It is the summer’s great last heat,
It is the fall’s first chill: they meet.
~Sarah Morgan Bryan Piatt~
Today is the first official day of fall and the fall equinox.
An equinox occurs on the date at which the sun crosses the celestial equator, when day and night are of equal length. An equinox happens twice a year. In 2014, it occurred on March 20th and today, September 23nd.
The earth is in constant dual movement. One, it moves in an orbit around the sun once every 365 days; that is the cause for our seasons. Two, the earth spins on its polar axis once every 24 hours; that is the cause of our day and nights. (My apologies to all of you with spinning issues.)
An equinox occurs when these two motions intersect. For us earthlings, it results in our day and night being almost in equal duration of twelve hours for those two days in March and September.
In earlier times fall/autumn was of more significance because the change of season brought forth the harvesting of crops. Many of the festivals in the fall are the celebration of food harvesting. I foresee an apple orchard visit in my near future.
In our current day of technology, I believe it signals more of the time to bring out your sweaters and to get ready for the changing of our clocks back an hour! I for one am not looking forward to the darkness at 5:00 p.m. I am still hoping to win the Kenny contest and head for his island where it is sunshine all the time!
Today I am thankful for ..
- My Cococaramel Sea Salt tea from Teavana
- I have no where I have to go today.
- Counting down the days for Dirk’s arrival. So excited.
I know several people who are facing life-changing challenges. Please, join me in lifting them in prayer and spirit. We are never alone when we support one another. Pay it forward, one day it could be you or yours.
affectionately yours, Laura