Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Autumn Equinox Arrives!

I've developed an amateur interest in the moon and sun and learning why the seasons change. September 22, 2009, at 5:18 p.m. EDT marks the exact moment when fall arrives and the astrological calendar enters the sign of Libra. The days and nights will become nearly equal in length, creating balance, as daytime and night both have durations of approximately twelve hours.

The Autumnal Equinox signals the beginning of autumn in the Northern Hemisphere and is celebrated by many cultures worldwide. Derived from the Latin words aequus (equal) and nox (night), the equinox typically enters between September 22-24 when the sun appears to cross the celestial equator from north to south.

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. The Harvest Moon shines this year on October 4, 2009. 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.

Late September marks the cycle when grapes are traditionally harvested, pressed, and stored to become wine. When the light of the full Harvest Moon, also called the Wine Moon or Fruit Moon, shines bright across half the world on October 4, snuggle close to the one you love and toast the new season with full-bodied glasses of wine or cups 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?

--Adele Dubois


  1. Happy fall, Adele! (Have some wine.)

  2. I love the moon, Adele. I even have an app on my IPhone that tells me the phase and all the info I could want. We share the same love. The moon makes a good backdrop for my paranormal stories.

  3. Thanks for sharing this with us Adele! It also marks the day of my birthday on the 22nd!

  4. Denisse, that is so special that were were born on the very first day of the fall, my favorite season. There must be a meaning there.