Yes I know it’s Halloween, All Saints Day, All Souls Day, Day of the Dead.
But I am referring to what the ancient peoples noticed and we call Cross-Quarter Days. Four in total during the year. And one this weekend: November 1st.
I have come to love these Cross-Quarter Days: Approximately on November 1st, Feb 2nd, May 1st and August 1st.
You probably notice these are not the dates for the change of the four seasons, heralded by the solstices and equinoxes so well.
These Cross-quarter Days are midway between each of the solstice/equinox pairs or quarters of the year.
Thus: November 1st (also known as All Saints Day or Day of the Dead) this weekend, is midway between the Autumn Equinox (first day of fall in September) and the first day of winter, the winter solstice, Dec 22nd.
February 2nd (known as Candlemas or Ground Hog Day now) is midway between the winter solstice (Dec 22nd) and the equinox on March 20th.
May 1st (also known as May Day now) is midway between the spring equinox and the summer solstice June 20th.
August 1st (known as Llamas (first harvest) Day) is midway between the summer solstice and the autumn equinox, Sept 22nd.
Same dates for Southern Hemisphere, just opposite seasons.
For more details,you can watch this 47-second video, or read its accompanying article:
A Soul Perspective
Regardless of where we live, Cross-Quarter Days are nourishing times for our souls! And don’t we need something?
There is an intensity to living, even surviving, all over the world now. I know that is an understatement!
I find Cross-Quarter times are best approached ‘in the moment’. You will know it is coming, of course. I find it really helpful to mark all the C-Q days in my calendar ahead.
I have been anticipating the current one all this week. But now, only a day or two prior do I actually find any kind of openness in even paying attention to something beyond my own life concerns. It is so interesting.
It is usually a time for a subtle noticing. Which is just what the soul loves, right?
I am learning to lean into a trust in the universe. It’s way beyond any one of us individually of course, yet it’s individual as well. While C-Q days have roots in Middle Ages and Celtic traditions, Cross-Quarter Days are really available to everyone now.
Here’s what I do
I notice when the C-Q day arrives. I make a point at some moment to notice what’s going on within me that day. Just notice what I notice.
I name what I am caught up/living in right now. Is it what I thought life would be like in this time?
Then I take an inner kind of ‘inventory’ of what is on the horizon – looking at the season approaching, the holidays, expectations of myself and others, births and deaths approaching, what changes I want to celebrate, honour in the coming season.
I just notice. Then I let it all go. Take it in and then dissolve in my heart.
And then I begin to notice what else is here. A phrase, a gesture, a word, a tone. Something that is not all about me. Something that includes the Earth, an inner spiritual listening. Something that wouldn’t have come or I wouldn’t have noticed if I hadn’t made time to open my heart in love and trust. It could happen at the end of the day, or first thing in the morning. Our soul is ready to notice
I find it helpful to journal. Or be artistic. A poem, drawing, creative movement. To embody whatever I hear.
Does it matter if I miss the actual C-Q day?
If you do any research on the internet you will see there are all kinds of variations. Even dates on the solstices and equinox vary slightly. I use the ones I mentioned above as ‘markers’ for my intention. If I forget or don’t get to it on the date I marked, then I do so as soon as I can.
What’s happens ?
When I make soul space in my life like this, I discover I can choose to focus differently on what is coming towards me. I feel more connected in my heart and the world.
Sometimes I forget everything I noticed in the C-Q time. It is SO helpful to review later on as a reminder of my inner noticing for the new season. It’s our own research.
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Enjoy your Cross-Quarter soul time!! Would love any comments!