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Find Balance During Fall Equinox

Embark on change during this time of taking in and letting go

The weather cools, the leaves change and the animals hibernate . . . and it all begins with the Fall Equinox on September 22. The autumnal/Fall Equinox, or, “equal day and night,” marks the start of the autumn season in the Northern Hemisphere and the halfway point between summer and winter.

To put it more technically, the Fall Equinox is when the Sun’s path throughout the sky meets the celestial equator (say the equator continued up and into space -- that’s the celestial equator). The vernal (or Spring Equinox) and the Fall Equinox are the only equinoxes where day is equal to night. After the Fall Equinox, the days begin to grow shorter and the nights longer -- and as a major theme of the Fall Equinox is sacrifice, many believe that day sacrifices for night, and night conquers day.

In many cultures, the Fall Equinox is a mythical event, full of magic and whimsy (think gnomes and minotaurs). In Greek mythology, goddess Persephone returns to her husband Hades in the underworld, and thus the fall season begins -- a ritualistic time to seek protection and a clean slate on which to start a new and fresh season. Many believe that during the Fall Equinox it’s possible to stand an egg on its end, a magical sign of balance.

Because the Fall Equinox is also so closely tied to new harvests, it can be said that the equinox is celebrated all over the world in the form of Harvest Festivals (Thanksgiving, for those of us in the States). It’s interesting to note that the Harvest Moon is the first Full Moon after Fall Equinox, its brightness helping farmers to bring in crops after sundown. In the UK, Harvest Day is celebrated close to the Fall Equinox, and many Neopagan religions celebrate the Fall Equinox with a “Mabon” to honor the changing leaves and animal migration. For the Japanese, Autumnal Equinox Day is even a national holiday, and a day to be rid of evil spirits and remember their deceased beloved.

As summer winds down, the fall season is a time to embark on change and reflect upon your own “harvest” of sorts -- what you’ve taken in and what you need to let go of, for healthy balance will bring the ultimate success you need for an abundant season.

"In the garden, Autumn is, indeed the crowning glory of the year, bringing us the fruition of months of thought and care and toil.  And at no season, safe perhaps in Daffodil time, do we get such superb  colour effects as from August to November."

~Rose G. Kingsley, The Autumn Garden, 1905

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Winston Smith says:
Wed, 09/25/2013 - 16:00

Hurrah for Barbara and New England...I surely miss it. And to Lawrence, the problem's got to be with your computer. With Planet Pulse, I can't see the log in after I see the video, but I sign in blind and hit enter and I'm in. My laptop on the other hand shows the sign-in box discretely and in its entirety. I think it's the individual computer settings.

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Karen Koontz says:
Sun, 09/22/2013 - 04:03

Love what Barbara says ~~ as I am in Daytona Beach! lol~! Have a lovely Fall Equinox and Autumn.

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Barbara says:
Sat, 09/29/2012 - 05:43

All around me people have complained about the loss of summer...then occasionally I will hear it. "I love New England in the Fall." We are fortunate to live in what is undoubtedly the most beautiful part of the Earth in Autumn. The season is far too short for me!

September in New England is like wine for the soul (my quote) Don't plagiarize me!

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Lawrence says:
Fri, 09/21/2012 - 21:16

hey you guys, ive done this before and im doing it again to let you know that although beta.tarot.com is sparate from this website, it has many flaws now. the tabs dont come down, and for some reason the site has me as not logged in and it wont let me either. it allows me to view my account and its settings for my profile, but it still says "login" or "join" and i cant view my numerology number on there because its not "registering" that i am logged on. and whn i clicked personalze, it directs me to a page of notheing but the top and bottom advertisements just there... and its hard to really get you guys to understand because the site has been like that for over a month and a half now, and i have no way of directly contacting the beta.tarot site without being able to log on properly. and i cant even log out, and the planet pulse videos arent showing ont the "today" tab.. the tab doesnt come out but i can click on it still. and the scrolling of the featured headlines like on this site do not move on beta.tarot.com, Thanks for your time and service, so awesome that you guys do this, i hope to see some "embarking changes"

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john butters says:
Mon, 10/03/2011 - 07:33

Cut out some of the commercials. "Our changing Sky" articles stop in mid sentence and you cant find the article else where. What is the point?

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Peter says:
Fri, 09/23/2011 - 16:12

I believe this is kind of a magical time for us. Make sure to enjoy it and feel the feelings.

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