their healing properties and their ability to connect us with the natural world. As the fall season unfolds, gather seasonal herbs such as chamomile, lavender, and rosemary, and create a soothing tea blend (you can always buy tea, too).

Boil water and steep the herbs for a few minutes, allowing their flavors and aromas to infuse the water.

As you sip your tea, allow yourself to be fully present in the moment, savoring the taste and embracing the calming effects. Use this time to reflect on the beauty and magic of fall, and to connect with the wisdom of the plants.

woman pouring tea into a white cup

Practice mindfulness as you prepare your equinox brew by focusing your mind on each task. Pay attention to what you hear, see, smell, taste, and feel as you go through the process. 🧡

8. Bathe with Autumn Flowers

If you’re a bath person, like I am, then this is the perfect fall equinox ritual for you!

Create a soothing bath ritual by incorporating autumnal flowers and essential oils. Fill your bathtub with warm water and add a handful of dried flowers such as chamomile, lavender, or rose petals.

These flowers not only add a beautiful visual element but also carry their own energetic properties. As you soak in the fragrant water, visualize any stress or imbalances being washed away, leaving you feeling refreshed and renewed.

You can also add a few drops of essential oils like cedarwood or frankincense for an extra grounding effect.

Once you have prepared your bath, light some manifesting candles and create a serene atmosphere. Take a few moments to center yourself and set your intention for the ritual. Step into the bath, allowing the warm water and fragrant flowers to envelop your senses.

Close your eyes and let go of any tension or stress, surrendering to the healing power of the water.

As you soak, reflect on the transformative energy of the autumn season.

Allow yourself to release any old patterns or beliefs that no longer serve you, making space for new growth and possibilities.

Visualize yourself shedding the old, like the trees shedding their leaves, and emerging renewed and rejuvenated, ready to embrace the coming season.

woman in yellow shirt holding fresh sunflowers

Not a bath person? Buy yourself fresh sunflowers or mums. You deserve them🧡

9. Set Intentions at Sunset

The most noteworthy thing about the Fall Equinox is that the day and night are the exact same length. So one really beautiful way to honor it, is to focus on the sunset.

Find a peaceful spot to witness the setting sun on the day of the Fall Equinox. As the sky transforms into a stunning display of colors, take a few moments to set intentions for the new season.

Reflect on what you want to invite into your life and what you’re ready to release. You can write down these intentions on a piece of paper and either bury it in the earth or burn it as an offering to the universe.

This ritual allows you to align your energy with the natural cycles of change and set the stage for growth and transformation. So beautiful!

10. Light a Fire

Fire has long been associated with transformation and purification. As the temperatures begin to cool, gather around a bonfire, fireplace, or light candles in your home.

Then, take a moment to meditate on the flickering flames and allow the warmth to envelop you. As you watch the fire dance, visualize any stagnant or negative energy being transformed into light and positivity.

woman sitting in front of wood stove holding a cup of tea

This ritual symbolizes the release of old patterns and the embracing of new possibilities. It’s one of my personal favorites. 🧡

Infusing Rituals into Your Daily Life

While these rituals are especially potent during the Fall Equinox, they can be incorporated into your daily life throughout the entire autumn season!

Take a few moments each day to connect with nature, express gratitude, and practice self-care. By embracing the magic of fall and incorporating these rituals into your routine, you can deepen your connection to the season and invite a sense of wonder into your life.

Fall Equinox FAQs

Here are some frequently asked questions about the fall equinox. I hope they help you! But if you have more questions feel free to leave a reply below and I’ll do my best to answer you.

When is the next fall equinox?

There is a fall equinox every year, around the 3rd week in September:

  • Sat, September 23, 2023
  • Sun, September 22, 2024
  • Mon, September 22, 2025

Who is the goddess of the fall equinox?

In many spiritual traditions, the Fall Equinox is associated with a goddess figure who embodies the qualities of the season. One of these goddesses is Demeter, the Greek goddess of the harvest and fertility.

Demeter is often depicted as a nurturing and abundant figure, who brings forth the bounty of the earth. She symbolizes the cycles of life and death, and the importance of honoring the natural rhythms of the Earth.

By connecting with the energy of Demeter, you can tap into the wisdom of the Fall Equinox and embrace the transformative power of this season.

What is the tradition of the fall equinox?

One of the most well-known traditions associated with the Fall Equinox is the harvest festival. In many cultures, this is a time to give thanks for the abundance of the harvest and to celebrate the fruits of our labor.

It’s a time to gather with loved ones, share a bountiful meal, and express gratitude for the blessings in our lives.

What herbs are associated with the autumn equinox?

During the autumn equinox, certain herbs carry special significance and can be incorporated into rituals and celebrations. Here are a few herbs commonly associated with this time of year:

Sage is often used for cleansing and purification rituals. Burning sage, also known as smudging, can help clear away negative energy and create a sacred space for ceremony and reflection.

Mugwort is known for its protective and divinatory properties. It’s often used in dream work and can enhance intuition and psychic abilities. Adding mugwort to a bath or using it in a smudge stick can help create a sense of spiritual connection during the Fall Equinox.

Rosemary is associated with remembrance and clarity of thought. It can be used in rituals to honor ancestors and connect with the wisdom of the past. Incorporating rosemary into your Fall Equinox rituals can bring a sense of grounding and stability.

Marigold is a vibrant flower associated with the sun and is often used to celebrate the harvest season. Its bright orange and yellow hues symbolize abundance and can be used in rituals to attract prosperity and good fortune.

As you celebrate the Fall Equinox and embrace the changing of the seasons, consider incorporating these herbs into your rituals to enhance your connection with nature and invite balance and abundance into your life.

What does the fall equinox mean in astrology?

The Fall Equinox holds great significance in astrology as it marks the transition from the sun’s journey through the zodiac sign of Virgo to Libra.

This shift from an earth sign to an air sign carries with it a change in energy. Virgo’s practical and analytical nature gives way to Libra’s focus on balance, relationships, and harmony. It’s a time when you can reflect on your own inner balance and how it impacts your interactions with others.

During the Fall Equinox, the sun is positioned directly over the Earth’s equator, resulting in equal lengths of day and night. This balance is reflected in the astrological symbol of the scales, which represents Libra. This beautiful celestial event invites you to explore the concept of balance in your own life, both internally and externally.


The Fall Equinox is a time of balance, reflection, and gratitude. By embracing the magic of fall and incorporating these rituals into your daily life, you can deepen your connection to the season and invite a sense of wonder and abundance into your life.

From decluttering and letting go to embracing self-care and gratitude, these rituals offer a way to infuse your life with the transformative energy of autumn.

You deserve to take a moment to slow down, breathe in the crisp fall air, and immerse yourself in the beauty and enchantment of this magical season.

Fall blessings to you!

XO, Andrea

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Andrea Scalisi

Andrea has been practicing Astrology, Numerology, and Tarot for many years. She is a certified Aromatherapist and Reiki Master in Central NY, and also holds a Masters Degree from Syracuse University. Andrea loves helping her readers bring more spiritual self-care into their lives.

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