Friday, September 30, 2011

Autumn Equinox

The Equinox is a the astrological event when we experience the same amount of daylight as nightfall. The pagans celebrated it as a time of balance. Equally as important as the two other astrological events; summer solstice and winter solstice. The summer being the peak amount of daylight experience, and the winter being the deprivation of daylight experience.  As humans we revel in the celebration of highs and lows, and overlook the mundane experience of balance. Balance sits as an ideal embrace by fringe spiritual pedagogues, and the new age aimless. Balance and harmony get used as buzz words that seem nice like flowers in the spring, but rarely do we take seed, and develop some sort of consumable, sustainable, nurturing food from a garden of existence.

Ironically during the Autumn we in the North East, experience a visual display by the deciduous forest unparallelled by any arbor event on the planet. The colors of the leaves changing have been described as natures orgasm prior to falling into a deep sleep through the winter night. We experience a peak of color during an astrological time of balance. On the farm we search for comfort in the fact that the barn is full of hay, and the woodshed ends up pack full of fire wood. A promise that this winter during the snow and cold we won't have to venture far to feel warm, feed ourselves and our animals. A feat each farmer strives for every year.