Thursday, September 06, 2007

Harvest Moon September 26

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Ah, the changing of the seasons. It's time to start preparing for the holidays coming up. Cut some firewood for the fireplace. Put away the bathing suits and get out the heavy coats.

We have a sense of bringing in the harvest, settling in, maybe lining up some good books to read for the winter. Preparing to get a little cozy, maybe a little wistful ... for things we can't really name ... it's that time of year. This may be part of the collective consciousness, as our ancestors eons ago watched the sun appearing to disappear and could only hope it would return and bring the spring. We have science to tell us that it will, and recorded history. They had myths to explain the event, Persephone going back to the Underworld, and Ceres mourning.

Changes on earth heralded by changes in the sky coming up this month ...

The Autumnal Equinox is coming up later this month in the northern hemisphere, marking the beginning of fall. September 23 at 5:51 a.m. EDT. Near equal day and night.

And how can you miss the Harvest Moon, September 26. It will rise about 30 mins after sunset, instead of 50 mins after sunset, and appears luminous in the sky as the moon is closest to us (perigee) on Setptember 27, at a distance of only 223,330 miles.

Take pleasure in the beauty of nature around you every day.

"I see skies of blue and clouds of white
The bright blessed day, the dark sacred night
And I think to myself what a wonderful world.

From What a Wonderful World by George David Weiss and Bob Thiele, recorded by Louis Armstrong in 1968

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