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Autumnal Equinox Arrives!

Welcome, Fall!

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September 22, 2013, at 3:44 p.m. CDT marks the exact moment when fall arrives and the astrological calendar enters the sign of Libra. The Autumnal Equinox signals the beginning of autumn in the Northern Hemisphere when the sun appears to cross the celestial equator from north to south.

Derived from the Latin words aequus (equal) and nox (night), 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, as it has this year. 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. As the light of the full Harvest Moon, also called the Wine Moon or Fruit Moon, shines bright across half the world, sit close to the one you love and toast the new season with a traditional glass of full-bodied wine or a cup 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 to welcome the new season.

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