23rd 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:
Padre Pio
Pope Linus
Thecla (Roman Catholic Church)

Autumnal equinox related observances (see September 22):
Shūbun no Hi (Japan)
Celebrate Bisexuality Day (Bisexual community)
National Day (Saudi Arabia)
Traditional New Year's Day in Constantinople and Eastern Orthodox Churches; because of the birthday of Augustus, not because of the equinox.

Also on this day:

1641 – The Merchant Royal, carrying an immense treasure worth is lost at sea off Land's End, and still not found.

1846 – Neptune is discovered by French astronomer Urbain Jean Joseph Le Verrier and British astronomer John Couch Adams; the discovery is verified by German astronomer Johann Gottfried Galle.

1959 – Iowa farmer and corn breeder Roswell Garst hosts Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev.

1973 – Juan Perón returns to power in Argentina.

1999 – NASA announces that it has lost contact with the Mars Climate Orbiter.

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