It’s that time again – when the leaves start to change, the smell of Fall is in the air and the day and night are about equal in length…the Fall Equinox! We’re having an impromptu Equinox Party here at the Farm tonight, complete with a hearty communal dinner, candlelit ceremony/powwow in the barn and, of course, a bonfire. Besides presenting my “thanksgiving nature craft,” I plan on saying a few words on the history of the Autumnal Equinox through different cultures, as well as some basic facts taken from Religious Tolerance and National Geographic:
The full moon closest to the Autumn Equinox is known as the ‘Harvest Moon,’* since farmers would also harvest their crops during the night with the light of the full moon to aid them.”
The spring and autumnal equinoxes, for starters, are the only two times during the year when the sun rises due east and sets due west, according to MacRobert.
The autumnal equinox and vernal—or spring—equinox are also the only days of the year when a person standing on the Equator can see the sun passing directly overhead.
On the Northern Hemisphere’s autumnal equinox day, a person at the North Pole would see the sun skimming across the horizon, signaling the start of six months of darkness.
On the same day, a person at the South Pole would also see the sun skim the horizon, beginning six months of uninterrupted daylight.
*According to National Geographic the Full Moon occurring last night was special. The Harvest Moon actually coinciding with the Fall Equinox is fairly rare – the last one was in 1991. Also The planet Jupiter got the closest it’s been to Earth since 1963 on Monday, and Uranus passed right behind Jupiter on the 17th.
Even though the article dismisses this series of events, I find it extremely important. Anyone who follows Astrology Zone knows that Jupiter is the planet of good luck and gifts, and Uranus is the planet that brings chaos, but also change. Sounds to me like something good is on its way!
Equinox photo from Sandwalk