Today is the Autumnal Equinox. I did a little research into what that means, so here it is: an equinox happens each year at two specific moments in time (rather than two whole days), when there is a location on the Earth’s equator, where the center of the Sun can be observed to be vertically overhead. Although it is not strictly true scientifically that the day of an equinox has exactly equal light and dark hours it is the closest that we come to that mark. It is that idea of balance that really intrigued me these past two weeks. As I wandered around the Ranch I was looking for a way to portray that balance of light and dark in a landscape, I was looking for something that said “September” to me. September is an in between month, both visually and psychologically it still has the heat of summer but none of the luster, things are dusty and dry with no sign of rains relief, vacations are a distant memory and the grind and routine of work and school loom large. But this wonder called the equinox gives September something special, balance. What a wonderful metaphor to meditate on! The equal acceptance of light and dark, sun and shadows. When I was looking on the Internet at scientific explanations of the equinox there were several renderings of the earth in its relationship to the sun. As I pondered the pictures I realized that the autumn and spring Equinox mark the two days out of 365 in which every person on the planet experiences the same light and dark! Wherever you are on earth today it is the equinox and wherever you are on earth today the sunrises at approximately the same time for everyone on the planet as well as the sunset. Northern and Southern hemispheres experience the same amount of darkness and light. Wow! What if we could somehow take a pause (and when I say we I mean all the people of our little planet, earth) and realize we are living this together. The Equinox is not about politics or religion or tribes or class, it is a physical fact for all beings on this planet, we all have these two days in common! It’s a start, pass it on, maybe we can get the word out; we’re all in this together. Wow, September just got a whole lot more interesting.
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