The autumnal equinox is almost upon us, September 23rd, when the number of daylight and nighttime hours are the same. From now until December 21st, the winter solstice, there will be fewer and fewer minutes of daylight each day. The next day of equal light and dark is on the vernal equinox, March 20th, 2011.
For thousands of years people consulted the positions of the sun, stars and moon to determine the length of the year, when to plant and harvest, and the most auspicious times for many human activities. Astronomy and astrology were seen as one in the same until the Renaissance period when the two studies became more distinct with astronomy being seen as science and astrology as pseudoscience.
But in many cultures around the world, the celebration of the seasonal changes and the movement of celestial bodies still are seen as vital elements affecting the cosmos and those of us living within it.
For 30 years, We’Moon has been producing an astrological datebook that chronicles and celebrates our connection to the celestial creation. Their Web site says, “the We’Moon astrological datebook, wall calendar and cards collect and integrate powerful women’s art and writing from all over the world into a gorgeous and useful guide to lunar rhythms, astrological cycles, deep ecology, pagan traditions, and multi-cultural, earth-based spirituality.”
As you experience the equinox on the 23rd, take a moment to check out We’Moon and their uniquely inspired and art and calendars.
Heidi Hunt is an Assistant Editor at MOTHER EARTH NEWS magazine. She has been on the editorial staff since 2001 when Ogden Publications acquired the magazine. Heidi especially enjoys interacting with readers and answering the myriad of questions they throw her way. You can also follow Heidi on Google+.