Sunday, September 22, 2013


A new season is here!

September 22, 2013, at 3:44 p.m. CDT marks the exact moment when fall arrives and the astrological calendar enters the sign of Libra. The Autumnal Equinox signals the beginning of autumn in the Northern Hemisphere when the sun appears to cross the celestial equator from north to south.

Derived from the Latin words aequus (equal) and nox (night), The days and nights will become nearly equal in length, creating balance, as daytime and night both have durations of approximately twelve hours.

The Harvest Moon is the name of the full moon arriving closest to the Autumnal Equinox. In two years out of every three the Harvest Moon rises in September instead of October, as it has this year. No matter where you live in the Northern Hemisphere, the moon will look round and full as it rises in the east around sunset. Farmers will work well into the night to gather their crops as the bright light of the Harvest Moon fills the sky and shines down on the earth.

September also marks the lunar cycle when grapes are traditionally harvested, pressed, and stored to become wine. As the light of the full Harvest Moon, also called the Wine Moon or Fruit Moon, shines bright across half the world, sit close to the one you love and toast the new season with a traditional glass of full-bodied wine or a cup of cider. Who could ask for a more romantic setting than love, a good vintage, and a warm blanket spread beneath the glow of a full Harvest Moon to welcome the new season.   

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Tina Donahue said...

Thank God it's fall. I live in the desert Southwest and OMG this summer was horrible. Over 115 degrees everyday, and instead of the usual dry heat, we had monsoons - freaking rain and humidity. Thought I'd die.

jean hart stewart said...

Love to see the full moon drifting across the sky..Tina, glad you made it through the horrible desert summer. We were in the desert for four days and it was miserable...

Adele Downs said...

Tina--We had frequent rain from May until now, instead of summer sunshine. The weather changes are truly ones for concern. Sorry your summer was so awfully hot!

Jean--I love to watch the full moon, too. Thanks for posting a comment.


Fiona McGier said...

And for us, Tina, it was the opposite. Instead of the usual hot, sunny days, we have had mostly colder than usual temps in the Midwest. So many days in the low 70s or below, that I only used my pool pass once!! And when we were on vacation in the BWCA in northern Minnesota, we were only able to do some swimming on the few days that it got above 62 degrees and stopped raining.

Something is definitely going on, weather-wise. Even the most foolhardy must have to agree.

September is beautiful, but means school has started again, and I'm working 2 other jobs again in addition to being a writer. Never enough hours in the increasingly shorter days.