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The Autumnal equinox 2014 (Mabon)

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autumnal equinox 2014 over Slievenamon, County Tipperary
Irish Landscape Photography : Nigel Borrington

What is the autumnal equinox

Our year is divided into four season’s(Winter, Spring, Summer and Autumn), the starting date of these seasons is determined by the movement of the sun as our planet orbits around it with a little help by the tilt of the earth’s axis.

On the autumnal equinox, day and night are equally 12 hours long . As the Sun crosses the celestial equator going southward; it rises exactly due east and sets exactly due west.

From tomorrow we start the slow movement towards the winter season, marked my the shortest day , the 21st of December.

Autumnal equinox in the Pagan world.

The holiday of the autumnal equinox, Harvest Home, Mabon, the Feast of the Ingathering, MeΓ‘n FΓ³mhair or Alban Elfed (in Neo-Druid traditions), is a Pagan ritual of thanksgiving for the fruits of the earth and a recognition of the need to share them to secure the blessings of the Goddess and the God during the coming winter months.

The name Mabon was coined by Aidan Kelly around 1970 as a reference to Mabon ap Modron, a character from Welsh mythology. Among the sabbats, it is the second of the three Pagan harvest festivals, preceded by Lammas / Lughnasadh and followed by Samhain.

Ref : Wheel of the Year

15 responses

  1. Superb shot, Nigel!

    September 22, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    • Hello Dina πŸ™‚

      Thank you , very pleased you enjoyed πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      September 23, 2014 at 11:11 am

  2. By far my favorite of your images, Nigel. It’s perfect.

    Happy autumn to you πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    September 22, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    • Hello Sharon πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      Thank you , very pleased you like this one and Happy Autumn back πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      September 23, 2014 at 11:12 am

  3. avian101

    What a shot!! Beautiful! πŸ™‚

    September 22, 2014 at 4:13 pm

  4. That’s a killer of a shot, Nigel. I liked the bit of history in your post, too. This is my favorite day of the year.

    September 22, 2014 at 11:55 pm

    • Hello Elen πŸ™‚

      Thank you , very happy that you enjoyed this post πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      me too !! a great time of the year πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      September 23, 2014 at 11:14 am

  5. wow! incredible capture Nigel. thanks

    September 23, 2014 at 10:41 am

    • Hello Eddie πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      Thank you , very pleased you liked it and thank you for your comment and like πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      September 23, 2014 at 11:14 am

  6. M-R

    A reallylovely shot, Nigel ! – just wonderful. And wondrous !

    September 23, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    • Hello M πŸ™‚

      Thank you , very happy you enjoyed this one πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      September 26, 2014 at 4:35 pm

  7. Beautiful photo.

    September 24, 2014 at 3:44 pm

    • Hello Mike πŸ™‚

      Thank you , very pleased you like πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      September 26, 2014 at 4:34 pm

  8. Thank you for visiting my blog and liking one of my posts. Blessings, Natalie πŸ™‚

    October 17, 2014 at 3:02 am

    • Hello πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      A pleasure and thank you πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      October 17, 2014 at 11:45 am

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