“No spring nor summer Beauty hath such grace As I have seen in one autumnal face.”
Elegy IX: The Autumnal by John Donne
“Autumn, the year’s last loveliest smile.” William Cullen Bryant
The Autumnal Equinox – also called the September or Fall Equinox – is the astronomical start of autumn/fall in the Northern Hemisphere and spring in the Southern Hemisphere. This year the autumnal equinox falls on September 23rd.
Equinox derives from the Latin aequus, meaning “equal” and nox, meaning “night”.
During the equinox the earth’s two hemispheres receive the sun’s rays equally. The sun is overhead at noon as seen from the equator, so at this point, the amount of night time and daytime (sunlight) are roughly equal to each other.
The autumn equinox time invites us to balance light and darkness within us. In reflecting on autumn Friedrich Nietzsche wrote: “Notice that autumn is more the season of the soul than of nature.”
Autumn is the season of thanksgiving for the abundance of the fruits of the earth that sustain us and all creatures.
It is also a time of letting go and releasing things that have been a burden.
Join us as we celebrate the autumn equinox when we will give thanks for the harvest of the fields and hedgerows and the harvest in our own lives.
I hope I can look at the Autumn leaf,
who looked at the sky and lived.
And when it was time to leave,
gracefully it knew life was a gift.
Venue: Solas Bhride Centre
Time: 10.30 – 12.00 noon
Admission: €10.00 (incl. Tea/coffee)