Autumnal Equinox 2018

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A beautiful moth in the butterfly garden of Gold Park.
Personal Collection 09-22-2018
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These golden beauties line the walkway at Gold Park.
Personal Collection 09-22-2018
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These look like a distant cousin of Coreopsis.
Personal Collection 09-22-2018
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Baby pine tree.
Personal Collection 09-22-2018
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That is a handcrafted bee hotel at Gold Park.
Personal Collection 09-22-2018
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One week ago, the Eno was completely out of its banks.
Personal Collection 09-22-2018

Soothing sounds. I could listen to this all day.

It was a wonderful walk. There was a breeze and the temperature was in the higher 80s instead of the 90s. Fall is finally here. The local trees’ leaves aren’t changing color just yet but, many are ‘leaf dropping’, including the huge Maple tree in my front yard. I sat in my Adirondack for a couple of hours, journaling. I look forward to the mosquitoes leaving. They are still here. ~Vic

The Autumnal Equinox for this area of the Northern Hemisphere was at 9:54pm EDT.

Why is it called ‘an equinox’?
The word comes from the Latin aequus, meaning “equal” and nox, meaning “night”.

During the equinox, the Sun crosses what we call the “celestial equator”. Imagine a line that marks the equator on Earth extending up into the sky above the equator from north to south. Earth’s two hemispheres receive the Sun’s rays about equally. The Sun is overhead at noon as seen from the equator, so at this point, the amount of nighttime and daytime (sunlight) are roughly equal to each other.


Fun Facts & Myths

The Snake of Sunlight
A famous ancient equinox celebration was the Mayan sacrificial ritual by the main pyramid at Chichen Itza, Mexico. The pyramid, known as El Castillo, has 4 staircases running from the top to the bottom of the pyramid’s faces, notorious for the bloody human sacrifices that used to take place here. The staircases are built at a carefully calculated angle which makes it look like an enormous snake of sunlight slithers down the stairs on the day of the equinox.


Other Customs

6 thoughts on “Autumnal Equinox 2018

    kristianw84 said:
    September 22, 2018 at 10:54 PM

    Beautiful pictures!!

      The Hinoeuma responded:
      September 22, 2018 at 11:01 PM

      Thank you very much! <3

    ~H@rdip~ said:
    September 23, 2018 at 12:40 AM

    Beautiful 🦋👌 Natural Vibe 🌳🌱🌿☘️

      The Hinoeuma responded:
      September 23, 2018 at 1:03 AM

      Thank you so much! <3

    JT Twissel said:
    September 24, 2018 at 1:37 PM

    Interesting – I found Chichen Itza to be a frightening place. Just the thought of all those sacrifices…. ugh.

      The Hinoeuma responded:
      September 24, 2018 at 2:25 PM

      Yeah. It was a pretty bloody culture.

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