Autumnal Equinox

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
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Autumn Equinox -by Wendy Andrew. "Earth Mother brings the chestnut copper days of autumn..." Available as a greeting card.

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.

Amazing Mabon loop by Louis Wesolowsky for Buck.

Mabon

Amazing Mabon loop by Louis Wesolowsky for Buck.

Autumn Equinox by NatasaIlincic

We are but two days away from the Autumn Equinox, but I thought I’d post this today to wish happy Mabon to those of you who are celebrating it today The smell of crisp air, comfy jumpers, cin.

The tomb on the Conor Pass on Kerry's Dingle Peninsula: As the sun sets directly into a 'V' shaped valley in the distant Brandon mountain range, a shaft of light enters the wedge tomb, illuminating the chamber and the rock art at the head of the tomb. The event can be witnessed at sunset for a number of days either side of the equinox.

Illuminating discovery at megalithic tomb in Kerry Ireland

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)

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)

Druids celebrate the Autumn equinox on Primrose Hill on September 22, 2009 in London, England. The ceremony is one of three events staged by the order with the Spring Equinox ceremony at Tower Hill and the Summer Solstice held at Stonehenge.

Do you wake up early just because you miss your favorite Peace Cereal product? Do you ever wish lunch or dinner was really a big bowl of Peace Cereal? Do you have a pet named after your favorite Pe.

CHUSEOK: A South Korean mother and her daughter have an ancestor-memorial service as part of the Chuseok celebration near the border with the North near the demilitarized zone in Paju, South Korea. Photograph: Jeon Heon-Kyun/EPA

CHUSEOK: A South Korean mother and her daughter have an ancestor-memorial service as part of the Chuseok celebration near the border with the North near the demilitarized zone in Paju, South Korea.

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.

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).

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)

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.

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.

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.

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.

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