Monday, September 21st: Autumn Equinox
“No spring nor summer Beauty hath such grace
As I have seen in one autumnall face.” Elegy IX: The Autumnal by John Donne
Septmber 21 is the autumnal (or fall) equinox, the day when the sun crosses the celestial equator and the earth has the same amount of daylight as darkness.Equinox time is a time of equilibrium and balance, of harmony and stillness. For us in the Northern Hemisphere the autumn equinox marks the entry into the dark time of the year and the beginning of the winter preparations.
We invite you to join with us as we give thanks for the fruits of the earth that sustain us. We will also reflect on what we have harvested from the events of this year and how we can regain equilibrium and balance as we cope with the Covid-19 pandemic.
Gatherings were very much part of the lives of our people. Our ancestors gathered on hills and mountains, on plains and at crossroads, by rivers, lakes and holy wells, in tree groves and forests and by the seas. People came from near and far for these gatherings. The purpose of the gatherings was to celebrate and ritualise important seasons and occasions in their lives, to honor the presence of the Divine in every aspect of their lives and in the world around them.