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Friday, September 21, 2007
Guest Blogger: Adele DuBois
Love Beneath the Harvest Moon by Adele Dubois

September is the traditional month of change and reorganization. It’s the time we clean up our physical, emotional, and spiritual clutter as we prepare for a new season. For many people September marks the true beginning of the New Year. Children return to school after a long summer break, vacations are over, and our households resume their normal rhythms. This is also a time when we welcome the fall harvest before the dark nights of winter arrive.

The Autumnal Equinox is still celebrated by many cultures worldwide and signals the beginning of autumn in the Northern Hemisphere. Derived from the Latin words aequus (equal) and nox (night), the equinox typically enters between September 22-24 when the sun appears to cross the celestial equator from north to south. This year, September 23, 2007, at 5:51 a.m. EDT marks the exact moment when fall arrives and the astrological calendar enters the sign of Libra. The days and nights will become nearly equal in length, creating balance, as daytime and night both have durations of approximately twelve hours.

The Harvest Moon is the name of the full moon arriving closest to the Autumnal Equinox. In two years out of every three the Harvest Moon rises in September instead of October. The Harvest Moon shines this year on September 26, 2007. No matter where you live in the Northern Hemisphere, the moon will look round and full as it rises in the east around sunset. Farmers will work well into the night to gather their crops as the bright light of the Harvest Moon fills the sky and shines down on the earth.

September also marks the lunar cycle when grapes are traditionally harvested, pressed, and stored to become wine. When the light of the full Harvest Moon, also called the Wine Moon or Fruit Moon, shines bright across half the world on September 26, snuggle close to the one you love and toast the new season with full-bodied glasses of wine or cups of cider. Who could ask for a more romantic setting than love, a good vintage, and a warm blanket spread beneath the glow of a full Harvest Moon?

This article is the original work of Adele Dubois and may not be copied and reposted or reproduced without the courtesy of permission and full credit given to the author. Please visit
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