another equinox

The Autumnal Equinox occurs tonight at 11:09 Eastern Daylight Time.

It is, of course, one of two points in the year when the lengths of daylight and darkness in a day are exactly the same at the Equator. As I mentioned in Sunday’s post, this is also one of two days in the year that I make a special, purposeful effort to do things that may restore balance and harmony in my life around issues and circumstances which may be decidedly out of balance or alignment.

My practice on the solstices and equinoxes (as well as on other significant points on the runic calendar) is to observe the rising and setting of the sun and mark these points on a simple stone circle in the turnaround island in front of our house. The placement of this stone circle is unfortunate because when you stand at its center, the view of the equinox rising-point is blocked by the powerhouse. This problem will be remedied when we build an astronomical observatory on the ridge-top to the north of the house.

Because the observatory will be a tower on a high-point of land, views in every direction will be unobstructed except by an adobe collar designed specifically to block out ground-based light pollution. From a distance the tower will appear to be a natural earth formation to the casual eye; its exterior will be inspired by the giant termite mounds found in Australia. Yet the tower itself will be a precise scientific instrument for measuring and marking celestial movement and events. It will help us better understand where and how we are in relation to the other planets, the sun and other stars, and the cosmos.

Every atom in our bodies, our planet and all other bodies in the solar system—absolutely everything in the universe—is spinning and orbiting according to universal laws of balance. As an observer on a spinning object, all this spinning and orbiting is disorienting.

Yet the more an observer can understand, measure, and anticipate all this movement, the more readily one can actually see the vast distances of space from our earthly vantage.

Our observatory tower will be an experiential learning tool to make this perception easier.

In the meantime, our modest stone circle will just have to do as our basic tool for celestial observations. The power house blocking the point of this morning’s sunrise is a reminder that man’s works and creations so often obscure our vision and make balance more difficult to achieve in our lives. Precise balance-points in life usually must be found through guesswork and approximations, trial-and-error.

It’s a privilege to be living here in Nature and having the daily opportunity to learn about living in balance with it.


Groove of the Day

I overdosed on the Moody Blues in the psychedelic age, and still can’t listen to their more popular songs to this day. Here’s one of their lesser-known pieces which you may find interesting. It’s evocative of that distant time and yet timeless in its own way. If you like parables, you might even enjoy it.

Listen to The Moody Blues performing “The Balance″


1 Response to “another equinox”

  1. 1 Julianne
    September 22, 2010 at 9:39 pm

    An equinox is when the sun is in the same plane as the Earth’s equator. As you pointed out, it’s a specific time rather than a period of time. An equilux is when day and night lengths are equal and this spans a 24 hour period. Today, we get about 10 minutes more day than night. Around Sept 27 or 28th we’ll get 12 hours of each.

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