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September Equinox 2009


Balance of the hemispheres

Why observe and celebrate the interactions of the Earth, Moon, and Sun?

The Festivals, Feasts, and Fasts of all human belief systems originated in our observations of this Cosmic Dance and it's effects.
Everything is affected by the changing seasons and the rhythm of the tides.
Why not commit yourself this year to celebrating in tune with these natural rhythms?
You will benefit physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
It will help you to truly re-earth.

For those who think such practices are mere superstition here are some relevant quotes:

from "Permaculture - A Designer's Manual" by Bill Mollison
"We cannot know more than a fraction of what exists. We will always be a minor part of the information system"
Methods of Design - 3.10.3

"Nothing we can observe is regular, partly because we ourselves are imperfect observers.
We tell fortunes, (or lose them) on the writhing of entrails, or cathode ray graphics;
on the scatters of dice or bones, or on arrays of measures.
Are the readings of tea-leaves any less reliable than the projections of pollsters?"
Pattern Understanding - 4.1

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My fence 12.9.2009

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"The Earth is capable of replenishing herself and supplying every living thing with a home and sustenance"
Sarah King
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This winter and spring have brought me positive proof of this.

During the summer of 2008/9, we had record-breaking heat, severe drought, and frequent damaging winds.
At the height of the season the local council decided to re-surface the lane, and, contrary to the council's instructions,
the contractors removed all the roadside plantings except those on the Stobie Poles, and asphalted over them!
The brush fences and gates opposite me in the lane were removed & replaced with Colorbond, &automatic gates;
and new gas mains were installed throughout the district, which meant portions of both the road surface and each garden had to be dug up!
The last remaining tree was removed from next door, so an extra possum moved into my garden,
and the lack of water and greenery in the locality meant my tiny food forest became a refuge for everything in the area that moved.
The birds and possums between them killed my apricot tree, and left the apple almost naked. The possums also ate much of the fruit blossom.
They also ate all the surviving peaches before they even turned colour.
Days of 40++ degrees with high winds resulted in two large branches breaking off the Macadamia, and the loss of the entire Avocado crop.
The combination of roadworks, heat, and gnawed bark killed the passionfruit on the front fence.

spring flowers growing

But, here at least, the winter rains came right on time, and have been average to good.
Since in summer there was barely enough water for survival, plants substantially increased their root systems,
and as a result spring growth has been phenomenal!
As I write, the garden is redolent with the mingled scents of jasmine, mandarin, orange, lemon, and avocado flowers.
The hum of bees and the birdcalls are almost loud enough to mask the noise of traffic, the air is full of darting hoverflies,
and butterflies are busy mating, laying eggs on the nettles and nasturtiums,
only occasionally stopping to sip nectar from their favourite flowers which I have grown especially for them.
The Grevilleas are thick with blossom, as they have been all winter, and the Alyogyne, a species of native hibiscus is covered with flowers.
The Peach & the Macadamia are also covered in blossom, while the fresh greeness and tender silky texture of the emerging leaves of the Persimmon, Fig, and Grape vine are impossible either to photograph or to describe adequately.
This magical phenomenon lasts only for a few days, before the leaves darken and toughen ready for the work they have to do in Summer

Alyogyne or native hisbiscus

In the lane plants of all kinds have pushed through the asphalt, and re-established themselves without assistance.
The space left by the passionfruit has been filled, as you see in the first photograph, by Nasturtiums, Appleberries, Hardenbergia, and wild Clematis.
New growth is rapidly filling the gap in the Macadamia, and I'm thinking of netting the apple this season, lest it meet the same fate as the Apricot.
7-year beans re-sown in the autumn are now blooming profusely, as are the peas.
As for produce: in spite of the wildlife, shocking conditions, wind damage, and minimal watering,
I was able to harvest plenty of Sultana grapes, Persimmons, Guavas, Figs, Sweet potatos, herbs and greens, and quite a few Macadamias.
Meanwhile I have been using up fruit dried or preserved in the previous season, and Macadamias from the previous crop.
There has been an abundance of mushrooms in the parklands.
And the damaged trees provided me with both firewood and mulch for future use.

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The September Equinox this year occurs at 21.19 GMT on September 22nd.
(Adelaide time 6.49am on 23rd.)
In the Southern Hemisphere this is our Vernal (Spring) Equinox,
& in those areas that had good rains to break the drought, spring growth is already well advanced.
In the North the first signs of Autumn appear,
and the harvest is well under way.
But all over the world, day and night are of equal length today,
reminding us that all earthly beings share the same planet.
The balance of Nature's unceasing cycles of birth, growth, death and decay,
are appropriate subjects for meditation and contemplation at this time.


Another point of interest - at each Equinox the sun rises due East, and sets due West, all over the globe.
At true Noon, it is due South in the Northern Hemisphere, and due North in the Southern.

Meanwhile Lunar celebrations and meditations continue to unite beings all over the world
for the Moon shows the same face to the whole Earth.

See Seasons and Calendars for detailed information.

GLENYS LIVINGSTONE'S PAGAIAN MUSINGS for the current Equinox

Seasons and Calendars
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