The astronomical fall officially begins today.

Yes, America, here it comes  ~

Eastern Daylight Time: 4:21 a.m.
Central Daylight Time: 3:21 a.m.
Mountain Daylight Time: 2:21 a.m.
Pacific Daylight Time: 1:21 a.m.

Sweaters are coming out of the closet.  Leaves are falling. There’s pumpkin spice-flavored everything.

 

I cannot endure to waste anything so precious as autumnal sunshine by staying in the house.

~ Nathaniel Hawthorne

 

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I can’t deny it any longer. It’s autumn. A turning point in the life-force-driven year of my garden. Chrysanthemums are here, pumpkins are ripe in the field. Yet, still shining in all their punch-drunk dizzying glory, are the golden rudbeckia and sunflowers ~ all showing off their miraculous optimism.

IMG_0164September is a gratifying month. There’s garlic in the barn, pickles in the refrigerator, sauce in the freezer. I think the humble beauty of vegetables is amen-astonishing.

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wikiHow is all over that equinox hoo-ha. Here are their 11 ways to celebrate. But I think ancient Chinese philosophers know best.

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Autumn westness on September 22, 2012 in Nago, Okinawa, Japan via EarthSky Facebook friend Beverly Fish.
  • Stand facing west, considered the direction of autumn in ancient Chinese philosophy. Just stand for a few moments and honor the “westness” of autumn. Consider your dreams and visions, and the path on which you’re moving forward through your life.
  • Light white candles against the growing darkness of the season. Or place white flowers on your table. White is the color of autumn in the Chinese tradition.
  • Allow yourself to weep for things you have lost. Weeping is the sound of this season, according to Chinese philosophy.
  • Find the courage to face what’s ahead.

 

Sun rays are lowering. nights are crisp. outside, There’s a lot of scurrying for survival.
Such a bittersweet time.
because everything is saying goodbye.

Toni 9/23/15

5 thoughts on “WELL, SEPTEMBER 23, YOU’RE HERE AGAIN

  1. What a lovely tribute to the changing season. I like the Chinese equinox celebration – one that I’d not heard of before and seems so apt. Except the color. I think I’ll cobble together my own version and use reddish-golden-orange as the color.

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