Saturday, September 23, 2006

Fall Equinox

The autumn equinox, the official first day of fall, the date when day and night are the same length. Leaves starting to turn. Flowers finishing their season. And we gradually become more night-bound.

Fall is a time for introspection and renewal. Today is the start of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year, a time for prayer, introspection, and renewal. Ramadan, which starts in mid-October, is the holy month of fasting, prayer, and renewal for those of Muslim faith. In ancient times, the Celts performed rituals to mark the autumn equinox and celebrate harvest before moving into the darkness of winter. (It is thought that Stonehenge was built to align with the equinox and solstice points.)

Fall is liminal; fall is...


Be quiet, my soul, be quiet.
Let the waves take you one by one
and sail you to the crescent of the moon.

Yes, the world is roaring
and there is work to do…
but to-night, my soul, to-night is yours
to behold
the beauty of the sunset
as the year prepares to yield
and takes its place in history.

--Monique Pasternak

No comments: