The autumnal equinox is one of the four quadrature points of the earths orbit, the others being vernal equinox, Summer Solstice, and the winter solstice. During the autumnal equinox, which occurs on or about September 23rd the night hours, begin to overtake the day hours and we begin to enter the time of darkness.
According to Pagan traditions the Autumnal equinox marks the second harvest, the first harvest was known as Lammas and occurred on August 1st. As agricultural methods improved the growing season was lengthened and this was time of harvest and was the end of summer. Mabon was also celebrated at this time of year. When crops were harvested and thanks were given for the harvest of the past year. This was also the time of the ‘wine moon’ when grapes were harvested and made into wine for the upcoming year.
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