Blythe Cove Manor Blog: Autumnal Equinox Then and Now

Imagine yourself in a time long ago – a time with no clocks, no watches, no smart phones or internet. Imagine yourself in the past, where the only way to know the passage of time was to watch the sun and moon and the stars above.

What a strange and scary feeling it would be for us, for those of us who live and die by the ticking hands of our man-made clocks, but for our ancestors it was normal. They didn’t need to calculate the seconds or minutes that tick away each hour. Time must have been more grandiose, more magnificent, or I may just be waxing poetic.

Either way our ancient ancestors did have a way to mark and record the passage of time, and there must have been no greater or significant moment in the calendar than the autumnal equinox.

So brings us to the topic of our blog this week; the autumnal equinox is the beginning of fall. It has been celebrated for centuries by many cultures and has played a significant role belief systems. Fall is the time of harvest. It signifies the changing of seasons and marks the time to gather and prepare food for the colder months.

I love long summer days so the balancing of night and day doesn’t bring me any joy. The autumnal equinox is the only day when both daytime and nighttime have the same length. Some say this brings a balance. I say it just brings early bedtimes.

Although we no longer have to harvest our food and prepare it for the winter, we can take this time to have an “inner harvest.” Take the time to reflect on what you have learned over the summer, what you have accomplished, and what you plan on doing this winter. Take the time to go through your closets, donate the clothes you never wore over the summer and begin to replace your summer gear with your winter wardrobe.

Take the time to remember what our ancestors did during this time of year. They acknowledged the changing of the seasons, prepared for the future, and were grateful for what they had. And maybe take one more lesson from those who lived so long ago. When you can, take your watch off, put your phone down and turn off your electronics. Go outside and breath in the crisp autumn air and maybe you too can forget about those seconds and minutes ticking by so quickly.

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