Autumnal EquinoxIn 2016, the moment of the autumnal equinox occurs at 6:21 a.m. (EDT) on Thursday, September 22. The Harvest Moon, or the Full Moon following the Equinox, will occur on Sunday, October 16
The autumnal equinox is that moment in space-time when the sun's most direct rays are shining right on the equator, equally distant from the North and South poles.
Here in the middle latitudes, not very far north or south, we experience nearly equal amounts of daylight and darkness -- 12 hours to a side.
Equinoxes were special moments for our ancestors. Calendars were created around them; crops were planted by them. The Harvest Moon, one of the most important Full Moons of the year, was identified as the first Full Moon following the autumnal equinox.
According to Wiccan and Pagan spirituality, this is the time when the sun God prepares to depart and develop once again in the mother's womb.
Harvest Home is celebrated in England much as Thanksgiving is observed in the U.S. and Canada. Celebrations include singing hymns, praying and decorating churches with baskets of fruit and food.
"When we finally reassemble our past with the realization that we are part of a greater system with a precession cycle just as real in terms of light and dark phases as the day and the year -- then we can begin to understand our place in the Great Year and its seasons," he writes in Lost Star of Myth And Time. "From this we might find that history is no longer a menagerie of disconnected and often anomalous facts."
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