Autumn Equinox 2021

Fall Equinox Blessings Luxuriating in ripeness, rotund like a woman in a Renoir painting, late summer, here in the northern hemisphere, has matured into autumn. The grain at its height falls beneath the pendulum swing of the scythe or the rotating roar of a John Deere harvester. After the cutting, the gleaners come to gather […]

Autumn Equinox 2020

Welcome autumn! We gather in a harvest of pain; we gather in a harvest of hope; we bow to the winds of change. On the last Saturday of summer, two other crones and I gathered outdoors, masked, and socially distanced, for a fall equinox celebration in one woman’s community garden plot. Surrounded by pollinators nosing […]

Autumn Equinox 2019

On the first day of fall, a white butterfly hovers over the wildflowers in the abandoned lot behind my house as I heat a cup of tea in the microwave. END the light flashes on the digital display as the buzzer sounds. Shaken out of my summer reverie, I’m jolted into recognition that the sun […]

Autumn Equinox 2018

Reflections For a moment light and dark are balanced between the hemispheres. Here in the north, summer’s end is upon us. As the growing season ends, the ripening moon shines its lamp for gardeners and farmers working overtime to bring nature’s bounty home. One of the joys of retirement is basking in summer’s lingering warmth […]

Autumn Equinox 2017

Abundant Fall Blessings Happy homecoming! At fall equinox, we celebrate the return to school, work, church, and community connections, as earth comes into balance in its journey around the sun. The harvest is well underway and farmers’ markets are overflowing. However, this year at summer’s end, we humans in North America are roiling in the […]

Autumn Equinox 2016

Reflections Equinox is a time of abundance and hope: harvest in one hemisphere and planting in the other. For a brief time, day and night are equal. But how quickly the balance tips. In the northern hemisphere harvest must be gathered in before the frost; in a trice autumn will pull us deep into the […]

Autumn Equinox 2015

The equinox is a “still point of the turning world” (Cynthia Bourgeault, Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening 67). It is a pause between the effulgent explosion of growth fueled by the long days of summer and the empty fields and long nights of autumn. It is a time to gather in the harvest, all that […]

Autumn Equinox 2014

The 2014 September equinox is upon us, occurring on the 22nd or 23rd, depending on where you are located on the globe. The Universal Coordinated Time comes on September 23, at 2:29 p.m. EDT. We experience a day and night of equal duration; a unique moment of balance in nature. In the Northern Hemisphere, it […]

Autumn Equinox 2013

The 2013 September equinox comes on September 22, at 4:44 p.m. EDT. It is a time of nearly equal day and night and for the moment nature is in balance. In the Northern Hemisphere, the sun is rising later now, and nightfall comes sooner. This is our autumn equinox, when we enjoy the cooler days […]