22nd September - Autumn Equinox

Autumn Equinox - time for reflection and consolidation on past achievements, and learning from mistakes - balancing the books and enjoying equality, planting bulbs and scattering seeds - reaping the benefits from before. Remember love is always with you and nothing can destroy it....LEARN FROM THE PAST. LIVE IN THE PRESENT. LOOK TO THE FUTURE.


Autumn Equinox, 2011: Jamie Reid

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Fading Sun Flower, Autumn 2007: Jamie Reid

Moon Phases, September 2016:
New Moon – September 1, 10:03
First Quarter – September 9, 12:48
Full Moon – September 16, 20:05
Last Quarter – September 23, 10:56




The Old Shed Door, The Plot, Liverpool, Summer 2011: Anon

Saint's Days and Observances:
Digna and Emerita
Emmeram of Regensburg
Maurice (Western Church)
Theban Legion
Thomas of Villanova

American Business Women's Day (United States)
Car-Free Day (Europe and Montreal, Canada)
Earliest date for the autumnal equinox:
French Republican New Year, the first day ("Grape") in the Month of Vendémiaire. (French Revolution)
Harvest Festival, celebrated on Harvest Moon, the full moon nearest to the autumnal equinox. (Britain)
Mabon in the northern hemisphere, Ostara in the southern hemisphere. (Neopagan Wheel of the Year)
The first day of Miķeļi (ancient Latvia)
Chuseok, the Korean harvest festival, celebrated on the Harvest Moon. One of the major Korean holidays. (South Korea)
Independence Day, celebrates the independence of Bulgaria from the Ottoman Empire in 1908.
Independence Day, celebrates the independence of Mali from France in 1960.
Some Latter Day Saints recognise it as "Trumpet Day," or the day that Joseph Smith received the golden plates, which later became the Book of Mormon, from the angel Moroni.

Also on this day:

1598 – Ben Jonson is indicted for manslaughter.

1692 – Last people hanged for witchcraft in Britain's North American colonies.

1823 – Joseph Smith, Jr. states he found the Golden plates on this date after being directed by God through the Angel Moroni to the place where they were buried.

1862 – 'Slavery in the United States' - a preliminary version of the Emancipation Proclamation is released.

1910 – The Duke of York's Picture House opens in Brighton, now the oldest continually operating cinema in Britain. Still going strong.

1934 – An explosion takes place at Gresford Colliery in Wales, leading to the deaths of 266 miners and rescuers.

1979 – The Vela Incident (also known as the South Atlantic Flash) is observed near Bouvet Island, thought to be a nuclear weapons test.

1991 – The Dead Sea Scrolls are made available to the public for the first time by the Huntington Library.

2003 – David Hempleman-Adams becomes the first person to cross the Atlantic Ocean in an open-air, wicker-basket hot air balloon.

* more information can be found on the Gardeners Calendar website here.