Fear and denial are certainly fundamental responses to loss and encroaching darkness. There's no sense in pretending otherwise. However, there is another response which may seem surprising and counterintuitive, though just as fundamental, and that is gratitude — the reciprocal of the spirit of desire which we celebrated at springtime.
~ from Spinning in Place by Bart Everson
Autumn Equinox Goddess by Wendy Andrew. Autumn Equinox - circa September Earth Mother brings the chestnut copper days of autumn, rich with ripe fruits and nuts. A time of gentle stillness before the harsher times ahead.
The Chicagohenge phenomenon hits twice a year, first in March, then again with the arrival of the autumnal equinox. It's been visible since Sept. 20 and will be so until around Sept. 30, estimates Geza Gyuk, an Adler Planetarium astronomer. (Photo: Jessica Mlinaric)
TEHRAN – Yesterday evening, clusters of Iranian Zoroastrians came together in various reunions across the country to celebrate Mehregan, an ancient Persian festival that marks friendship, affection and love.
As we approach the Autumnal Equinox, the ArtReach galleries will feature artwork that show balance and symmetry (monoprints by Beth Dorsey), a rebirth of materials and a connection to nature (fiber sculptures by Barbara Riegel Bend), and the seasonal cycle of natures (vestments by Michaela Mahady).
Austin College Professor of Physics David Baker explains the science and history behind the autumnal equinox before a group of students and staff at the college's IDEA Center on Friday. The group gathered to watch as the sun's light passed through a specially-designed hole in the building to land on the north-south meridian. (Drew Smith / Herald Democrat)
Phoenixhenge signals the start of fall when the sun rises and sets perfectly along Phoenix’s east-west streets.
Apart from eating tangyuan (sweet rice dumplings), farmers also prepare dumplings for sparrows. They usually skewer 20-30 tangyuan with fine bamboo stick and put them at the edge of the field. The beaks of the sparrows are glued and they are thus unable to eat the crops.
Armed with a simple formula derived during the 3rd century BC, 30 students set about determining the angle of a shadow cast at noon by a 10cm stick. The experiment can be conducted on any day of the year, but mathematicians prefer doing it on one of the four days of the year when the position of the sun is exactly known. Eratosthenes conducted the experiment on a summer solstice, while the city students chose the autumnal equinox.