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    Autumnal Equinox (Fall)

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    Autumnal Equinox (Fall)

    Post by Kyouri Kai on Tue 22 Sep 2009, 8:10 am

    Today is the first day of Autumn for the Northern Hemisphere (Spring for the Southern Hemisphere). Autumn officially arrives at 5:18pm EDT. Some believe it is the time that day and night are of equal lengths at 12 hours each, and while they are very close to being the same, the word "equinox" was derived from Latin term "quinoctium" which, in turn, came from "quus" (equal), and "nox" (night). It is the time when night is equal in both the Norther and Southern Hemispheres. In Old English, the language spoken circa 450 to 1100 CE, the Autumnal Equinox was called efnniht.

    Fall celebrations by various faiths and countries - ancient and modern


    [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]ANCIENT BRITAIN: Both the solstices and equinoxes "were the highly sophisticated preoccupation of the mysterious Megalithic peoples who pre-dated Celt, Roman and Saxon on Europe's Atlantic fringe by thousands of years." Stonehenge and other stone structures were aligned so that the solstices and equinoxes could be
    determined.
    [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]ANCIENT IRELAND: The spring and fall equinox were celebrated in ancient times. A cluster of megalithic cairns are scattered through the hills at Loughcrew, about 55 miles North West of Dublin in Ireland. Longhcrew Carin T is called a passage tomb. It was designed so that the light from the rising sun on the spring and summer equinoxes penetrates a long corridor and illuminates a backstone, which is decorated with astronomical symbols. See also movies and still photographs taken at the time of the [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]. Tim O'Brien has written a book titled: "Light years ago: A study of the cairns of Newgrange and Cairn T Loughcrew, Co. Meath, Ireland," Black Cat Press, (1992). This is an expensive book! However, less expensive used copies are often available.
    [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]ASTROLOGERS: On the day of the fall solstice, the sun enters the sign of Libra -- the constellation of the balance or scales.
    [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]CHRISTIANITY: The Christian Church replaced earlier Pagan solstices and equinox celebrations during Medieval times, with Christianized observances. Replacing the fall equinox is Michaelmas, the feast of the Archangel Michael, on SEP-29. "His feast was celebrated with a traditional well-fattened goose which had fed well on the stubble of the fields after the harvest. In many places, a there was also a tradition of special large loaves of bread made only for that day. By Michaelmas the harvest had to be completed and the new cycle of farming would begin. It was a time for beginning new leases, rendering accounts and paying the annual dues." Other substitutions by the Church were:


    [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]Replacing the [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] by the Feast of Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It is held on MAR-25, on the nominal date of the spring equinox according to the old Julian calendar. There was a "brief flirtation with calling the Vernal Equinox 'Gabrielmas.' "This is the time when the angel Gabriel told Mary that she was pregnant. (Luke 1:26-38)
    [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]Replacing the [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.], Midsummer Day, is the feast of St. John the Baptist, celebrated on JUN-24.
    [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]Replacing the [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] is [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.], on DEC-25 when Mary is traditionally believed to have given birth to Jesus,[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.].
    [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]CHUMASH: This is a Native American tribe from Southern California. They celebrate their fall equinox sun ceremony during their month of Hutash (September). It takes place "after the harvest is picked, processed and stored.... Kakunupmawa is a ritual name for the Sun. According to traditional Chumash lore, all humans were known as children of the Sun, or 'sons of Kakunupmawa.' "The spiritual thoughts of the tribe would become focused the importance of unity in the face of winter confinement, death and rebirth.
    [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]DRUIDS: At this time of the year, the ancient Celts conducted a mock sacrifice of a large wicker-work figure which represented the vegetation spirit. This might have been the origin of[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] in his Gallic Wars that the Druids performed human sacrifices. Although he never witnessed a human sacrifice and never met anyone who had, this story has been accepted and repeated often enough to be accepted as truth. The Celtic mock sacrifice has been reborn in the Burning Man Project, a yearly fall festival celebrated for one week in Black Rock Desert in Nevada. The movie "The Wicker Man" was based on the Celtic tradition; to say more would ruin the film if you are seeing it for the first time."

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    Side note: The Winter Solstice mentioned under Christianity, is not actually on December 25, but most usually between December 19-22 and it is known as Yule. But none the less...

    Happy Autumnal Equinox Everyone!


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    Re: Autumnal Equinox (Fall)

    Post by Lrules364 on Tue 22 Sep 2009, 1:33 pm

    why thank you Kyo. Happy Autumn to you too. This, and winter, is my favorite time of year. It isnt hot nor cold. But in the winter, it is just right for me. I like the cold. It brings alot of people together.
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    Re: Autumnal Equinox (Fall)

    Post by Brutefox16 on Thu 24 Sep 2009, 10:01 pm

    Happy Fall Everyone~!

    *BOunces up and down* ANY ONE who didn't see "the Wicker Man" should go out and see it NOW, It was SA~WEET
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    Re: Autumnal Equinox (Fall)

    Post by Ichigobleachfan on Thu 24 Sep 2009, 10:10 pm

    Ha! Happy Fall everyone! MZ and I were watching the time and the exacting moment it turned Fall, were jumped up and was celebrating! We just felt like it!
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    Re: Autumnal Equinox (Fall)

    Post by Marijane on Thu 24 Sep 2009, 10:45 pm

    *nods* That is the truth. We did jump up and down Razz
    *looks at everyone* Don't judge my uniqueness!

    *hugs everyone* HAPPY FALL!
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    Re: Autumnal Equinox (Fall)

    Post by blueeyedwolf on Sat 03 Oct 2009, 12:02 am

    Lumberyard Fall Celebration:
    Freeze can off serving customers when it's 5 degrees Celsius outside, raining, windy and the occasional hailstorm. LOL... but not really...

    Can't wait for winter too.

    Here's hoping for a warm October.

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