Happy Monday everyone!
If you’re of the same opinion as F. Scott Fitzgerald – “life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall” – you know that Autumn is on its way. When the leaves fall, the days get shorter and the temperature drops, you know Summer has ended.
Tomorrow marks the beginning of the colourful season of Autumn, so it may not surprise you to know, that today’s motivational Monday Mood theme is Autumnal Equinox.
The word “Equinox” is derived from Latin and means “equal night”. On the day of an Equinox, day and night are of approximately equal length all over the world.
This year, Autumnal Equinox begins on 22nd September at 14.30 and begins in the Northern Hemisphere. It is the moment in time when the Sun stands directly above the equator while crossing from the north to the south. The Earth is tilted on its axis, orbiting the sun, which in turn illuminates the northern or southern hemisphere, depending on where the Earth is along its orbit.
I’m sure you’ll agree that Autumn is one of the most stunning seasons when the Autumn leaf colour changes to various shades of red, yellow, purple, black, orange and brown. For those of us with a spiritual side, September Equinox also serves as a reminder to bring some balance into our lives and to take ownership of the direction our lives are heading into.
The Harvest Moon, which usually falls in September, is the name given to the full moon which occurs nearest to the Autumnal Equinox. Historically, it is said that the Harvest Moon enabled farmers to work late into the night, helping them to bring in the crops from the fields.
For those who are located at the high northern hemisphere latitudes, the Autumnal Equinox paves the way for an increased opportunity to view the Aurora Borealis, commonly known as the Northern Lights.
I’ve selected a handful of popular tunes with the Autumnal theme to include tunes performed by The Kinks, The Moody Blues, Neil Young and Eva Cassidy and The White Stripes to listen to at your leisure.
Until next week!
The Kinks – Autumn Almanac (1967)
Justin Hayward Ft. The Moody Blues – Forever Autumn (1978)
Neil Young – Harvest Moon (1992)
Eva Cassidy – Autumn Leaves (1996)
The White Stripes – Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground (2001)