The Autumnal Equinox is here!  The first day of Fall is here!  This is the time when Night and Day are of equal length.  The long, hot summer is coming to an end.  In the Northern hemisphere, we’re turning toward the longer nights and shorter days.

We feel this change strongly in our bodies at this time.  We’re all aware the sun is setting a little earlier than it did a month ago, there’s a little nip in the air, leaves are beginning to change, apples are ripening and children are back in school.

This is the time of year when we take stock of what we have and make decisions about how we want to go forward.  It’s a time or sorting, planning and preparing.  But most of all, it’s a time of sharing.

In the Pagan tradition, we look at Nature to teach us.  Right now, Nature is giving it all away.  Everywhere you look, seed pods are breaking open, root crops have matured, the fruit is hanging off the vine.  Every earthly thing is Sharing.  It’s Harvest Time, a time of gratitude, thanks giving and sharing.

This Fall Equinox is followed quickly by the Harvest Moon.  This year it will be Full on September 27-28th.  It is a “Super Moon” which means it looks like it’s really big.  (Giving us lots of light to bring in the Harvest)

This year the full harvest moon will also be a full Lunar Eclipse. (at 4 degrees 40 minutes of Aries)  We’ll be able to see it in its entirety in the eastern half of the US.

In the language of Astrology, Lunar Eclipses signify an intensification of whatever’s happening.  A lunar eclipse in Aries signifies an intensification of our own need to take right action.

I can’t look at the news reports of the refugees pouring into Europe or the refugees fleeing the fires up and down the west coast without remembering how important it is to share.  Fear is a normal emotion…but so is the desire to share and take care of.

Whatever your circumstances, there’s always someone who’s living more precariously.  Here’s an easy link to Unicef.    https://www.unicefusa.org


Or, you can look up your state and country participation in refugee resettlement.  People right near you need blankets, coats, anything you have too much of, there’s a need for.

Or, you can simply share your love.


Song
Here is calm so deep, grasses cease waving.Everything in wild nature fits into us, as if truly part and parent of us.
The rivers flow not past, but through us, thrilling, tingling, vibrating every fiber and cell of the substance of our bodies, Making them glide and sing.

The trees wave and the flowers bloom in our bodies as well as our souls,and every bird song, wind song, and tremendous storm song of the rocks in the heart of the mountains is our song,our very own, and sings our love…John Muir



Read on for more information about the Equinox:



http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=52248

http://www.archaeoastronomy.com/seasons.html

http://www.holidayinsights.com/other/fall.html