Today marks the fall equinox. The sun passes the equator and heads south for the winter. The day and night are divided equally. In ancient times, this was celebrated as Mabon, a time to celebrate the harvest.
As an added treat this year, we will have a full moon in the constellation Aries. This full moon occuring at or near the autumnal equinox is known as the harvest moon. It hangs low in the sky longer than in the summer months, and gave its light to farmers in days gone by, allowing them to stay in the fields longer to bring in the crops. Next month’s full moon is called “hunter’s moon” from ancient times.
Ancient cultures around the world built remarkable structures to mark the summer and winter solstices as well as the equinoxes. This, presumably, aided the early agrarian societies by identifying the optimal times for planting and harvesting, which would have been crucial to their survival and growth.
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(photograph copyright 2010 Briseadh na Faire, used by permission)