Fall Equinox – Happy Fall

img_3854Grandpa always said if he made it to the Equinox he knew he would be alive for another five months.   I wonder if there was truth to Grandpa’s legend.

In my quick research about the fall equinox I was reminded of some interesting things.  We here in the northern hemisphere had the first day of fall today but our friends on the other side of equator had their first day of spring.  That is a little hard for us to wrap our heads around.  My friend who lives in South Africa helps me keep the seasons straight with her Facebook posts put it’s still difficult to fathom.

The first and last day of fall and spring are also the days of almost equal daylight and dark.  In the spring that longer day is a great joy for me but in the fall, for those of us who live with seasonal affective disorder (depression caused by lack of daylight), it is the mark of what can be a difficult and dismal time of year.  If you see us with our faces pressed to the window on a sunny day you should not be surprised.

Something I didn’t know before today was about the festivals which surround Equinox. While it doesn’t hold the same fanfare as the Summer and Winter Solstice it is still celebrated in many countries and cultures.  Winter Solstice is the light festival in almost every culture.  I knew someone who lived in the Yukon and he talked about how the 21st of June (the summer solstice) is spent picnicking on Keno hill while they watch the sun move around it.  Most of the fall equinox celebrations have to do with harvest while the ones in the spring are about fertility and planting.

I’m sure my Great Uncle Norm MacPherson, who I think knew everything, could explain it to me in a way I would understand but generally, the science is beyond me.  Aside from the science, but because of it, we experience two interesting phenomena after the fall equinox. I knew about the harvest moon we usually see in the fall.  That bigger than usual, red/golden ball rising in the east in October but the other spectacle in the sky is the Northern lights or  aurora borealis. We can expect to see more often over the next month and I understand from other reports I’ve seen lately that this year the light show is going to bigger and better than usual so those of a little further south may well be able to enjoy it.

Wishing you a wonderful fall season.






About Peggy Guiler

You just never know what show up on my blog. As the name implies it is about the stuff of life just like Spilt Milk. Everyday events spark thought and contemplation. Special events in the community, the country or the world may strike a cord and get me talking. Sometimes it's about people in my life or circumstances, sometimes about my garden, sometimes about a book or a political issue. Always it's about something I am passionate about. In my business, River of Hope Enterprises (www.riverofhopeenterprises.com), I work as an "Certified Coach" (International Coach Federation), a trainer, consultant and speaker. and as a spiritual director. I also drive a school bus to keep the wolf from the door while I build my business. I love the kids on the bus (most of the time). My family is grown and I have three grandkids who thrill my heart but I don't get to see any of them very often. Circumstances of life have made "family" difficult. My son died by suicide at age 16 in 2000 and the strain on our family relationships since has been huge. Mental health is a field where I worked for almost 22 years and where I still do some consulting and training. That combined with my own battle with depression and my son's death weave together to form some of my greatest soap box items: suicide intervention, suicide bereavement and peer support in mental health are right on the top of my list. Social justice is an underlying passion. Keeping the wolf from the door as a single parent was full-time work and my career path as a journalists was augmented with cleaning contracts, cooking, retail clerk, and bartending. I have known hard work and am grateful for the experience and perspective it has given me. A firmly grounded faith and a passion for learning has now taken me toward a new field as a Spiritual Director and I am soon adding to that a license to marry people. As I move toward retirement I am very aware that I have to keep working so I chose to do things which will meet my modest financial needs and also my love of supporting people in their life journey. Woven into all of this is my love of writing. Trained as a Journalist, and having worked in the field as a freelance news writer for many years, I have a great love for writing. This blog is a new beginning for me. As I hone my skills and begin to form a daily discipline of writing I hope it will lead to more writing in the future.
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